3 Must-Listen Podcasts for Instructional Designers + Learning Professionals

Jessica Howell
Posted: July 29, 2016

As a learning professional, your typical workday may be jam-packed with getting the kids off to school, fighting the traffic on your morning commute, and juggling back-to-back meetings. With a hectic schedule, you may find it challenging — heck, even near impossible at times — to stay up to date on the latest learning trends in our industry.

Though the struggle for managing time wisely is very real, it’s important that we as innovative learning professionals do not let our self-education fall by the wayside. After all, the best teachers are students themselves.

When you’re crunched for time, listening to industry-specific podcasts can be the most efficient (and fun) way for you to learn on the go. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite podcasts for instructional designers and learning professionals to help you stay in the know on the latest tools and trends in the training world.

Podcasts are a great way to get chunks of information quickly. Click through to see which three podcasts we recommend for instructional designers and learning professionals.

The eLearning Coach

The eLearning Coach podcast hosted by Connie Malamed offers fresh perspectives and action-packed tips for instructional designers and learning professionals. If you’re a fan of Connie’s blog, you can consider her podcast an audio extension of her wealth of knowledge and expertise in the eLearning world. Connie hosts an array of guest interviews where she sits down with expert designers, developers, authors and professors who share their trade secrets and proven strategies on a variety of topics, including visual communications, social learning, mLearning and the psychology of learning.

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You can find new episodes from Connie usually about once a month, ranging from 20 to 40 minutes per episode. Connie is known for her thought-provoking questions, curated guest list and helpful show notes. She also provides exclusive discount codes from time to time for learning tools and resources.

Speaking of awesome resources, have you checked out our “25+ Must-Have Tools and Resources for Successful Learning Professionals!”?

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The Millennial Career Playbook

Well, we don’t want to toot our own horn, but we just can’t help ourselves! The Millennial Career Playbook, hosted by our very own Debbie Wooldridge and co-host Hy Bender, is a podcast series focused on sharing stories from companies who are doing things right in the Millennial-training world. Debbie and Hy sit down with renowned companies to explore Millennial-friendly policies, hiring practices, and innovative techniques to retain the Millennial workforce.

By the way, did you know, 34 percent of today’s workforce is made up of Millennials? (PricewaterhouseCoopers’) This number is expected to increase drastically to 75 percent by 2025 (Dr. Henrik Bresman). Is your company prepared? Learn more about the solution to this global phenomenon at The Millennial Project!

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If you’re a fan of numbers, this podcast is for you. In its stats, stories and case studies, you’ll discover all there is to know about creating training for the Millennial workforce.

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Trends & Issues

Trends & Issues, hosted by professors Dr. Abbie Brown and Dr. Tim Green, is a weekly podcast that offers updates on the latest and greatest trends in the instructional design and education technology world.  Each week, the professors meet to share news bites on learning science, instructional design trends, technology and helpful resources.

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This podcast is perfect for anyone short on time. With most episodes running around the 10-minute mark, it’s a little like listening to The Skimm — the audio training version. If you’re hungry for more, these two hosts round up loads of helpful resources in their companion Flipboard.

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What are your favorite podcasts to listen to? Comment below with your favorites!


About the Author

Jessica is a full-time marketer, life-long storyteller, and constant learner with a passion for marrying strategy with aesthetics. Throughout her career, Jessica has coached hundreds of small businesses on building purpose-driven brands online. She has spoken on stages across the country including Social Media Marketing World, Yellow Co., and San Diego Ad Club – just to name a few, where she has shared her powerhouse marketing mindset and techniques. She joined the ttcInnovations family full-time in 2017 where she now combines her expertise in digital marketing, her impressive background in teaching, and her knowledge as well as a passion for adult learning. Fueled by coffee, she lives in San Diego with her husband and their two pint-sized golden retrievers.