Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?
MARCH 28, 2014
I''ve read a lot of articles about the disadvantages of PowerPoint—how it stifles discussion, critical thinking, and thoughtful decision making—but no article conveys the agony of sitting through a slide presentation better or more humorously than this one.
Parallel Supercomputing: Past, Present and Future
JULY 31, 2013
Moreover, there were widely different parallel architecture designs, some coming from universities and others from industry. It wasn’t clear at all which designs worked well for different kinds of applications and would thus be commercially viable.
Design thinking & complexity pt 1
OCTOBER 3, 2013
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.
Instructional Design Orthodoxy
APRIL 27, 2012
I will be dating myself here, but so much of the orthodoxy in the instructional design process was forged back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the only Computer-Based Training (CBT) tools were Toolbook for the PC, and Hypercard for the Mac. The idea that you might allow scrolling was to many an Instruction Designer taboo. Now, content is organization and divided by its subject matter rather than some presentation constraint. Instructional Design
The Secret Sauce for Productive Nonprofit Meetings that No One Talks About
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
It includes design and facilitation – and these days those are important leadership skills. There is lots of advice out there about how to design and facilitate meetings. Flickr Photo by Iain.
Designing and Implementing MOOCs that Maximize Student Learning
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
APRIL 3, 2013
Summary of a presentation by Seth Anderson (Duke), Amy Collier (Stanford), Cassandra Horlii (California Institute of Technology) Amy: What is unique about online learning in MOOCs? They present a unique design challenge. Can we design for learning in MOOCs?
3 Must-Have Productivity Tools for Creating Visual Content for Social Channels
JULY 30, 2013
1) PowerPoint: Yes, I know, PowerPoint is a presentation tool. But it is the quickest and easiest way to create text overlay images because you can easily compose one in PowerPoint and export this single slide as a jpg image. You are on a roll!
Anticipating the Next Wave of Experience Design
MARCH 28, 2011
Experience design has emerged in part as a response to this growing need we all have. It is no longer enough to design products and services so that they have aesthetic appeal and perform well. We demand a more satisfying broader experience when interacting with these products and services so that we more effectively pull out the true potential of these products and services. These constructal design theories have profound implications.
A product’s experience goes beyond User Experience
MARCH 1, 2010
I believe that the user should always come first in any design discussion, even initially above business needs. The experience of a device reaches well beyond a person’s relationship with the product. Nearly every consumer product is designed to live within an ecosystem. When designing a product, it’s important to recognize (at least) three things. Second, the ecosystem that this product lives within.
Presentation to UNCTAD's Advisory Group on "Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, cloud-Learning"
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
DECEMBER 12, 2013
Only after this, do we move into the idea, of learning design and pedagogy, which is drawn primarily from the field of distance learning, where courses are rounded up as packages, or what we might call program texts, designed to lead the student through a course of instruction. Web course tools, then became mechanisms for collecting, packaging, and presenting these. It is, in many ways, an unbundling of this traditional course design.
A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills
OCTOBER 7, 2014
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.
Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
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?
The UX of Co-Design: Experience Principles for Successful Client Workshops
JULY 13, 2011
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.
How to Use Design Thinking to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Digital Strategy
OCTOBER 22, 2013
We used some Human Centered Design techniques from their “ Innovating for People ” design methods recipe book. It was the most stimulating web platform strategy session that I have ever experienced! What is Human Centered Design?
For Creative Leaders, an Engaged Team is No Longer Enough
MARCH 3, 2016
Alla Zollers is a leadership coach and organizational designer. Full participation is an energetic force, a gust of wind that can lift a team and open up the creativity that is desperately needed to design truly valuable products and services. We know participation is present because we can feel it. It not only generates energy and enthusiasm, but it also affects productivity and creativity.
A Conversation with Gina Trapani: On Designing Meaningful Notifications
JUNE 25, 2013
Evi Hui : What lead you to become interested in the design of notifications? Gina Trapani : At work, I’m at my happiest and most productive when I have long stretches of uninterrupted time to dive deep into coding or writing or thinking. Our distraction machines can threaten our creativity, productivity, and ability to think long-term if we let them. EH : What are important considerations when designing an app with notifications?
Trainer’s Notebook: Reflections on Designing and Delivering Training To Get Results
OCTOBER 28, 2013
Design for Participants To Apply. It’s been great to discuss instructional design with other trainers that Deborah has brought together. Design for Different Levels of Capacity and Skills: Adapt in Real Time. So, you have to design for that. Training Design
Design Takes Over: Making Beauty Out of Necessity
FEBRUARY 9, 2011
As summarized in the introductory article From the Editor , the 2011 predictions presented a balanced view of the next year, articulating both the magnitude of the challenges we face as well as the major opportunities for progress: “It will be a tale of two economies: a rich world struggling with a weak and jobless recovery, and an emerging world growing four times as fast. For a simple reason: one of design’s most fundamental tasks is to help people deal with change.”.
