The Instructional Design & Tech Accelerator program is one of the most comprehensive systems available to help you quickly transition into a career in instructional design & eLearning.

The Instructional Design & Tech Accelerator is a unique program that teaches you how to develop your instructional design, eLearning, video editing, and project management skills while helping you build your portfolio of assets that you will need to land interviews that will ultimately result in your new job... i.e. make the transition into instructional design and eLearning.

Before I Tell You All About This Life-Changing Program, Let's Talk About Who This Is Really For...

The ACCELERATOR program is for dreamers with no shortage of ambition who are tired of burnout, working in jobs without appreciation, trading dollars for hours, and ready to make a transformational change into a meaningful career that values and appreciates their contribution.

This program may be for you if you are a....

Teacher or a Professor?

Are you a teacher or a professor who is ready to leave the classroom for a career that has better pay and more advancement opportunities? Are you tired of grading papers or being overworked and underpaid? Do you want to transfer your existing skills to a new career in instructional design?

New Grad or New Hire?

Are you a new grad or did you just get hired in your first instructional design job? Not sure you are prepared to excel in instructional design? Are you looking for real-world, hands-on practice because you don't feel confident in your skills or abilities? Do you want to eliminate imposter syndrome and boost your confidence>

Want More Career Options?

Are you interested in pursuing a career that gives you more options? Wouldn't it be great if you could work as a corporate instructional designer and earn higher wages or work as a HigherEd ID and take advantage of academic benefits or work as a freelancer to earn extra income?


  1. You will have a PORTFOLIO with up to 10 assets you have created to WOW employers.
  2. You will have mastered how to PROJECT MANAGE L&D projects and use project management tools.
  3. You will be able to DEFINE LEARNER PERSONAS and needs and create an instructional approach that meets those needs.
  5. You will have PROVEN ABILITY to design and develop training courses for INSTRUCTOR-LED, eLEARNING, and VIDEO based learning experiences using a variety of development/authoring tools such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Articulate Storyline 360.
  6. You will be able to DEVELOP CONTENT and design lessons in alignment with learning objectives, outcomes, and KPIs.
  7. You will be able to CONVERT INSTRUCTOR-LED training to eLEARNING quickly.
  8. You will be able to design LEARNING EXPERIENCES that respect the DIVERSITY of learners.
  9. You will be able to EVALUATE, MEASURE, & REPORT on the performance of learners and programs.
  10. You will be able to apply the instructional systems design model ADDIE to your build process.
  11. You will be able to get PEER & SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT FEEDBACK to ensure the learning experience is effective and correct.
  12. You will be able to BUILD FACILITATOR GUIDES & PARTICIPANT WORKBOOKS to enhance instructor delivery and the participant's learning experience!
  13. You will have a PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER RESUME to share with prospective employers!

*Not sure these are the right skills? Go to LinkedIn jobs and search for an "instructional designer" job. Then, compare this list again the required skills. I think you will find these skills align with MOST instructional designer roles.

Lee R

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. “

Sarah Smith

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! 

Brian Hightower

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!

What's Inside The Instructional Design & Tech Accelerator Program?

Here's why it pays to learn from someone who's gone before you -- I know exactly where most students get stuck in their development process and what you need to know to transition into a career in instructional design and/or eLearning.

Throughout your learning journey as an ACCELERATOR in the Instructional Design & Tech Accelerator Certificate Program, you will learn, apply what you learn through practice, get peer feedback, and get feedback from Shawntay, her experienced team, and the ACCELERATOR Coaches.

MODULE 01: Instructional Design Foundations

By the time you're done with this first module, you'll have locked down your first course topic. In this program, you will build many portfolio assets to fill up and your portfolio to market yourself as an instructional designer and eLearning developer. You will also learn about some of the more popular instructional design models and learning theories, too. Understanding the different theories and models will help you design an engaging, impactful curriculum that engages adult learners.

MODULE 02: Project Managing L&D Projects

In module 2, we are going to set you up for success by introducing you to the project management skills learning and development professionals need to manage small and large projects. You will actually project manage your work in this program by implementing the strategies and tools provided to manage your portfolio asset builds throughout the 12-week program.

MODULE 03: Analyze Project & Audience Needs

In module 3, I am going to show you how to define the needs of a project and your target audience so that you can build learning solutions that target specific business needs and tailor your content design to address the needs of specific audiences. You will learn how to complete a Training Needs Analysis, build a Learner Persona, and more!

MODULE 04: Design Your Learning Solution

In module 4, you will learn the difference between Nice to Know and Need to Know content. You will earn how to outline, storyboard, chunk, and structure content to maximize learning and learner engagement. You will learn how to write the shitty first draft of your script.

MODULE 05: Develop, Implement & Evaluate Learning

In module 5, we are going to take a dive into the development overview process, explore MVPs and implementation strategies, define what to measure, how to build feedback surveys, learn how to read the data and how to write reports as well as how we use all of this information to improve courses and learner experiences.

MODULE 06: Build Synchronous F2F & Webinar Courses & Convert to Asynchronous

After you have your course outlined/storyboarded and scripted, it is time to start building your learning solution. This is where the fun begins. In module 6, I will teach you how to build courses for live face-to-face learning experiences as well as live online webinar formats using custom, professionally designed plug & play templates.

