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- An exploration of the different instructional designer types
- A review of the popular instructional design models
- A simplified breakdown of ADDIE
- An introduction to Adult Learning Theory
- A Training Needs Analysis Template
- A step-by-step process for writing Learning Objectives
- Tips on how to work with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
- The Shawntay Skjoldager 7 Step Process for Outlining Your Course
- Examples of easy to use content organizers to organize course content
- An introduction of the Big 4 Tools to develop courses
- My step-by-step checklist for building a course from start to finish
- One course PowerPoint template
ID Essentials: 3 Things You Need To Know To Get Started In Instructional Design
Instructional Design Essentials: 3 things you need to know to get started in instructional design So many aspiring instructional designers have the same question: what are the instructional design essentials I must know to get started in the field? I’ve got the answers here, all in the same place....Read More...
ID Transition Step 4: Apply for Instructional Design Jobs
ID Transition Step 4: Apply for Instructional Design Jobs Well, you made it to the final step and are ready to apply for instructional design jobs! In this final phase, we’ll walk through how to apply for instructional design jobs that you qualify for. It’s not as simple as filling...Read More...
ID Transition Step 3: How to Upskill for your Future Instructional Design Job
ID Transition Step 3: How to Upskill for your Future Instructional Design Job If landing an instructional design job is your career goal, it’s time to start upskilling! Step three of my instructional design transition plan is all about how to upskill for your dream instructional design job. ...Read More...
ID Transition Step 2: Identify your Instructional Design Skill Gaps
ID Transition Step 2: Identify your Instructional Design Skill Gaps Now that you’ve learned about instructional designers' different roles, it’s time to identify your instructional design skill gaps. This is the second step in a four-step instructional design transition plan series. So, if you need to get caught up, check...Read More...
Instructional Design Transition Step 1: What’s your Dream Job?
Instructional Design Transition Step 1: What's your Dream Job? So you’re thinking about an instructional design transition? If I had to guess, you’re probably smack dab in the middle of a sea of information. When considering a career change, the last thing you need is an overwhelming research project. ...Read More...
The 4 Step Instructional Design Career Transition Plan
Interested in an instructional design career transition but don’t know where to start? Then, the four-step instructional design transition plan is for you! Career transitions and breaking into new roles can be so overwhelming. I spend a lot of time speaking with instructional design hopefuls from different backgrounds. One...Read More...
Resume Tips & LinkedIn Networking for Aspiring Instructional Designers
Every aspiring instructional designer needs a killer resume to land their first instructional design job. In this Accelerated Instructional Design Training episode, I’ve got all the best resume tips, cover letter advice, and LinkedIn networking gems that career changers need. These resume tips come from resume and cover letter...Read More...
Your Instructional Design Portfolio Questions Answered
Your Instructional Design Portfolio Questions Answered An instructional design portfolio is a must-have for instructional designers at all levels. That’s why I sat down with Darlene, the Instructional Design Company’s resident portfolio coach. She answers your burning instructional design portfolio questions in the latest episode of Accelerated Instructional Design! ...Read More...
How to Use Trello to Manage Instructional Design Projects
Here at The Instructional Design Company, we are all about taking advantage of awesome, free tools. That’s why today, we want to share how to use Trello to manage instructional design projects! Why Develop Project Management Skills as an Instructional Designer? Every instructional designer wears a project management hat...Read More...
Make Professional Video Tutorials Using Free Tools
Video tutorials are a high-demand request in the training world. So what sets a professionally made tutorial apart from a basic screen share? Why would you benefit from learning how to make video tutorials for your instructional design job? Let’s get into it! Watch our latest episode of Accelerated...Read More...
Google Tricks for Instructional Design Jobs
I am always on the hunt for awesome tips you can incorporate into instructional design jobs, regardless of your experience level. So it’s especially exciting when I can share tricks that only use FREE tools accessible to anyone. That’s why I’m so pumped to share the latest episode of...Read More...
Your Roadmap to an Instructional Design Job
Have you thought that an instructional design job might be a good fit for you? Maybe you’re unsure how to leap from your current role to an instructional design position. Don’t you wish there was a map you could follow that would lead you to your dream instructional design job?...Read More...
Why Join The Instructional Design & Tech Accelerator System and Certificate Program?
