Modern Project-Based Learning for Instructional Designers

November 30, 2022
3 minutes
Brent Newhall joined #IDIODC.

Most skills will never be learned without actually DOING the skill. Duh. It's basic training 101 that if it's too expensive or too dangerous to simply practice a skill many, many, times, then you the designer should include a simulated version of the skill. And all knowledge can only be valuable to a business if it is applied to the work being done. Well, coding skills and knowledge are neither dangerous nor expensive for learners to practice. And because of that fact, proving proficiency in coding skills should be easy to do. Or is it?

Brent Newhall joins us to talk about how the value of implementing a project-based assessment strategy will improve your training outcomes. After all, if they can't do the work by performing on a fake project, how are they going to handle the real projects? Brent will share his case study implementing a project-based assessment program for the Capital One Developer Academy's coding bootcamp.

This is another special episode of IDIODC where we get the chance to introduce you, the IDIODC community, to one of your peers who is out in the wild, doing the work.

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About Brent Newhall

Brent spent 20 years in software development at organizations ranging from startups to Amazon and NASA. In the mid-2010s he pivoted to roles in professional education, and he is now a site lead for the Capital One Developer Academy, where he teaches software development to recent college graduates.


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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