Learning Design Insights

Clark Quinn

I attended a recent Meetup of the Bay Area Learning Design & Technology, and it led to some insights. I was tapped to host the Learning Design conversation (there were three others: LMS, Measurement, and Social Learning), and that meant that a subset of the group sat in on the discussion. I’d chosen to start with 3 or four questions to prompt discussion: What is good learning design? Are you doing good learning design? design

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change the system, not the leader

Harold Jarche

Plus ça change, plus c’est pareil. Even punishing the person in charge will change little. Changing leaders will not change the system from which they emerged. In Adapting to Perpetual Beta I concluded that leadership in networks is exercised through reputation, not positional authority. To remain connected to the changes in their networks, good leaders are curious and promote experimentation, but do not need to control it.

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Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?

Xyleme

So what does that mean for the poor instructional designer when over 70% of the learning they create delivers poor customer experiences? The easy thing for an instructional designer to do is to rely on simple instinct and maintain the status quo. The problem is that expectations, both from learners and business stakeholders, have changed dramatically. Being static means being stale, and for instructional designers, stale content is the fastest road to irrelevancy.

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Service Design Soft Skill Builder: Empathy

Adaptive Path

We, the design community, talk (and write and speak) a lot about empathy. Some, at the extremes, position human-centered designers as Platonic figures releasing stakeholders from the shadows of opinion and faceless analytics into the reality of human emotions, needs, and desires. I fundamentally believe empathy is a foundational soft skill in design practice. ” So, every once in a while, mix some fiction in with those design books, blogs, and tweets.

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Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises

Charles Jennings

Learning professionals spend a significant amount of their time (maybe even the majority) designing and delivering content and then evaluating completions and short-term memory outputs from structured mandatory and compliance training modules and courses. I doubt whether learning can actually be managed by anyone other than the person who is developing their own skills, capability and changes in their behaviour.

Talking Shop with Network Designers and Weavers for Social Change

Beth Kanter

A part of my practice is around network design and facilitation and one of my most respected colleagues in this area is Eugene Eric Kim. Eugene is always thought in the way he designs and facilitates activities to bring people together to learn from one other. So, for this conversation about the art and craft of network design and weaving, he started us off with a ritual he learned from another network designer, Curtis Ogden.

Can a 5-minute exercise double your productivity? | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Pink is the author of four provocative bestselling books about the changing world of work. Design (52). Design (52). Can a 5-minute exercise double your productivity? This really changes the way I think about motivating my team and myself. I having a company mission statement and all those sorts of things aren’t crap as long as you really take those exercises seriously and embed that worthwhile cause into your routines. Dan Pink. Contact.

Service Design Soft Skill Builder: Empathy

Adaptive Path

We, the design community, talk (and write and speak) a lot about empathy. Some, at the extremes, position human-centered designers as Platonic figures releasing stakeholders from the shadows of opinion and faceless analytics into the reality of human emotions, needs, and desires. I fundamentally believe empathy is a foundational soft skill in design practice. So, every once in a while, mix some fiction in with those design books, blogs, and tweets.

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Help! Testing a network mapping exercise | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Mar 17 2008 Help! Testing a network mapping exercise Published by Nancy White at 2:31 pm under knowledge sharing , networks I often use a variety of paper networking mapping exercises in my face to face workshops. Make a note of their observations and any changes they might suggest.

Marc Newson at Sydney Design Excellence Forum: the design process is always the same

Trends in the Living Networks

I’m at Sydney Town Hall, where iconic Australian designer Marc Newson is speaking at the City of Sydney’s Design Excellence Forum. Marc has had a powerful impact on many facets of design. Initially working in furniture, he has now designed cars, boats, bicycles, cookware, Nike shoes, executive jets, and across many, many other domains. He is Royal Designer for Industry in the UK. It is fabulous to see a mayor with such design awareness.

NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

Beth Kanter

Last week I facilitated the “ Impact Leadership Track ” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson. The Leading Change Summit was drastically different from the Nonprofit Technology Conference, NTEN’s flagship event that has over 2,000 attendees, dozens of tracks and hundreds of panels, big parties, a trade show, and all the things you would expect from a traditional conference. The Session Design and Implementation.

Agile instructional design

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

I’ve been thinking about fresh approaches to instructional design. Instructional design was invented around the time of World War II. ADDIE (analyze, design, develop, implement & evaluate) made it possible to manage the process of creating useful training programs systematically. Modern instructional design needs to focus on creating flexible environments that nurture learning rather than rigid programs that attempt to force lessons into the heads of learners.

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What Improvisation Can Teach Social Change Leaders

Beth Kanter

The retreat curriculum is built around the a framework called “I-WE-IT” that covers mindsets and practical skills that today’s social change leaders of all generations need as we move towards more collective approaches. David Havens from Collective Capital , a company that works with business in the area of innovation through improvisation and design thinking. It can help apply improv to our work in social change by practicing what it means to have a networked mindset.

Explaining User Experience Design to High Schoolers (and other new audiences)

Adaptive Path

How do user experience designers tell their story in a relevant, meaningful way, to audiences who have no exposure to user experience design (UX)? UX practitioners are keenly aware that everything we use in our lives was designed by someone. But, outside of our industry (and related ones), most people aren’t aware of the many decisions that were made (or not made) on their behalf when a product or service was designed.

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A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

Beth Kanter

Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community. The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development. The design challenge was: How do we come up with concrete tools, frameworks and methods for helping people better understand and adopt network systems leadership? That is not design thinking.

Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: Several years ago, I was got trained in design thinking facilitation methods using Luma and have incorporated these techniques into my consulting and training practice. Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact. This is exactly why the practices of Design Thinking and Systems Theory has enjoyed such welcome from the social sector. They are speaking the language of people, and empathy, and systemic change.

How to Design an Effective Nonprofit Staff Retreat: A Lesson from Life

Beth Kanter

Designing the meeting so it is effective and encourages team-building can be tricky. How to Design an Effective Staff Retreat: A Lesson from Life – Guest Post by Karen Axelson from ETR. The planners of this event offered some valuable lessons for any organization on how to design effective and engaging retreats. Developed by ETR in 2014, this is a research-based approach for designing and delivering skill-building trainings.

Online Learning Course Design

Tony Karrer

I think they've both captured a lot of what worked and could have been changed. Here are some thoughts on the course and the implications for design of similar kinds of online learning courses. I believe that many learning experiences designed to reside in a social network will inherently feel more scattered. And, if I were designing something for new hires or another group of learners, I think it gave a pretty good idea of what the experience would be like.

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Using Design Thinking to ReThink Our Nonprofit or Community Foundation Work

Beth Kanter

To facilitate the lab, I used human centered design techniques (for a good overview see Jen Bokoff’s terrific overview post here ) and more specifically the Luma Institute methods (for more, see my post here.). The intent was to provide a deep dive for program officers to reflect on the way they currently work, identify what needs to change to create more impact, and come up with some prototypes. Has your organization used design thinking to rethink the way it works?

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth Kanter

Grantees, Experts, and Partners at the end of the Brainerd Foundation’s 21st Century Advocacy Design Lab. What if they used a design thinking process to not only get feedback from grantees but as a way to develop a more agile way of working? I was thrilled to work with the Brainerd Foundation staff to help design and facilitate a design lab using techniques based on Luma Institute methods earlier this month. How do we leverage the “rain” of culture change?3.

The Happy Healthy Social Change Activist: Passion for a Cause without Burnout

Beth Kanter

Since the theme this year was “Change Making,” I taught a workshop on self-care for change makers based on my forthcoming book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit , co-authored with Aliza Sherman. Nina Simon, the executive director of the museum, is an expert in participatory design and fantastic facilitator. The Happy Healthy Social Change Activist: Passion for a Cause without Burnout Workshop. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Tips Training Design

Design research as the fourth estate

Adaptive Path

In preparation for teaching the Design Research day of our upcoming UX Intensive in San Francisco, from June 15-18, I’ve been reflecting on the different roles that design research plays in the design process and in the organizations we work with. It seems to me that organizations seeking to evolve their products and services, or even revolutionize their offerings, can benefit greatly from something like a fourth estate for design.

