Becoming a Learning Experience Designer

July 1, 2020
4 minutes
Nyla Spooner joins us on IDIODC with show host Brent Schlenker while Chris Van Wingerden is away on his Canadian Stat holiday - Canada Day.

As our industry continues to change and adapt to new technologies and business needs, our job roles and titles also change.  

Creating engaging learning experiences using technology is an important part of our future as professionals.  It’s always been our responsibility to design and develop engaging learning experiences.  

However, the rapid growth of the Internet and other advanced technologies have given us more options to choose from. A great example is the growth of video-based eLearning as well as new tech like virtual reality and augmented reality. These technologies provide engaging experiences that designers and developers are taking advantage of today.

This week on Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (#IDIODC) we were joined by Nyla Spooner, also known as @NylaLXD. You may remember Nyla from our recent episode titled The Intersection of Racial Justice and L&D.

In this episode of #IDIODC Nyla spoke about her recent journey into the world of L&D and making the decision to transition into instructional design and learning experience design.  

We also talked about her podcast, her passion for mentoring other instructional designers, and the strategy behind the crafting of her personal brand. NylaLXD is her website, YouTube Channel, and social media presence. And her podcast is called "I'm New Here".  

Nyla shared some details about how she launched her podcast:

  • It cost her about $20 to get started
  • Once she got it up and running, she upgraded her audio quality by purchasing a Tonor microphone  
  • She publishes her podcast using  
  • She edits her audio files in the free version of DaVinci Resolve

Listen to the archived version of this conversation to get more details on how she uses these tools – I've added a link to it at the end of this post.

And with a driving passion for helping other people of color she also launched DesignxHumanity.  

The web site defines it this way:

“DESIGN x HUMANITY (design by humanity) is a collective pairing experienced creatives with fresh faces to collaborate on real-world projects advocating for equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.”

Her goal for the project is to mentor 100+ new designers of color within the next year. She has gathered support from industry experts and others who are working together to create projects that will be freely available to the public.  

It’s a really cool project, and if you’re interested in being part of the collective you can join on the website.

If you want to connect with Nyla, reach out to her on LinkedIn.

And you can check out the full episode including the always-helpful chat right here.


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.