The ID Transition Toolkit

Looking to become an instructional designer or level up your current skills? You'll find a resource in The ID Transition Toolkit. If you don't, it's not you, it's me. I must have misplaced it. Contact Me and I'll help you find it.

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The ID Academy Primer


This is a quick reference table of the ID academies/programs out there.


  • The presence/absence of an academy/certificate on this list is not an endorsement for or indictment against any academy/certificate.
  • Please do your due diligence by reading reviews, speaking to former members, or comparing the offerings to arrive at an informed decision.


The fields marked with (s) may contain subjective information. The Freebies Value rating is an indicator of the freebies provided by the academy/institute outside of its paid programs, based on publicly available information (website, youtube, open social groups).


If you'd like a customized plan for different budgets ($0, $1500, or $5000), please scroll past this table.

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Academy Certificate Program MOOC Not-For Profit Professional Development Programs
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Academy Certificate Program MOOC Not-For Profit Professional Development Programs
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Academy/Program Missing?

If your academy/program/certification is missing of the details provided here are inaccurate, please use this form.


Want to provide feedback about a program?

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Transition in $0


In this plan, you will find a list of resources that will help you transition to instructional design within a budget of $0. For more context, you can read my LinkedIn post.

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VILT Workshop Self-Paced Blended Book
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VILT Workshop Self-Paced Blended Book
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Transition in $1500


In this plan, you will find a list of resources that will help you transition to instructional design within a budget of $1500. For more context, you can read my LinkedIn post.

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VILT Workshop Self-Paced Blended Book
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Transition in $5000


In this plan, you will find a list of resources that will help you transition to instructional design within a budget of $5000. For more context, you can read my LinkedIn post.

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VILT Workshop Self-Paced Blended
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VILT Workshop Self-Paced Blended
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Course/Program Missing?

If your course/program is missing from any of these lists, please use this form.


Want to provide feedback about a course/program?

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Job Search Websites


In this resource, you will find a list of job portals based on various categories: global, local to US/Nl, freelance, community-driven, military, education, retail, tech, etc.

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Resources to Help You Transition to Instructional Design or Learning Experience Design


In this section, you will find recommendations for over 70 podcasts, 40 youtube channels, 1000+ free tools, 100+ folks to follow on LinkedIn, 10 beautiful learning experiences, resume/LinkedIn optimization tools, and other miscellaneous resources.

Instructional Design Podcasts


Here's a collection of podcasts that I listen to. I have my favorites as of now, but I feel it would be unfair to rank them based on that. As I listen to more episodes in each of these podcasts, I'll be able to rate their content/usefulness for transitioning IDs more accurately.


For now, I can recommend the Hidden Brain podcast, which isn't focused on ID but has a lot of content surrounding learning, brain behavior, and human behavior in the workplace.

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Instructional Design YouTube Channels


I've arrived at a rating (High/Moderate/Low) for these channels based on what I think would be valuable to new IDs. This rating is not a reflection of the quality of content. Some of the channels that are rated "Low" may indeed have high-quality content, but this content may be apt for someone who's further along in their journey as an ID.


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