Silly Design

Clark Quinn

Time for a brief rant on interface designs. And, hopefully, we can extract some lessons, because these are just silly design decisions. But there’s one very very silly design decision here. And the 3rd timer, of course, has one. Of course. design

Design 170

E-Learning 3.0 Course Synopsis

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The MOOC environment is designed to support both types of learning. Ideally, course participants will have tools to manage their individual knowledge networks as well as means to interact through social networks. Each person enters the course with their own learning objective.

Course 191

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Evil design?

Clark Quinn

And over the years, while they’ve made mistakes (canceling HyperCard ), I’ve enjoyed their focus on making me more productive. Of course, it started, and then said “finishing” For 5 days! First, this is bad design. The post Evil design? design strategy technologyThis is a rant, but it’s coupled with lessons. . I’ve been away, and one side effect was a lack of internet bandwidth at the residence.

Design 121

Designing outside your comfort zone

Adaptive Path

That’s what we tell ourselves because as designers we often rely on tried and tested tools, methods and standards to help us arrive at a solution that should work. They may sound like best practices for just being a good designer, and they are. “Trust the process!”.

Design 206

udemy Course with Marissa Mayer

Jay Cross

CEO Marissa Mayer, win $1,000 for your best design, and learn how a student just like you is succeeding with what she learned on Udemy. During her 13 years at Google, she oversaw the company’s Search, Maps, and Local Products in addition to User Experience. Take This FREE Course.

Course 169

The 'Course' in MOOC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Given the opportunity, these learners have a burning desire to 'complete' the course. Well-designed and smartly-delivered" MOOCs with a valid, transferable certificate of completion (learning experience) may be 1 viable solution. In this sense, the concept of course completion doesn't really make sense - what is it to 'complete' joining a community? Here's why the C in MOOC continues to stand for 'Course'. Today, of course, they're not necessarily lectures any more.

Course 194

Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design thinking has become an increasingly popular topic of discussion over the past decade. Design is no longer just for physical objects, e.g. cars, bridges, shoes, jewelry, smartphones. The application of design thinking beyond products isn’t new.

Design 277

Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?


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.

Design 275

Czech Course Followup Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was asked the following questions after my presentation to CZ Course RVP_VT21 yesterday: (Elements of Coop.) I see it’s not contra-productive from the educational point of view but once a teacher wants their students to work um some comprehensive topic, I have my doubts about the result. We could talk about how better or worse to design these materials, but that now leaves the domain of cooperative versus collaborative learning.

Course 138

Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The September issue of the Harvard Business Review features a spotlight on The Evolution of Design Thinking. Last week I discussed this expanded view of design thinking based on one of the articles, - Design Thinking Comes of Age.

Education and, of course, the Net

Harold Jarche

Roger Schank: the on line education revolution: its all about the design. Not on ages’ old traditions of learning, but on a system of reducing human qualities to measurable, standardized productivity designed for the assembly line.

Course 200

Birgit Mager and the Evolution of Service Design

Adaptive Path

Birgit Mager has watched service design evolve since the mid-nineties, and has been hugely influential in its development. She holds the first service design professorship at the University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany, is the President and Co-Founder of the International Service Design Network , and Editor-in-Chief of Touchpoint , the International Journal of Service Design. Ayla Newhouse [AN]: How did you arrive at service design as your path?

Design 219

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.

Musing on Google’s Power Searching Course and marketing

Jay Cross

Today I completed Google’s Power Searching Course. After the course, I treat search more as an iterative process. I spent three or four hours taking the course. Course design. ” I complete the course with even more respect for Google.

Search 172

A jot of design

Clark Quinn

Ordinarily, I don’t even look at vendor products when offered free trials. First, it was an iPad app supporting design. Given that I’m very much about improving design, *and* quite into mobile, this was of interest. Second, I mistakenly thought it came from Michael Allen’s company Allen Interactions, and he’s not only been an early advocate of engaging design, but also he’s a supremely nice guy to complement his smarts. design mobile

Design 145

Jobs of the future: sports referees out, emotional designers in

Ross Dawson

Of course judging whether there has been a foul is far less cut-and-dried. DESIGN is in a way the defining domain of the future, in shaping technology, products, and indeed everything in our world so it best suits humans.

Design 231

Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 4

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Activities Each week of the course will feature some events. Plus, using the backchannel with the rest actually crashed my web server recently, so I need to fix that if I want to use it for the course. When I went to create a new chat channel for the course, I got this error.

