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!”.

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Designing Microlearning

Clark Quinn

Earlier, I wrote about designing microlearning, but what I was really talking about was the design of spaced learning. So how should you design the type of microlearning I really feel is valuable? The design process, then, would be to identify the model guiding the performance (e.g. The post Designing Microlearning appeared first on Learnlets. design mobileYesterday, I clarified what I meant about microlearning.

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.

Designing For Emerging Technologies

Adaptive Path

Adaptive Path’s Scott Sullivan is a contributing author of Designing for Emerging Technologies published by O’Reilly Media and released today. Adaptive Path Design Leaders Designing for Emerging Technologies Scott Sullivan

Design Thinking?

Clark Quinn

There’s been quite a bit of flurry about Design Thinking of late (including the most recent #lrnchat ), and I’m trying to get my around what’s unique about it. It helps to understand that I’ve been steeped in design approaches since at least the 80’s. Herb Simon’s Sciences of the Artificial argued, essentially, that design is the quintessential human activity. And my grad school experience was in a research lab focused on interface design.

Grand Unified Theory of Service Design, Systems Design, and Organization Design

Adaptive Path

I sat down with Jeff to pick his brain on putting the ‘service design’ in software-as-a-service. One is that I specialize in helping IT organizations and digital businesses bring together agile, DevOps, and design thinking in order to adopt new methodologies and be able to deliver more continuous value, so I’m really interested in the relationship between design and engineering and design and IT in particular. Very often, DevOps and design never speak.

Designing Learning Like Professionals

Clark Quinn

I’m increasingly realizing that the ways we design and develop content are part of the reason why we’re not getting the respect we deserve. We need to start combining experience design with learning engineering to really start delivering solutions. To truly design learning, we need to understand learning science. The point I’m trying to make is that we have to stop treating designing learning as something anyone can do. design meta-learning strategy

Who supports non-designed learning experiences?

Jane Hart

But who supports the non-designed learning experiences? They clearly don’t need to be designed or developed. It seems that many (in L&D and elsewhere) are not interested in non-designed learning … Social learning

Adaptive or just good design?

Clark Quinn

And, of course, it occurred to me after a conversation that there might be another example of this ‘tech fix before smart fix’ problem: adaptive learning over good design. But I would posit that before you charge off for adaptive learning, you make sure you’re doing good learning design first. Adaptation on top of good learning design is likely to add some extra benefits, but adaptation on old learning design just doesn’t make sense.

Rethinking Design: Curriculum

Clark Quinn

The goal is to choose tasks, with the final task likely being chosen first and working backwards (as in Understanding By Design ) to determine what needs to be done. design

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.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Managing Designers

Adaptive Path

Are there common personality traits among designers that should shape the way they’re managed? Design managers naturally think about what they need from their team, but Bob Baxley , a design executive in Silicon Valley, believes it’s more interesting to consider what designers need from their manager in order to thrive. How designers want to be managed is an incredibly important topic that’s not getting much attention.

Designing for Bright Spots

Adaptive Path

For this year’s BarnRaise , Sept 9-11, The Capital ONE Design team is partnering with Family House (FH), a local nonprofit that provides free, temporary housing for families with children undergoing cancer and other treatment at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. About Capital ONE Design.

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.

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Rethinking Design: Pedagogy

Clark Quinn

In thinking through how to design courses that lead to both engaging experiences and meaningful outcomes, I’ve been working on the component activities. design

Community Service by Design

Adaptive Path

After some effort, I was in a better place and I felt compelled to help those who weren’t, but I was at a loss as to how to apply my skills as a designer to this issue I felt so passionate about. Visual and physical design affordances.

Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design has long played a major role in product innovation. But in the last few years, a shift has been underway bringing design to the very core of the business. “ The Evolution of Design Thinking : It’s no longer just for products.

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Learning without Design

Jane Hart

Most workplace learning is based on the concept that learning has to be designed; in fact that people won’t be able to learn something unless it has been structured into a logical sequence, developed professionally and delivered to them in some authoritative way.

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A Design Approach to Human Flourishing

Adaptive Path

Anna Pohlmeyer is assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Design at TU Delft where she also co-chairs the Delft Institute of Positive Design, a research institute devoted to the study of design for human flourishing. There are multiple ways to design for happiness.

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3 Design Thinking Facilitation Resources for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Almost four years ago, I wrote my experience as a participant n a design-thinking lab to give input on a digital strategy for a philanthropy. The design lab was facilitated by Pete Maher, founder of Luma Institute. The Big Picture: Design Thinking in the Context of Innovation.

