Quarterly Newsletter - December 2023

As you shut down your computer this week and head off into what is hopefully a relaxing time away from work, we want to share an inspiring story to lift your spirits. Read on to hear how Generation: You Employed used DesignPLUS to scale quality instructional design while balancing creativity and choice. Scroll to the bottom to see our holiday musical surprise.

New Resources

New Case Study:
Balancing Creativity and Consistency Across the Globe

Most organizations felt overwhelmed by the rapid changes in education sparked by the pandemic in 2020. Some organizations, however, found a way to use that extreme pressure to make diamonds and to continue to shine thereafter. Generation: You Employed, Inc., a global non-profit dedicated to driving economic mobility by preparing, placing, and supporting people into jobs that would otherwise be inaccessible, is a shining example of an organization that took a challenging situation and used it as an opportunity for positive transformation. Read the Case Study here.

NEW DesignPLUS Video!

The Style Editor helps you perform advanced editing of colors, borders, margins, etc. in your content AND you can build, save, and edit your own unique Quick Styles, for ease of use in the future. Check out this new tutorial that will help you make the most of this powerful feature in the new Sidebar!

Want more of these video tutorials? Take advantage of our growing collection, each focusing on a tool in the DesignPLUS Sidebar. Stay tuned as we continue to add to this video tutorial collection!

🤓 Research Data Spotlight: How Design Matters

“The study concludes that learners who spent more time interacting with course content achieve higher grades than those who spent less time with the content.”

DesignPLUS enables you to easily add elements like quick checks, accordions, tabs, popovers, and more to help learners stay focused and interact with the content without distraction. Check out the section above on tutorial videos to see how to add these to your courses!

Product Updates

December Product Releases

On December 7th, we released the largest update to the new DesignPLUS Sidebar since it became available in August. Read all about it in the Release Notes.

We also had minor releases for UDOIT and Cidiscape:

Cidiscape Release Notes

UDOIT Release Notes


Did you miss our webinar with OLC?

Access the recording of our presentation with the Online Learning Consortium: Designing an Exemplary Learning Experience

In this webinar, OLC’s Center for Professional Learning instructional designers shared how they are using DesignPLUS and UDOIT to enhance the exemplary courses they offer. You’ll learn more about OLC’s process for designing these exemplary online learning experiences and catch a glimpse of the course template they have designed to maximize engagement in their workshops.

Upcoming In-Person Events

Here are the events we’ll be participating at the start of the new year, we hope to see you there!

January 2024
FETC: 23-26 in Orlando, Florida

February 2024
TCEA: 3-7 in Austin, TX

March 2024
UCET: 19-20 in Salt Lake City, UT

TXDLA: 25-28 in Galveston, TX

Seasons Greetings from Cidi Labs

Our talented team has created some special holiday music just for you – enjoy!

(click the image below to watch the video)

You can also use this link to access the video.

Cidi Labs Holiday Sing Along- Cidi Labs Rock!