Performance - Targeted, User - Centered Training
& Learning Design
Have you ever sat through a lesson taught by someone who was clearly brilliant, but had no idea how to make the information learnable?
Have you ever worked for a company that had no process for getting you acquainted on day one?
Have you ever sat through a tedious elearning module that could have been an email?
If so, then we're happy to tell you that we're here to help turn just about any subject matter into engaging content and develop strategic systems for improving employee performance.
We believe that learning is more than just presentations and courses, and we aim to create meaningful experiences that help people succeed-- at work and beyond.
I'm Nicole Papaioannou Lugara, founder of Your Instructional Designer-- a learning strategist, instructional designer, and former college writing instructor. My whole professional career has been focused on empowering others to achieve their personal and professional goals through learning- whether that's professional development, hands-on training, coursework, community-building, or one-on-one mentoring. There are over 500,000 users currently taking courses that I have designed or were designed under my leadership. My work has been recognized by Brandon Hall, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, and the New York State Assembly in partnership with Philo4Thought.
I have a Ph.D. in English from St. John's University (Queens, NY). My academic research focuses on student engagement, transfer of learning, and writing across the curriculum.
I chose to start Your Instructional Designer because I wanted to build a learning and people development agency that was truly committed to not only building meaningful learning products-- ones that create positive business impact-- but also to providing an exceptional customer experience for those who work with us.
I love what I do, and I would love to help you.
Let us help you.
We're a learning and people development agency that specializes in workplace learning for startups and mid-sized businesses.
If you're thinking about working with Your Instructional Designer, it's probably for one of these two reasons...
We need an expert.
Let us guide you to better outcomes.
We partner with our clients to provide strategic guidance that helps them meet organizational goals while serving actual users. Whether you need to implement an entirely new L&D structure, come up with an engaging way to get people up to speed, or want to improve your L&D department's quality of work, we're here to get you to the next level.
We need more people.
Let us move you forward faster.
Consider us an extension of your team. When you need a spare set of hands, we're there to support you. We pool our expertise in learning and development to help you reach your goals more effectively and efficiently. No need to wrestle with which L&D initiatives to prioritize anymore. Do it all. We'll take care of the heavy lifting while you reap the rewards.
LEARNING DESIGN &
Onboarding | Change Management | Compliance
Standard Operating Procedures | Performance Improvement
Skills Training | Leadership Development | Soft Skills Training
Customer Education | Online Courses & Workshops
Your Instructional Designer offers a variety of consulting and learning design services for clients who want to improve performance, increase engagement, and meet organizational goals. Our current and past clients include Netflix, Allegiant Travel Company, Audiology Plus, Amplified Life Network, Pankow Builders, New Road Media, and more.
Contact us if you want to determine the right training solution for your organization's needs, translate face-to-face learning into online or blended learning, implement a new learning program, evaluate existing training, or get support for L&D overflow.
We can perform strategic needs analysis, map solutions, design learning experiences or curriculum, write content, storyboard for instructional/interactive video, develop eLearning, craft assessments, provide evaluation criteria, and manage your project.
WHAT CLIENTS SAY
Nicole has worked on software training videos for me at Netflix, and I couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend her as a instructional design and curriculum consultant.
MANAGER, GAMING LAUNCH OPERATIONS, NETFLIX
Nicole 'hears' what I am saying (which sometimes is confusing even to me) and then makes it so. Nicole is a strategic thinker and executes flawlessly. And topping it off- is a pleasure to work with.
OWNER, NEW ROAD MEDIA
When I look for a designer I look for someone who listens, someone who collaborates, someone who is knowledgeable, someone who is creative and someone who understands my customer. All of that plus a friendly demeanor is what I got with Nicole.
OWNER, MK LARSEN CONSULTING
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We offer a range of professional development experiences for those looking to upgrade their careers in the instructional design field. Whether you're experienced, novice, or transitioning, there is something for everyone.
Better learning for better learning professionals.
The Upskill Experience is Your Instructional Designer's professional development platform. We offer self-paced courses and group coaching on topics in instructional design and learning strategy.
Check out our most popular program, From Data to Design, to improve needs analysis and consulting skills.