Still Curious S2E8 - Diego Boada
Diego Boada

For me, the pandemic really changed everything in my life. I always need to have a plan, a five to 10 year plan in my head. It's like, okay, I'm going to do this and then that, and then that, and then... I need to have a plan. When the pandemic happened. There was no plan. Everything was uncertain. I lost my job, how am I going to pay for rent and how am I going to eat? There were just too many changes, cultural changes, like everything happened at the same time. I had to really learn how to deal with uncertainty.

Danu Poyner

You're listening to the Still Curious Podcast with me, Danu Poyner. My guest today is Diego Boada who is an educator, researcher and instructional designer based in Bogota, Colombia. Diego started out as an English teacher and has over 15 years experience in K to 12 higher education and adult education.

He is a Fulbright scholar with a PhD in learning design and technology, has been an instructional designer at an online school for product managers, and is now an e-learning consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank.

In today's episode, we discuss Diego's trajectory through the many and varied parts of the education sector, and how the timing of his move back from the US to Colombia near the start of the pandemic forced his transition from the classroom to corporate environment.

Diego Boada

These are topics that you're not familiar. with You feel like, what am I doing here? how can I help? But then I understood a lot of people know the content, but not a lot of people know how to communicate that and how to design, meaningful learning experiences.

Danu Poyner

We talk about universal design, reverse culture shock, and how teaching English opens doors. And we end up reflecting a lot on the way teaching expertise is valued in traditional education versus instructional design and ed tech, and what that means for teachers' freedom and creativity.

Diego Boada

For me, everything goes. It's like, you're the doctor that you look at the problem and then you prescribe X or Y depending on the situation.

And they just can't do that but typically they don't have the ability or the freedom to do that because they're restricted because of the format of education.

Danu Poyner

We talk about how Diego is doing mentally and emotionally at this point in his career transition, as well as how he fills his cup and finds structure in uncertainty.

Diego Boada

I'm grateful to be here and to be alive. I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. I can do a thousand things in a day, but if I don't get to workout, I feel like I didn't do anything. And that day I don't feel as accomplished or productive. It just becomes part of your routine or a habit.

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