Accelerate the Development of Your Instructional Design Skills and Build the Confidence You Need to Go After Your First Instructional Design Job!

Welcome to this starter course introducing you to more than just the basics of instructional design! During my nearly 20 years as an educator and leader of Training & Development teams, I found that MOST of the instructional designers on my team were people who had TRANSITIONED from another career to instructional design with ZERO background in Instructional Design.

Some were teachers who transitioned to instructional design. Some were subject matter experts who became instructional designers. Some were fresh out of college and had an academic background, but no real-world experience. Can you relate?


Which best describes you?

  • Are you a career changer?
  • Are you a teacher interested in transitioning to instructional design?
  • Are you a subject matter expert turned instructional designer?
  • Are you a college grad who needs some practical hands-on experience?

Here’s Some Good News…

I personally transitioned from burned out and broke teacher to instructional designer WITHOUT a related degree. I have paved the way to instructional designer for myself and others. I facilitate workshops for teams of instructional designers helping them develop their skills.

I can help you accelerate your development too!


To help my team of instructional designers quickly get up to speed and develop their skills, I created step-by-step guides and processes to break down the work into simple and repeatable steps to guide them and help them achieve success.

The results were AMAZING! They became great instructional designers and training developers just as I suspected they would.

I have used these same processes, guides, and templates to train teams of instructional designers ranging from fortune 500 companies to small independently owned companies.

In my step-by-step program, you will learn the instructional design lingo, the foundations of instructional design, practical application of instructional design, how to lead a project, and how to manage your project.

My program will take you beyond theory to explore real-world application of the principles of instructional design and adult learning theory.

If I could take my 20 years of education and training and development experience and package it up into a practical, accelerated introduction to instructional design and make it available to you, would you be interested?

What if I could provide you will the tools to get you started?

What if you could learn from someone who has already achieved what you are trying to achieve?


The Instructional Design Lab for Beginners is ideal for those who are just starting their journey in instructional design. In my course for new and aspiring instructional designers, I have added all the essential tools, knowledge, skills, and practical application that you need to get started in instructional design.

What You’ll Get In The Instructional Design Lab
  • My secrets, tactics, strategies, tools are all included
  • A customized deep dive into the nuts and bolts of instructional design
  • My simple, but effective approach to understanding stakeholder course requirements, objectives, and desired results
  • Best practices in creating engaging, learner-focused courses
  • How to excite participants about learning and your boss with results that matter
  • My top three BIG strategies for writing killer course content
  • An outlined, step-by-step process that you can take and apply immediately to your course development
  • ~ 20 videos that can be watched over and over when you need a refresher
  • Tips on how to create video courses with little to no investment
  • Tay Tay tips based on real-world experiences
  • The 5 training metrics to capture and measure
  • How to create interest in a course before it launches or participants show up
  • How to maximize learner retention with specific strategies and techniques
  • Validation that you are an expert in your field
  • Certificate of Completion
  • BONUS! Course Starter Template!
  • BONUS! The 50+ Page Ultimate Course Development Guide includes cheat sheets, templates, and checklists that can be used for both small and large scale course development

After Completing This Accelerated Skill Development Course, You Will Be Equipped With Knowledge And Skills In The Following Areas And More!

What Do Others Say About The Instructional Design Lab?

"I am so glad that I found Shawntay and the Instructional Design Lab along my instructional design journey! The way that everything is laid out step-by-step in the context of communicating with other people throughout the process creates an enjoyable learning experience. The focus on communication is why I would recommend this course to instructional designers of all experience levels, but especially newbies, recent graduates, and accidental IDs. I refer back to the modules in the course from time to time and always find new or updated materials. I appreciate how she models the instructional design process with the visuals and delivery of the course. Beautiful aesthetics, wonderful format, great delivery!"

Ashanti H, Instructional Designer

Mrs. Shawntay is an amazing individual. She is very knowledgeable on all aspects of ID and E-learning. She is very compassionate and also loves to help see everyone around her grow and prosper. Mrs. Shawntay has been a great mentor to me, she has helped me mature as an ID/eLearning developer, and has provided me with opportunities when others overlooked me. I am very grateful to have met and built a lifelong relationship with her. 

Brian Hightower, Trainer

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.

Lee Reed, Teacher

I took both courses, The Instructional Design Lab - for Beginners and Everyone is a Project Manager when I was deciding if this was the path for me.  I'm glad that I did because both courses helped me to fully understand the instructional design as well as the project management side that goes into working in the field.  A lot of experts in the field only discuss parts of the instructional design process but the Instructional Design Lab goes into enough detail to help you understand and move forward but to not feel so completely overwhelmed.  I would highly recommend taking these courses with Instructional Design Lab.

Laura, Instructional Designer and eLearning Developer

Oh, one more thing...

You can learn on the go with the Teachable mobile app. Simply download the app after enrolling in the course, and you will be able to make the most of your morning commute and work breaks!

If you're ready to take control of your future and begin your transition to your new career as an instructional designer, now is the time and this is the course to get started!