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Guiding Questions for the 5D Framework

Discovery  Audience  Who are we trying to reach?  What are their needs in this area?  How does an online learning experience fit into their lives? How can we reach them with this opportunity?  Investment  What will it cost to offer the optimal learning experience?  What people, skills, and other resources would be needed?  What is […]

The 5D Framework for Learning Experience Design

Adapted from Budd (2016a, 2016b)  In a 2016 article, Daniel Christian names two challenges to his own recommendations for embedding learning experience designers (LXDs) in course teams for the production of excellent online courses. First, he suggests that course teams can often be unwieldy and inefficient, becoming “a bottleneck to the organization” (Christian, 2016). Second, […]

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Facing the Challenge to Design Quality Learning Experiences

A version of this article first appeared in the Harvard Graduate School of Education Teaching and Learning Lab blog on October 28, 2015. Ask anyone who has taken an online course what they thought of the experience, and you are likely to hear words like “impersonal”, “boring”, “tedious”, “ineffective”, or “monotonous”. The modality has unfortunately earned itself a […]

The Learning Loop: An Iterative Dialogue

The Learning Loop: An Iterative Dialogue Between SMEs and Design Partners A version of this article first appeared in the Harvard Graduate School of Education Teaching and Learning Lab blog on July 11, 2016. “[A] thermostat that automatically turns on the heat whenever the temperature in a room drops below 68°F is a good example of single-loop learning. […]

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The Making of a Learning Designer, Part 1

A version of this article first appeared in the Harvard Graduate School of Education Teaching and Learning Lab blog on May 18, 2016.   What Is A Learning Designer? One of the interview questions I ask prospective learning designers is, “If you get this job, how will you describe your new role to your friends and family?” The […]