Design 161

How Effective are Video-Based Training Courses?


3 Benefits of Video-Based Training Courses. Video-based training courses pack an impressive punch in the area of benefits. For example, a video-based training course is…. Self-paced – A learner can choose his or her own rate at which to advance in the course.

Productivity Tips for the Mobile (Social) Knowledge Web Worker – Mophie, Gum Max and Logitech

Luis Suarez

As I have mentioned on my last blog post , here’s a follow-up entry for today where I’m going to pick things up from where I left them around some additional Productivity Tips for the Mobile (Social) Knowledge Web Worker.

Designing Learning Campaigns and Learning Challenges

Jane Hart

Many believe that traditional classroom training as well as “click-next” e-learning courses are both ineffective and unappealing. In this four week workshop we will look at the different aspects of planning, designing and running a learning campaign or challenge, and you will have the opportunity to start the design of your own challenge or campaign, and share it with the other participants. Week 2: How to design a learning campaign or challenge.

Design 136

UX Week Keynote Speaker Amanda Dameron on Making Design More Human

Adaptive Path

If you’re a fan of Dwell magazine, you’re familiar with its unique take on modern architecture and design in the home. Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron is a passionate advocate for the philosophy of design exemplified by the homes, decor, and furnishings showcased in Dwell.

Design 266

Take this free, brief, online course on Learning to Learn

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Enroll in the course here. SpacedEd co-founder and CEO Duncan Lennox says that is precisely what his product is doing for physicians. SpacedEd is a platform designed to allow learners and teachers to harness the educational benefits of spaced education.

Course 157

Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In this paper I would like to address the core design elements in the development of a personal learning architecture being developed in the National Research Council''s Learning and Performance Support Systems program. The MOOC combined several themes which were in themselves becoming increasingly important: the idea of massively multi-user environments, the idea of using open and distributed content, the idea of fully online delivery, and the packaging of these as an online course.

Design 197

X-based learning: sorting out pedagogies and design

Clark Quinn

Learners are engaged in working on real things, and the contextualization facilitates transfer to the extent that you’ve designed the activity to require the types of performance they’ll need in the world. That’s the point of having products of activities, at least reflection , so it sounds very much is in synergy. Getting there requires a different type of learning design that one focused on standards. design meta-learning

Design 194

Designing to encourage “collaborative consumption”

Adaptive Path

A week ago, I posted to an internal list about collaborative consumption: Collaborative Consumption is a term used to describe a new kind of product and service use, away from ownership, and towards sharing, bartering, and the like. The trick to make collaborative consumption work is experience design. This is very much in line with what we talk about when we talk about the service-izing of all products. Ben clarified: Envy isn’t meant to be taken literally, of course.

Shazam will recognize objects as well as music: the implications for retail and design

Ross Dawson

There are massive implications for both retail and product design. Design. What will this mean for designers? In a world of open information flows and inexpensive manufacturing all recognized designers are already getting copied wholesale. Of course recognition technologies used in the app and the manufacturing processes will not be fabulous for some time to come. design Future of retail Mobile Technology trends

Design 195

IBM at MX 2014: Design-centered at Scale

Adaptive Path

Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of amazing work done to manage and lead in organizations from a design perspective. One of the things that stood out most from many of them is how important commitment from overall leadership is to putting design and experience at the core of an organization’s activities. Design-led change is hard and it’s clear that lip service to design doesn’t really cut it. IBM is serious about design in a way I have seldom seen.

Design 217

Culture and Design: Collective Versus Individual Progress

Adaptive Path

This collection of observations has made me realize just how deeply culture and cultural differences impact the practice of design. Why is it important for design? This approach is often characterized by interrelated products and services designed to benefit the community as a whole.

“Can experience be designed?” Yes. No. Wait, yes. But.

Adaptive Path

Oliver Reichenstein’s recent article “Can experience be designed?&# Reichenstein does a good job cutting through a lot of the hype and fluff that surrounds experience design, drilling through the rhetoric in an attempt to reach a more substantive center. Experience Design: More than designing interfaces, less than designing houses. Not designing experiences, but designing for experiences. We can, however, design for experiences.

Design 200

Design: our barriers

Clark Quinn

When it comes to problem solving, (and we can think of design as problem-solving as well as search), we have certain behaviors that predispose us to certain types of solutions (in other words, prematurely limiting our search space). This can be seen when designers are familiar with a particular implementation tool or environment. The designs then tend to resemble what is easy to do with that tool (the old “when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail&# ).Â

Design 100

Increased complexity needs simplified design

Harold Jarche

With better communications, the course model enabled expertise to be collected, first with books and later with other storage media such as video and audio. The course model is an artifact of a time when information was scarce and connections were few.