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth Kanter

I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. And, if you are attending NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology in March, join me, John Kenyon, Andrea Barry, and Cindy Leonard for a session on designing effective technology training. All of my work these days is focused on designing and delivering effective training for nonprofits -primarily on the topics of social media, strategy, networks, and measurement.

Trainer’s Notebook: Reflections on Designing and Delivering Training To Get Results

Beth Kanter

Design for Participants To Apply. It’s been great to discuss instructional design with other trainers that Deborah has brought together. Recently, Jennifer Ahern Lammer who is the program director for the Alliance of Nonprofit Management , shared several good design points developed by Peter York from TCG and how she applies it. Design for Different Levels of Capacity and Skills: Adapt in Real Time. So, you have to design for that. Training Design

How I use social media | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I figured it would be good to exercise my memory a bit and unearth some of the key stories that led me to to my social media use today, and perhaps surface some of my patterns. Little did I know that this first toe-dip would literally change the course of my professional, and in many ways, my personal life. It was life changing. Over the years, this initial online learning experience formed the roots of my practice as a designer and facilitator of online learning events.

The Better By Design Summit: Cool Things I Heard in New Zealand.

Bob Sutton

Design school project teaches bike safety - The Stanford Daily Online. Howard Gardner: Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other Peoples Minds. Guy Kawasaki: Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. May: The Shibumi Strategy: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change. Chip Heath: Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. Leading a Great Enterprise through Dramatic Change. Bob Sutton.

The Paucity of Intelligent Design

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Re: Why Intelligent Design Is Going to Win This must be comedy Friday at Tech Central Station. intelligent design people! intelligent design people! The point is, intelligent design is a religion-driven anti-intellectual position adhered to (and directed toward) mostly uneducated people, and it is Not Science. Asserting this does not make an opponent of intellectual design a loser, merely untactful in stating the truth. Intelligent design and all, you know?

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Designing Professional Development for the Distracted Learner

Beth Kanter

Bersin by Deloitte’s infographic “ Meet the Modern Learner ” is an excellent summary of the challenges facing trainers who need to design and deliver professional development for nonprofit professionals. Instructional design is knowing how to organize your content and shape exercises based on brain and learning research. If you are designing and leading any type of training, take into account the current context for your participants.

An L&D Challenge?

Clark Quinn

So this creates an L&D challenge, if we want to consider it as a design problem. Raising awareness about the potential consequences can change people’s behavior. Now, I know it’s not in our control, so this is a thought exercise, but one that’s not easy. design strategyA colleague and friend posted about masks, and I weighed in. He suggested that it’s really a learning issue.

Augmenting AR for Learning

Clark Quinn

As I have argued , models are useful to guide our performance, and in fact I suggest that they’re the best basis to give people the ability to act, and adapt, in a changing world. The question is, can we not just illuminate them, but can we ‘exercise’ them. ? Another extension would be to ask learners to create a particular change of state (as long as the consequences are controllable). design technology

Peer Learning As A Prelude to Collective Action for Social Change: Reflection

Beth Kanter

As part of my work plan as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, I have the pleasure of working with networks of grantees to design and facilitate peer learning exchanges on networked nonprofit practices and using social media effectively over the past five years. One of the networks I’ve been supporting for three years is Friending the Finish Line strategy. This week was the third face-to-face meeting I’ve helped design and facilitate.