Why Join The Instructional Design & Tech Accelerator System and Certificate Program? A note from Shawntay In my role as chief Trainologist, founder of The Instructional Design Company, and creator of The Instructional Design and Tech Accelerator System and certificate program, I get to follow along with all my...Read More...
How to Make Supplemental Resources: Facilitator guide templates, job aids, and more!
How to Make Supplemental Resources: Facilitator guide templates, job aids, and more! Here's a request that pops up in The Hangout community: help, I need a facilitator guide template now! This is a scenario that occurs way too often. For example, an instructional designer is asked to create...Read More...
Create Courses with Articulate Rise
Create Courses with Articulate Rise As instructional designers, we know so much goes on behind the scenes of a great eLearning course. If we can use a tool that allows us to create courses we designed more easily? Even better! We love using Articulate Rise to create courses...Read More...
Making Animated Videos with Biteable
Making Animated Videos with Biteable Instructional designers are using videos in many creative ways. Lucky for you, making animated videos couldn’t be easier with Biteable. We invited Star Peterson to be a guest trainer as part of our Accelerated ID series to show us all how to effectively use...Read More...
What to Expect in an Instructional Design Interview: Questions and interview tips
So, you’ve landed an instructional design interview, and now you’re looking for interview tips! You’re in luck. As both a hiring manager and someone who has interviewed for various instructional design jobs and learning and development positions, I have plenty of advice I’d love to pass on. The interview...Read More...
Cover Letter and Resume Tips from an Expert
Cover Letter and Resume Tips from an Expert For all my instructional design career changers, I know you’re looking for all the resume tips you can get! But, regardless of what field you’re coming from, a resume change is in order! You just can’t expect to be considered for...Read More...
Using Canva in Instructional Design
Today we’re getting into one of my favorite topics, using Canva in instructional design. Canva is an easy-to-use website that offers a vast library of templates you can use to create presentations, infographics, one-pagers, and so much more! Using Canva in Instructional Design I sat down with graphic...Read More...
Making Animated Videos in Vyond Part 2
If you’re interested in adding a new skill set to your repertoire as an instructional designer, making animated videos is a great choice. Video development is in high demand. Even though not all instructional designers can develop training, employers love a candidate who can do both! That’s why we...Read More...
How to Change Careers from Teaching to Instructional Design
Being a teacher in the 2020s is a job that would be impossible to prepare for. So, it’s no surprise that more people are wondering how to change careers from teaching to instructional design. Teachers are pretty high on the list of people who are the most passionate about...Read More...
Looking Back on your Year in Instructional Design: 5 Tips for Career Changers
Everyone loves an end-of-the-year round-up, including all of us here at The Instructional Design Company. So while Spotify is busy making you question your music journey over the past year, I’m here to help career changers reflect on your instructional design journey. 2021 has been another year of change....Read More...
Making Animated Videos with Vyond
Making animated videos is an amazing skill to add to your resume for new instructional designers. If you’re trying to land an instructional design job, video development skills are a huge plus for employers! It’s no secret how much I love video-based learning. All great training meets learners where...Read More...
How to Create a Portfolio to Land Your Dream Instructional Design Job
How to Create a Portfolio to Land Your Dream Instructional Design Job Whether you’re ready to jump into your instructional design job search or you’re just learning about the field, you’ve got to know about digital portfolios! The truth is, even experienced instructional designers need these tips for...Read More...
Why Changing Careers From Teaching to Instructional Design Makes Good Sense
Are you a burnt-out teacher convinced teaching is the only job you can do? You’re not alone! But, you’re wrong about changing careers from teaching. You’ll be surprised to learn how many transferable skills exist between teaching and instructional design. Instructional design is a great job opportunity for former teachers....Read More...
90 Day Action Plan to Develop Your Skills for an Instructional Design Job
Looking to land an instructional design job? If you’re changing careers it might seem like there are so many steps between where you are now and your dream role. But, I’m here to help! Use this 90 Day Action Plan template and follow the instructions outlined below. You’ll be...Read More...
I Interviewed 4 Instructional Design Career Changers, Here’s What I Learned
Changing careers to begin an instructional design job may sound like a scary thing to do, but more and more people are catching the instructional design buzz. Instructional design is one of the top jobs teachers can transition into. I spoke to four instructional design and eLearning professionals who made...Read More...
