Becoming an Accidental Instructional Designer

June 14, 2023
4 minutes
Cammy Bean joins #IDIODC.

Oops! I tripped on a Lego, and got back up as an accidental instructional designer.  

HA! Okay, maybe not that type of accident. But there aren't that many of us that grew up always wanting to be an ID. The reality of our workforce is that we're the island of misfit corporate professionals, and former schoolteachers.  

This is also the story of today's guest. And she also wrote the book on becoming an Accidental Instructional Designer. Cammy Bean joined us to talk about her journey as she launches the second edition of her book. We also talked about the many hats of instructional design and the growing ecosystem of technology that has expanded the number hats needing to be worn.  

If you're an organizational leader wanting to expand your training department but don't know what skills you need on your team, we'll talk about that too. Cammy has had an amazing career working with many organizations giving her unique insights into training teams. She's seen firsthand what works, and what doesn't. Join us for an incredible conversation with Cammy Bean.

To see all the comments from the chat, check out the full session right here.  

And to ask more questions, or participate in extended conversations about this episode, please join us in the IDIODC LinkedIn Group.

About Cammy Bean

Cammy Bean started as a Junior Instructional Designer in 1996 and has since collaborated with hundreds of organizations to design and deliver training programs. She’s worked at small startups, mid-sized training companies, boutique e-learning shops, and as a freelance instructional designer. An English and German studies major in college, Cammy found an affinity for writing and making complex ideas and concepts clear to an audience.

In 2009, she helped start up US operations for Kineo, a global provider of learning solutions. Originally Kineo’s VP of learning design, Cammy is currently a senior solutions consultant. In this role she leads the North American sales team, supports clients through the initial discovery process, and manages Kineo’s portfolio of custom client accounts to help organizations meet their strategic business objectives through better learning solutions. She is the author of The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age – second edition (ATD Press, 2023).


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.

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