Augmenting AR for Learning

Clark Quinn

As I have argued , models are useful to guide our performance, and in fact I suggest that they’re the best basis to give people the ability to act, and adapt, in a changing world. The question is, can we not just illuminate them, but can we ‘exercise’ them. ? Another extension would be to ask learners to create a particular change of state (as long as the consequences are controllable). design technology virtual worlds

Our Top Tips for Learning from Home

Xyleme

Set Up a Designated Space to Do Your Work “Whether it's an entire room or just a corner somewhere, set up a designated space for yourself. Exercise Your Mind & Body “When the hustle and bustle of early classes and 'having to be somewhere' are removed, we neither move around as much nor have the mental / emotional exercise and stimulation of our normal routines. It’s important to make exercising, eating right, and getting enough rest a priority.”. –

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SAP may be betting on the right horses, but how about the jockeys?

Martijn Linssen

I replaced all the various separation characters by a single uniform one, ignored all the detailing such as e.g. Dashboard and Presentation Design (Xcelsius 2008) - which I turned into Dashboard and Presentation Design, and made a full list of unique expertises. Architecture business rules change knowledge management standardisationMark Finnern welcomed the new Sap mentors today , 20 experienced people with some ties to SAP.

Performance Architecture

Clark Quinn

I’ve been using the tag ‘learning experience design strategy’ as a way to think about not taking the same old approaches of events über ales. The problem is that it goes far beyond just a more enlightened instructional design, which of course we need. It involves technology systems, design processes, organizational change, and more. This got triggered by an exercise I’m engaging in, thinking how to convey this.

Smart.fm: Why Goals are the new Lists

Adaptive Path

And changing the way we think about something can have powerful implications on what we design and how we evaluate it. Through a series of exercises where we envisioned what the experience of using smart.fm From the experience mapping and metaphor brainstorming exercises that I wrote about previously, we selected some of the most compelling metaphors. Part of the Smart.fm iPhone App Story.

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Complex facilitation

Dave Snowden

Back in the DataSicences Genus programme we put a lot of effort into Joint Application Design (JAD) workshops, the point I which I also did some experimentation with Soft Systems approaches. Methods are designed to change interactions, not to change people.

Myths some teachers (apparently) believe

Clark Quinn

But it’s a pretty low chance, and we have far better exercises to achieve that goal. And I did contact the principal via email with all but the last, and he was kind enough to call me, but the end result is that nothing is going to change because there’s nothing really that can be done. design meta-learning Ok, that’s an alarmist title, because it’s only a few teachers, but these are some of the ones teaching my kids, and it’s mind-numbing.

Trainer’s Notebook: Using Posters To Spark Learning

Beth Kanter

The program is specially design to leverage the power of technology in supporting women’s rights and social justice leaders and organizations to advance their work and impact. I designed a 90-minute workshop focused on “Human-Centered Social Media Strategy” which teaches how to apply a simple design-thinking technique, creating personas, as the basis of your digital strategy. Then it was time for a simple exercise. Training Design

“… intire of it selfe”

Dave Snowden

A health warning – this is an exploratory post starting to develop an anthro-complexity theory of organisational change. A whole battery of organisational change consultants and departments organise around variations of what is known in political philosophy as social atomism.

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Pencil as Power Tool | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Pink is the author of four provocative bestselling books about the changing world of work. Design (52). Design (52). Pencil as Power Tool A few years ago, I took a five-day drawing class in New York City that changed my life. Browse Similar Posts: Art , Design , Tools , Whole New Mind. Can a 5-minute exercise double your productivity? getting out of my head and in touch with reality … and a great meditative exercise. 30 second exercise!

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Leveraging Technology

Clark Quinn

Subsequent exercises in screed generation have really relied on my creating an overarching structure, that lets me tell a story that incorporates the things I need to cover. I will be having a fight with my publisher (which I will lose; they can’t change that fast), but I hope you can do better. design meta-learning strategy technology Technology is supposed to support our goals, and, when well-written, it does.

The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This ecosystem has been designed to stimulate and manipulate the human psyche, “to draw us in and persuade us to change how we shop, vote, and exercise, and even who we love.” and how does it change our behavior?