Get to Work in Instructional Design: Understanding the Different Instructional Design Jobs
For everyone beginning an instructional design journey, the endgame is the same: instructional design jobs. You all want to get to work! However, if you jump straight into a job board search, you might be overwhelmed. That's because preferred skills for instructional designers vary based on the type of...Read More...
Your Instructional Design Questions, Answered: A Rapid Fire Interview with Shawntay
You asked, Shawntay answers! I’ve got the answers to all your burning instructional design questions right here. As an instructional design mentor, I have the pleasure of working with people coming from all different backgrounds. The one thing they have in common? They’re interested in instructional design and want...Read More...
Designing Effective Training that Wakes the Learner Up!
Creating courses that target specific results and engage the learner is the key to designing effective training. Conventional tactics, like 'click next to continue,' were never effective to begin with but somehow managed to sneak in as "learner engagement." Many employees are obligated to participate in eLearning courses by...Read More...
The 4 Ws for Managing your Training Projects as an Instructional Designer
For new and beginning instructional designers, managing your training projects is an important skill to develop. Aspiring instructional designers often start by learning more about instructional design methodology and adult learning theory or experimenting with different development tools. From there, I recommend getting to know the instructional designer’s role...Read More...
My Accelerator Journey: Darlene’s Tools for Instructional Design
A Note From Shawntay - if you’ve been following my blog you already know I love connecting with aspiring instructional designers and sharing tools for instructional design. In my last guest blogger series, I highlighted career changers. These highly motivated professionals successfully transitioned from teaching to instructional design. In...Read More...
My Accelerator Journey: Becoming an Instructional Designer with Teresa
A Note From Shawntay - if you’ve been following my blog you already know I love connecting with people interested in becoming an instructional designer. In my last guest blogger series, I highlighted career changers. These highly motivated professionals successfully transitioned from teaching to instructional design. In their posts,...Read More...
Accelerator Journeys: Becoming an Instructional Designer with Shawnice
A Note From Shawntay - if you’ve been following my blog you already know I love connecting with people who are interested in becoming an instructional designer. In my last guest blogger series, I highlighted career changers. These highly motivated professionals successfully transitioned from teaching to instructional design. In...Read More...
My Accelerator Journey: Learning About Instructional Design With Laurie
A Note From Shawntay - if you’ve been following my blog you already know I love connecting with people who are learning about instructional design. In my last guest blogger series, I highlighted career changers. These highly motivated professionals successfully transitioned from teaching to instructional design. In their posts,...Read More...
IDC’s Easy Guide to Making Instructional Videos
In my last post, I shared eight reasons why we love the advantages of video learning here at the Instructional Design Company. So, as promised, this week, I’m giving you my ultimate guide to making instructional videos without breaking a sweat! If you didn’t get a chance to read...Read More...
8 Undeniable Reasons I Prefer Video Learning
Updated July 2021. Previously posted September 2019. Video-based learning is a huge trend in instructional design right now, and it’s here to stay! For good reason, video-based learning is widely accepted as an effective method of instruction. A learner is likely to remember a whopping 95% of what they...Read More...
All About The LMS: What Is An LMS And What Should I Know About Them?
Whether you’re searching job posts or just reading articles to learn more about instructional design, you’ve definitely seen the acronym LMS. So, what is an LMS and why should you be familiar with them? I’ve got an amazing breakdown for the newbie instructional designer! What is an LMS and...Read More...
6 Steps To Become A Freelance Instructional Designer
Have you been considering taking a leap of faith to become a freelance instructional designer? If you’re just beginning your instructional design journey, freelance instructional design could be a good fit for you. Breaking away from a set routine can be daunting. But there are some attractive benefits when...Read More...
How to Create an Instructional Design Portfolio That Actually Gets You A Job
It’s a tight market for job hunters right now. To secure your instructional design dream job, you're going to need a powerful tool kit, and that includes a great instructional design portfolio on top of: A well-crafted resume Personalized cover letter Social media presence Stellar references If your resume still...Read More...
The Testimonials are In:
Working with Shanwtay and Katie at the Instructional Design Company was a dream come true. Their creativity, expertise, and professionalism throughout the entire process was beyond top notch. I engaged them to help turn my first book into a training course, and I could not be happier with how the final product turned out. If you have an instructional design project and you’re considering which company to work with, you can stop your search and thank me later. They are truly the best in the business.