Levels of Design

Clark Quinn

Kirkpatrick is widely (not widely enough, and wrongly) used as an evaluation tool, but he talked about using it as a design tool, and that perspective made clear for me a problem with our approaches. The point, and this is emphasized by the ‘design’ perspective, is that you are supposed to start with level 4, and work back. Using it as a design tool, however, would emphasize the point. And, of course, to better learning design overall. design strategy

The Designer’s Toolbox

Jay Cross

Most of the three dozen people convened by the irrepressible Aaron Silvers for a recent retreat in Sedona, Arizona, would say they’re designers, but not instructional designers. Learner Experience Design. I’m throwing the design tools at the dilemma.

Designing, delivering and managing modern learning experiences

Jane Hart

But here I want to consider what it means for the design, delivery and management of organised and managed learning experiences – because this will of … Social learning

Design Interrupted: Design-time Versus Meeting-time

Adaptive Path

The same, it seems, goes for design. An article I read a while back caused me to reflect on how we scheduled meetings at Adaptive Path and how that might affect my colleagues' ability to achieve quality design work. But the meetings still break up the design day, and some days the teams might barely get into really deep design work where they have the time and focus to understand and solve hard problems before they'd have to attend a meeting.

Design thinking & complexity pt 1

Dave Snowden

I promised to address this yesterday following a presentation on Design Thinking at the conference here in Ohio. Designers going into the field to observe people in action. It also seemed more suitable for product design that service creation.

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.

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The Evolution of Design Thinking

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design Thinking is the featured topic in the September issue of the Harvard Business Review with four articles on the subject. “It’s The application of design thinking beyond products, - in innovation, problem solving and business strategy, - isn’t new. That’s where design comes in.

Designing Backward and Forward

Clark Quinn

So I began thinking about performance experience design as a way to keep us focused on designing solutions to performance needs in the organization. From there, we can design forward to create those resources, or make them accessible (e.g. design meta-learning

Designing mLearning in Korean

Clark Quinn

It actually happened a while ago, but I was pleased to learn that Designing mLearning has been translated into Korean. That’s kind of a nice thing to have happen! A slightly different visual treatment, presumably appropriate to the market.

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?

Typographers: the Original UX Designers

Adaptive Path

This made the type nerd in me happy and hopeful about the respect paid to typography on UX design. But revisiting it I was struck by how the rules of good typography reflect those of effective UX design. As UX designers we balance guiding users without over-defining an experience.

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Design Interrupted: Design-time Versus Meeting-time

Adaptive Path

The same, it seems, goes for design. An article I read a while back caused me to reflect on how we scheduled meetings at Adaptive Path and how that might affect my colleagues' ability to achieve quality design work. But the meetings still break up the design day, and some days the teams might barely get into really deep design work where they have the time and focus to understand and solve hard problems before they'd have to attend a meeting.

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. From a design perspective, one takeaway is to create micro learning opportunities.

How Autism can Influence Design: In conversation with Steve Silberman

Adaptive Path

The book, a sweeping history of autism in both science and society, contains some powerful implications about designing for human cognition and what “normal” really means. What do you think is the future of neurodiversity in design, and in the workplace?

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on Service Design

Adaptive Path

While in Berlin for our (awesome) workshop series, UX Intensive I accepted an invitation to speak at a local meet up with only the promise that I would speak “about service design.” ” The resulting talk, on Service Design, is a mixed tape of sorts. It’s a compilation of my work married with some of the great thinking on service design coming out of Adaptive Path from people like Jamin Hegeman , Brandon Schauer , and Chris Risdon.

The evolution of design to amplify flow

John Hagel

If we want to understand the importance of flows in our world, the new book Design in Nature released this week by Adrian Bejan and J. There is an imperative here:  “The constructal law is a shout from the rooftops: Everything that flows and moves generates designs that evolve  to survive (to live). All designs arise and evolve according to the same law.”. The importance of design in flow systems. The direction of design evolution.

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Instructional design: from “packaging” to “scaffolding”

Jane Hart

When I set up the Social Learning Centre last year, I wanted to offer workshops that encouraged discussions and conversations around topics (see About our workshops ): “Our workshops are designed to give just enough structure, without constraining personal and social learning.”

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Want to Design for Impact?

Adaptive Path

Whether you consider yourself a creative, a maker, an ideas person or are just plain curious, this is the opportunity work with a local San Francisco community organization, on a tangible opportunity, while being led by experts in the design process. The best way to learn design thinking?

Guided Social Learning Experience Design (Online Workshop)

Jane Hart

Online workshop runs 18 August – 12 September Most e-learning design is about gathering a comprehensive set of material, storyboarding the content, developing screens of information and adding in interactivity and quizzes to test understanding.

Design like a pro

Clark Quinn

And yet, if you’re going to be a learning designer or engineer , you should know the science and be using it. You could read Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn as a very good interpretation of the science. Look, if you’re going to do design, do it right. design In other fields of endeavors, there is a science behind the approaches. In civil engineering, it’s the properties of materials.