MODULE 07: Create & Edit Instructional Videos

In module 7, you will learn how to create and edit beautiful, engaging instructional videos to enhance the learner experience in any learning solution. Plus, I will provide you with a video library of just in time videos that show you how to work in Adobe Premiere to create, edit, and publish videos.

MODULE 08: Build LMS Courses Using Articulate Storyline 360

And then, in module 8, you will dive into developing eLearning solutions for Learning Management Systems using Articulate’s Storyline 360. You will learn how to import PowerPoint into Articulate to rapidly build eLearning courses. You will learn how to build courses in Articulate from scratch as well as how to build courses using a pre-made eLearning template. You will learn how to add closed captioning, build quizzes, and so much more!

MODULE 09: Create Facilitator Guides & Participant Workbooks

In module 9, you will learn how to create custom facilitator guides and participant workbooks to support live and online learning formats using the professionally tailored templates provided to ACCELERATORS enrolled in this program.

MODULE 10: Get Hired & Celebrate

And, finally, in module 10, I will give you all the tips, tools, and strategies you need to position yourself as a professional instructional designer and eLearning developer to get hired. After this module, you'll have a professional resume, cover letter, updated LinkedIn profile and a beautiful new digital portfolio loaded with assets that YOU created. You'll be ready to impress prospective employers and make that career change you have been dreaming of!

Earn Up to 36 Hours of ATD Education Credit

The Instructional Design & Tech Accelerator Certificate Program has been pre-approved by the ATD Certification Institute for the Continuing education credits towards professional development hours for initial eligibility and recertification of the Certified Professional in Talent and Development (CPTD) and Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) Credentials. This program is approved for a maximum of 36 hours.

In our ACCELERATOR community, you will network with other driven and dedicated ACCELERATORS who are on their instructional design and eLearning development journey.

in our community, you will find support, inspiration, motivation, and new friends!

Many ACCELERATORs build lasting friendships through their journey and experiences together in our program. These friendships help keep you going when things get challenging and can help you elevate your career by creating a network of colleagues in the L&D space.

You can connect with the members of the group daily in our Facebook Group, Office Hours, weekly via FB Lives, through our Learning Jams with Guest Trainers, and through your accountability groups.

Hear from a few of our ACCELERATOR about their experience...👇

Darlene Dalgleish 

Freelance Instructional Designer

“I'd highly recommend the 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.”

Shawnice Edge M.Ed Instructional Designer

“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!”


What's included in the ID & Tech Accelerator Certificate Program?

ACCELERATOR Certificate of Completion - Limited Program Size - Peer Feedback - Expert Feedback - 80+ video lessons ~300 pages of templates, guides, checklists, content - Private Members only Facebook Community - Weekly FB Live Training / Q&A Sessions & Coaching all 12 Weeks of the Program - Office Hours for Support - Support from ACCELERATOR Coaches - Real-world instructional design strategies and applications - Ready-made templates to build eLearning and live courses - Ready-made templates to build Facilitator Guides & Participant Workbooks - Live Learning Jam / Training Sessions by Guest L&D Professionals - Articulate Storyline 360 step-by-step lessons and course companion for eLearning development - Adobe Premiere Pro step-by-step lessons and course companion for video development and editing - Resume & Portfolio templates and How-To guides - Access to the ACCELERATOR Summit - Lifetime Access

How long do I have access to the ACCELERATOR program?

You get lifetime access to the 80+ instructional videos and ~300 templates, handouts, checklists, and guides! Even better is that you will have access to the content updates as they are uploaded into the system!

I don't live in the United States. Should I enroll in the program?

If you want to transition into instructional design and eLearning, yes, this program is for you and you should enroll! We will record the live sessions and share them in the private FB community for any time viewing AND we will stagger the live sessions for those living in other time zones.

I'm interested but can't afford it...what should I do?

Financial investments in our own development can be tough when money is tight. Because of that, I offer a payment plan to help spread out the cost of the program. A small investment now can lead to a better opportunity in the near future. I don't encourage anyone to do anything that will be financially harmful or cause too much of a burden on life. If you can make the three payment plan work, I encourage you to do that. If it doesn't work for you right now, there will be other opportunities. Prices may increase.

I work full-time and have limited time...can I do this program?

Absolutely. I will move through the curriculum on a weekly basis but you should work through the curriculum at your pace. If I am on week 3 and you are on week 1, it's not important. What is important is that you continue moving forward and keep working towards the completion of the course. You have lifetime access so you can follow the course plan or make your own plan.

Do you offer a guarantee?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase and you have done the work, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund. See My Guarantee below.

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the things I am going to learn. Can I really do this?

Yes, you can. And, I am going to be there every step of the way. Plus, you have lifetime access to the curriculum so you can go back and revisit any topics you are feeling uncertain about.

I'm not a Facebook User, how will access the recordings and live sessions?

If you are not a Facebook user, email us and let us know so that we can explore other ways of sharing the FB Lives and Learning JAMs with you. Office Hours and the ACCELERATOR Summit utilize tools outside of Facebook.