Designing Civic Engagement for the 21st Century

Adaptive Path

We need to recognize these behaviors and design appropriate channels to engage with communities and governments for the smartphone age. Inspired by the great work that the folks at Code for America are doing, PJ and I came up with the idea of creating a university program that would get students to work together across academic disciplines (computer science, design, and liberal arts) to create software products that address real civic and social issues.

Design 159

Mark Jones on the Pros and Cons of External Service Design Consultancies vs. In-house Teams

Adaptive Path

More and more companies are exploring service design with external consultancies or by building in-house teams. In the past couple years, as we’ve seen many design firms (including Adaptive Path) get acquired by large companies, it feels especially timely to reflect on the different advantages of internal versus external design groups and the types of work each is best suited for. Are you more interested in building a culture of design and human-centeredness?

Design 203

Designing and Implementing MOOCs that Maximize Student Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

They present a unique design challenge. They have a more varied educational and cultural background than in traditional courses. The majority of active users say they’re taking the course for fun or a challenge, rather than a credential. Can we design for learning in MOOCs?

Design 182

Designing Civic Engagement for the 21st Century

Adaptive Path

We need to recognize these behaviors and design appropriate channels to engage with communities and governments for the smartphone age. Inspired by the great work that the folks at Code for America are doing, PJ and I came up with the idea of creating a university program that would get students to work together across academic disciplines (computer science, design, and liberal arts) to create software products that address real civic and social issues.

Design 147

Do you want to DO design thinking? Start with the d.School's.

Bob Sutton

Design school project teaches bike safety - The Stanford Daily Online. James Adams: Good Products, Bad Products: Essential Elements to Achieving Superior Quality. Tim Brown: Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. Tina Seelig: What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World. Bill Moggridge: Designing Interactions. Bob Sutton.

From workplace courses to global conversations

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Aug 27 2008 From courses to community: Josien Kapma and Nancy White Published by Nancy White at 6:42 am under communities of practice , learning This is an article that Josien Kapma and I wrote for the Dutch journal, “Leren in Organisaties&#. In the process, I learn a lot; about the content of the event, and about design of learning events.

Course 100

Interview with Margret Schmidt, VP of User Experience Design and Research at TiVo (Part 2)

Adaptive Path

Peter Merholz: In your earlier discussion of the departments involved in product development, Marketing was not mentioned. Margret Schmidt: Marketing is outside of the Product Development organization, and User Experience is inside Product Development. The VP of Marketing is very engaged in the executive reviews of all products and designs. Marketing sets the requirements (like product management does for product) and they are heavily involved in reviews.

The Future IMS Learning Design

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The Future IMS Learning Design What is the future of learning design? Joel Greenberg My own personal view: maybe the world is moving on, and maybe the idea of 'design' is a bit old fashioned. The idea is to lead academics to a lightweight narrative, and having them design around it. My experience is that your standard academic simply won't touch this stuff (learning design). So, what is the future of learning design? The same could be for larning design.

Design 122

The 3 Qs for Great Experience Design (by Jared Spool)

Adaptive Path

The 3 Qs for Great Experience Design. Using these three variables, we’ve created corresponding questions to help us quickly rate a team’s experience design prowess. Notice that the story doesn’t describe the specifics of the design or the system — that’s not important. Their business units currently don’t talk to each other and pretend that customers don’t exist beyond their own individual products. Jared Spool.

Design 126

The UX of Co-Design: Experience Principles for Successful Client Workshops

Adaptive Path

In the past six months, I've been leading design teams of twenty, sometimes thirty people. Some of these people are designers, but the majority are managers, business strategists, front-line workers, and P&L owners. Together we have been solving big wonky strategy and design problems that matter deeply to how our client will continue to support and grow relationships with their customers in the future. Plan for productive groups.

Design 190

Is intrinsic motivation a myth?

Clark Quinn

You can use tangible offerings like money or products/produce, or more ephemeral rewards like points. When, of course, learners understand how their role fits in to the bigger picture (read: purpose ). design meta-learning

Level of polish?

Clark Quinn

One colleague was adamant that we were undermining our position by using low quality production. After weighing in, I thought it required a longer response, and of course it has to go here. So, my first concern is the quality of the design. Gilded bad design is still bad design.