I joined the Instructional Design & Tech Accelerator Certificate Program because I struggled to find jobs in instructional design beyond the development phase. I’ve done a couple of training programs with lots of random projects, but I was overwhelmed, not connecting the dots, and not good at structuring my writing to hit learning objectives. I was looking for motivation and direction at beginning a better Instructional Designer.
After taking the Instructional Design & Tech Certificate program and joining my fantastic team for support, I found the structure and approach to be what I need to take my next steps, evening improving my skills in the development stage.
Teacher, Future Instructional Designer
I love how this course let’s you work at your own pace. I got great tips and learned many things. The ongoing support for multiple people and groups is what I love the best. You are never alone in this process. I have been able to adjust my resume and began creating a portfolio of work I’ve completed to add when applying for jobs. I use many of the PowerPoint skills in my lessons and trainings. I would highly recommend this for anyone wanting to become an instructional designer.
Teacher, Future Instructional Designer
I have searched for the last few years to find some suitable career change where I wouldn’t have to earn another degree and where I could use the talents and skills I already have as a teacher. When I came across the Instructional Design Accelerator course, I loved the fact that Shawntay was a former teacher and could relate to a teacher’s need to transition from the classroom. This was what sold the course for me. Her experiences are invaluable especially when translating teacher duties to instructional designer duties. I would (and have) recommended this program to other teachers I know who are looking to transition out of the classroom. I do appreciate ALL of her feedback on my projects!
L&D Project Manager
The Instructional Design & Tech Accelerator certificate program is one of the most comprehensive ID programs out there for beginners. If you’re looking to grow your schools in ID and development then I highly recommend this program. Not only will this program give you an overview of theory, but you will receive a thorough walkthrough of how to apply what you have learned. Although I had already secured a position in Learning & Development when I bought this course, it helped me to move up into a new position as a Learning & Development Project Manager!
Future Instructional Designer
If you have any interest in ID, sign up for this program NOW! Shawntay and her team are top notch! The course content exceeded my expectations in a big way and the encouragement and support continues to be so valuable. You will not feel alone going through this course, you will learn so much, you’ll have many cheerleaders, and you will have fun!
Future Instructional Designer
I am really enjoying this program! It’s prerfect for someone who is thinking about a career shift to Instructional Design and does not have a lot of experience. This is my first real introduction to Instructional Design and it’s been the perfect beginner course to help me get my feet wet. The modules are broken down well and it’s great to go at your own pace and at your own time. The modules themselves are very comprehensive and you learn a lot from all of them. I really like how each one build upon each other and you’re working towards the bigger project of designing your first training course from scratch. I’m learning so much from going through this course! I was provided great feedback from Katie and Shawntay through the process via Trello Boards, comments on the Google documents, and Facebook group. This course has been well worth the time and effort and I appreciate the fact that I will always have the resources available to me after I complete the training (just in case I’m not quite ready to transition yet).
Future Instructional Designer
I can’t say enough great things about the Instructional Design & Tech Accelerator Certificate Program! The length of the program is perfect; it doesn’t feel rushed and there’s just the right amount of structure to give you the accountability you need. There are so many opportunities to get live answers to any questions you have related to the course content or anything ID-related! This program gave me the support and structure I needed to both feel affirmed in the relevant skills I already had coming in and to fill in the gaps I had as a career-changer going into ID. Shawntay, Katie, and all the coaches are super helpful and supportive. I now feel confident that I have the tools and access to resources I need to apply for ID jobs without wondering if there’s something I’m “missing” in the preparation process. I’d highly recommend this program to anyone wanting to transition into ID or who just wants to brush up on their skills in the field.
Krista Johnson Awomoyi
Freelance Instructional Designer
I’d highly recommend the Instructional Design & Tech Accelerator Certificate Program. I’m blown away by how much I learned in just 12 weeks. I had ID experience prior to taking this course and was just looking to get a better understanding of applying adult learning principles. This course well exceeded my expectations! Not only did I gain a clear understanding of adult learning principles, I was also able to apply those principles by creating assets for your portfolio using PowerPoint, Adobe Premiere Pro and Storyline. The hands on support that we received was top notch.
