Back to Basics: Working Backwards From Business Needs

September 23, 2020
5 Minutes
This week we talked with Myra Roldan about a practical "Back to Basics" approach to Learning & Development.

Everyone now and then, no matter how experienced you are at your craft, you should take some time to reflect on the basics.

Myra Roldan joined us on IDIODC to talk about a practical "Back to Basics" approach to Learning & Development.

It might sound like an easy thing to do, but sometimes getting back to basics is harder than it sounds.

This episode flexed our instructional design muscles while Myra helped us work backwards with the end in mind. She helped us all see that we should focus on what the business needs, FIRST.

And then work back towards an appropriate learning intervention.

We also discussed the basics of business acumen for new instructional designers and those wanting to start a career in ID.  We’re all seeing a rise in the number of practitioners making the transition from education, or as trainers want to learn more about instructional design.  

If you want to help the next generation of IDs or you are part of that growing population of job-shifters, then this episode is for you. Check it out.

You can view the full archive recording which includes the chat comments here.  

About Myra Roldan

Myra Roldan is a TEDx speaker, author, Award-winning Instructional Designer. Myra has an MBA, MSEd and a Bachelors of Information Technology/Computer Science.

Myra's passion is empowering people to explore and develop themselves holistically. She strives to evoke transformation in people by creating programs to enable them to become curious learners who develop the tech skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Her friends, students, and colleagues believe that her superpower is the ability to make complex technology accessible by making it easy for someone with little to no technology know-how to understand and get excited about the tech.

You can connect with Myra on Twitter, @MyraMade.


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden guide us through an upbeat and candid conversation with their guests from the elearning and training world. The live cast session encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! After airing live, you can catch the learning podcast on all major streams such as Spotify, Apple and Google Play podcasts, as well as on YouTube.