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Instructional design

Why investment in Design is the only way to ‘Win’ in education

It used to be called educational technology or instructional design, but design for learning experiences might now be a better label.

“Design describes the quality of an experience as it relates to aesthetics, emotions, pleasure, usability, and cognition. We typically think of design as a forgivable attribute, and we overlook products or services that are hard to use, confusing, demanding, degrading, and downright ugly as long as that payoff is still delivered. The payoff of rapid air travel is so great that we’ll forgive uncomfortable (and potentially physically dangerous) seats, loud noise, an unpredictable cabin climate, long lines, poor service, and so-on. These are design attributes. We can design better experiential qualities for air travel, fixing the seats, the line, and the service, but why would a company bother with the expense if consumers are singly motivated by the payoff?”

(Jon Kolko a.k.a. @jkolko ~ UX Magazine)

State of Design: How design education must change

Schooling versus learning. Formal education of a field becomes significant if the demand for a profession exceeds the supply. But how to find the proper pedagogy, didactics and curriculum? Instructional design revisited.

“Design is the practice of intentional creation to enhance the world. It is a field of doing and making, creating great products and services that fit human needs, that delight and inform. Design is exciting because it calls upon the arts and humanities, the social, physical, and biological sciences, engineering and business.”

(Donald A. Norman)

UX for Learning: Design Guidelines for the Learner Experience

Still convinced we can learn so much from the discipline of Instructional Design.

“With educational applications for kids, corporate eLearning, and online degree programs, more and more UX designers face design briefs for creating digital experiences with an educational purpose. Other applications, whether they’re new or launching new features, often present micro-learning experiences that gently teach users how to use the software.”

(Dorian Peters a.k.a. @dorian_peters ~ UXmatters)

The problems with training (and what to do about it)

“Many famous people became famous for things other than their public speaking ability. Despite this, many famous people are asked to speak at events, and they suck. In the case of most conferences, it’s not famous people, but its experts in some field or domain who do most of the speaking. It follows that many of them, when public speaking is concerned, might also suck.” (Scott Berkun – uiweb) – courtesy of lawrence lee

Plans for the BBC Digital Curriculum

“The Digital Curriculum is a new public service from the BBC for schools and learners at home throughout the United Kingdom.” (BBCi)

User Experience and Human Learning: The underlying thinking of how people learn, acquire knowledge, and understand

“The field of instructional design and technology is also valuable to the UX community, providing theories and knowledge on important aspects of humans behaviour and the role technology plays influencing that behaviour.” (Peter J. BogaardsBogieLand)

Instructional Design for Flow in Online Learning

“(…) how the instructional design of an online course can facilitate an optimal learning experience for the student.” – (ACM eLearn Magazine) courtesy of elearningpost

Use and Abuse of Reusable Learning Objects

“The term Learning Object, first popularized by Wayne Hodgins in 1994 when he named the CedMA working group ‘Learning Architectures, APIs and Learning Objects’, has become the Holy Grail of content creation and aggregation in the computer-mediated learning field.” (Pithamber R. Polsani – Journal of Digital Information 3.4)

Explorations in Learning & Instruction: The Theory Into Practice Database

“The Theory Into Practice (TIP) database contains descriptions of 50 theories relevant to human learning and instruction.” (Greg Kearsley)

Instructional Design in eLearning

“(…) the role of instructional design in elearning is often misunderstood – due to the perceived complexity of the process and to poor understanding of the pedagogical requirements of elearning.” (George Siemens – elearnspace)

Knowledge Management in Instructional Design

“This article will review what instructional designers do, describe knowledge management, and indicate how knowledge management is influencing instructional design.” (J. Michael Spector and Gerald S. Edmonds – ERIC)