This program is one of the most robust yet fulfilling L&D programs I’ve seen. I learned so much about the industry and about the limitlessness of my own capabilities. I am so appreciative of Shawntay and all of the trainers who took part in the program. They went above and beyond with not only guiding, but communicating live and working one on one or in small groups. If you are on the fence, I say take the leap and you will not regret it! There’s so much to learn, not only from the trainers, but also the learners in your group. Everyone comes in with their own skills and can be additional support and guidance for you. Thank you for creating this program!
Instructional Designer Training Facilitator
Shawntay is an amazing individual. She is very knowledgeable in all aspects of ID and eLearning. She is also very compassionate and loves to help and see everyone around her grow and prosper. Shawntay has been a great mentor to me and she has helped me mature as an instructional designer and eLearning developer. She has provided me with opportunities when others have overlooked me. I am very grateful to have met and built a lifelong relationship with Shawntay.
I recently got hired into my first instructional design / training position and Shawntay was one of the first people to congratulate me!
Freelance Instructional Designer
My teacher-to-instructional-designer journey began two years ago when I left my teaching comfort zone and started my first freelance ID job. Now, I’m stepping out of the classroom and taking my freelance work full-time, so I’m thrilled to be joining the Tech Accelerator program. Adding technologies like Articulate 360 and Adobe Premiere Pro to my qualifications will help me take my courses to the next level and attract more clients!
Teacher Transitioning into Instructional Design
I am genuinely grateful for this course. I wanted a real-world perspective and feel like I got it. I’m teaching now, but nearing retirement age but can see myself working as an instructional designer well into my retirement years. My other goal is to take as many courses in statistics as possible in hopes of bringing some mathematical precision to the ROI question. Like you say, getting accurate metrics to measure ROI can be a challenge, but I intend to work on that part. That’s unimportant right now, what is important is the fact that I feel like this course was well worth every penny I spent and I would to it again in a heartbeat. I have too much going on right now, but as soon as I get some time freed up I intend to take your course in project management.
Turns Your Written Thoughts Into a Masterpiece!
Shawntay Skjoldager can turn your written thoughts into a masterpiece. She is great to work with and the most organized person I know!
President and CEO, The Creative Entreprenuer
Shawntay has been incredible!
Shawntay has been incredible and her team is responsive and effective in translating my training programs into professional presentations. Don’t hesitate to contact her for your project.
Beth B. De Lima, MBA, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP
President and Principal of HRM Consulting, Inc.
IDC is My Secret Weapon to Soar Above My Competition!
The IDC team has been my secret and special weapon of success. They have delivered above and beyond with every single project out in front of them. They have met and beat timelines. They have been Uber responsive every step of the way. I keep them on speed dial and have and continue to recommend them to friends and clients. If you are in need of instructional design and plenty more, this is THE ALL-STAR team that will more than deliver and help make you and your project soar above the competition.
LT. COL. Jason O. Harris
U.S. Air Force Officer, Special Operations Pilot, U.S.A.F. Academy Instructor, Motivational Speaker
A Tremendous Asset to the Project Team!
Working with Shawntay and the Instructional Design Company has allowed our university to meet the growing demands of our programs. Shawntay’s expertise allowed for the course development to be completed on time and met all of the university requirements. Shawntay’s project management skills were phenomenal and allowed my team to work on other areas while she completed this project for us. Her work is of high quality and her professionalism and willingness to help made her a tremendous asset to the project team.
Academic Quality Assurance Specialist, Abilene Christian University
Creative & Highly Talented!
Shawntay is a creative and highly talented instructional designer. She brought a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and leadership that enabled her to own the design and creation of a full scale facilitator curriculum and train-the-trainer program. It was a pleasure to partner with Shawntay, her project management and communication skills ensured the project was on time and on budget.
Breaks Down Mammoth Projects
“Shawntay is quick study and carefully synthesizes information for presentations that are clear, concise and captivating. Her personality draws the audience in and her content mastery is excellent. A team player and organizer, Shawntay has the ability to break down mammoth projects, keep everybody on time and on task.”
Author, Speaker, Strengths Coach
“I have had many opportunities to work with Shawntay—mainly in the support of implementing new eLearning initiatives. I have been very impressed by her ability to quickly learn how to use rapid eLearning development tools and effectively use them to create multiple courses within a short timeframe. Shawntay’s enthusiastic nature, attention to detail, and dedication to her work make her a pleasure to work with and a great asset to both Texas A&M University-Commerce and the broader training community within the Texas A&M University System.”
Director of Learning Strategy, Caveo Learning
Top Notch Professional
Working with Shawntay has been an immense pleasure. She is atop notch professional who brings enthusiasm and extensiveexpertise to professional curriculum development and execution. Her knowledge of tried and true techniques to maximize the effectiveness of presentations is invaluable.
Nancy Drapeau, PRC
Vice President of Research, CEIR - Center for Exhibition Industry Research
Fortunate to Find Shawntay!
“I was fortunate to find Shawntay when our organization was looking to expand and update our educational offerings. Shawntay proved herself to be an educational and personal development expert who immediately made an impact with our clients throughout Europe. Everyone who came into contact with Shawntay was immediately impressed by her level of expertise and willingness to share her knowledge with those around her. I would not hesitate to recommend Shawntay to anyone looking for an education subject matter expert.”
Director of Qualifications and NSD Services, Mary Kay Inc.
Short Turn Around. On Time. Under Budget!
“We hired Shawntay to develop a training facilitator’s guide and PowerPoint slide deck for an operations manual heavy with technical content. The project was made more challenging by a very short turn around, 5 business days, and the fact that the operations manual wasn’t complete and was being updated simultaneously with the facilitator’s guide and slide deck. Despite these challenges, Shawntay delivered as promised. On time and under budget.”
Dave Beeman, CPP
Vice President, Andy Frain Services
Need an Expert Who Consistently Delivers?
“Working with Shawntay you will immediately notice her professional presence and poise, but over time her tenacious pursuit of excellence and her skills in instructional development and adult learning will really impress you. I worked with her at Mary Kay, and was able to experience firsthand her great rapport with regional partners in Europe, understanding their unique sales force training needs. In addition, Shawntay consistently exhibited grace under pressure, made executive decisions to move business forward. If you are looking for an expert who consistently delivers and goes the extra mile to get things done, contact Shawntay!”
Marketing Director, Academic Partnerships
Quality Products & Solutions!
“I had had the pleasure of knowing and working with Shawntay on more than a few occasions. I found her to be a very good business partner and very committed to delivering a quality product or solution in a timely manner. I have always had a positive experience in partnering with Shawntay and would recommend that you consider leveraging her talent.”
Judy Owen, CPC
Transformational Leadership Coach
“Invest in yourself and take your skills to the next NEXT level!”
Get yourself signed up for Shawntay Skjoldager’s Instructional Design & Tech Accelerator Certificate Program today and be on your way to success! Within the first week of taking her course, you will experience growth! Be sure to plug into her Facebook Q&A sessions for personalized help, too. This is THE course to take if you are new to instructional design or have landed on the training team and need help getting started.
Managing Partner, PHiG
“Her enthusiasm for adult learning is contagious!”
Shawntay has exceptional knowledge and experience with all aspects of creating and implementing effective, performance based training for adults. She is exceptional at needs analysis – identifying target audiences and collaborating with business owners to keep training focused on business needs. And she is great to work with – always providing great support to get projects done on-time and on-target. She is always on the look-out for new and more effective ways to engage learners. Her enthusiasm for adult learning is contagious!
eLearning Developer/Instructional Designer, Vivos Therapeutics
I have known and worked with Shawntay as a education program director and use the expertise of ShawntayMichelle for the development of my presentations. The service has always been “spot on” with professionalism, care and attention. Shawntay’s recommendations to my ideas make me look good to my clients.
Al Lomas CMP, CEM, CMM, CFE
Owner, Certified Consulting Services
“Shawntay Skjoldager reached in and made my training life so much easier!”
I am new to the training design and development world and I was SO excited to get in there, but I really lacked the real-world knowledge that would set me apart from my peers. And, then Shawntay Skjoldager walked into my life with an outstretched hand and a seemingly endless list of ways to knock every training out of the park. From the Training Analysis Form to the Tay Tay tips, this course made my life so much easier and even ironed out the review process that I had been struggling with for months.
Take time to invest in your own learning and make sure to put Shawntay Michelle at the top of your personal development list!
Training Specialist, LegalShield