The Awesomeness Factor: Cameron Gray on Agile and UX
FEBRUARY 18, 2011
As a design process freak, I jumped at the chance to interview Cameron and ask him about the way he is integrating UX in Mindflash’s Agile development methodology. When I looked at what it would take to build a new product I knew we would need to hire a significant number of new developers and create a process for product development. We are also spending a fair amount of time working on further integrating the Product and QA teams into our process.
Shaping a Generation’s First Experience with Star Wars
MARCH 23, 2016
I sat down with him to find out what it’s like to take on such a dream-job project and how he approaches managing designers. What nuggets from your experience as a design manager do you have that you think the audience at MX is really going to value? They’re able to present options that they probably already know the answer to and get people to pick the right answer. Typically you’d have years to develop this type of product, and we had months.
Do you want to DO design thinking? Start with the d.School's.
FEBRUARY 25, 2011
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. Erving Goffman: The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Bill Moggridge: Designing Interactions. This compilation is intended as an active toolkit to support your design thinking practice.
A New Tribe: Reflections on the Service Experience Conference 2013
NOVEMBER 11, 2013
Are we entering a new era where close business and design collaboration just makes sense? Where designers speak business models and business folks speak storytelling and experience? A mixture of design and business speak that when spoken under the umbrella of service design made sense.
Alan Cooper: Letting Light into the Forest
JULY 14, 2016
As the founder of Cooper, an interaction design consultancy, he is renowned for his work with personas and his firm’s rigorous design methodology. He is bullish about the long-term demand for consultancies to do interaction design work like his own firm offers. I asked him if he felt the same way about service design. “As When I went into this it was interface design and it was mostly the design of keystrokes and pixels.
Google Plus – One50, Two50 and TheRest
JULY 13, 2011
View more presentations from Ross Mayfield. IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning Personal KM Productivity Tools Social Computing
No Agile Gospel please, just give me Enlightenment
JUNE 28, 2010
why not both Home About Contact Monday, 28 June 2010 No Agile Gospel please, just give me Enlightenment For lack of a logo, heres the Snowbird resort where the Agile Manifesto was developed back in 2001 Agile Software Development presently is suffering from evangelisation, it seems.
A complex look at task assignments
APRIL 6, 2016
I was thinking (one morning at 4AM, when I was wishing I was asleep) about designing assignment structures that matched my activity-based learning model. It could be a presentation, a video, a document, or what have you. There could even be a model presentation.
Concrete and Contextual
AUGUST 19, 2015
Ideally, the learner is given a concrete deliverable as an outcome that they must produce (that mimics the type of outcome we’re expecting them to be able to create as an outcome of the learning, whether decision, work product, or.). design meta-learning
The Future IMS Learning Design
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JULY 15, 2009
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.
?Beyond “I hate green:” Managing Productive Visual Design Reviews
AUGUST 1, 2010
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been a part of a design review that included any of the following comments: [ ] I hate green. [ ] Can you make it “pop?. [ ] Just tweak it around a bit and we’ll have another review. [ ] Make the logo bigger. [ ] Can you just make it look like Apple? It’s a common challenge in visual design: creating a feedback structure that respects the subjective nature of visual design, yet also generates actionable items for moving forward.
Building an Engaging Community By Gautam Ghosh
APRIL 19, 2011
Of particular interest would be slide #11, where he shares a rather nice graphic of how community builders / facilitators need to design for both community and content in a rather balanced manner. View more presentations from Gautam Ghosh. .
Pick my brain?
OCTOBER 26, 2016
One had heard me speak about learning design, and one had heard about a workshop I’d given, but both contacted me. It is clear they realized that there’s value to them for having a scrutable learning design. So for the first one, they wanted some feedback on their design, and we arranged that I’d investigate a representative sample and provide feedback. They had a good design, largely, under the constraints, but there were some systematic design problems.
Making Business Sense of Social Media and Social Networking – Twitter For Business
MARCH 4, 2011
Education on social tools is more aligned towards showing and demonstrating a change of habits ; basically, shifting gears into new ways of getting the job done; figuring out new methods of becoming, even more, productive carrying out daily tasks and activities by injecting various 2.0
Smart Filtering – On Humanising and Socialising the Web
MAY 5, 2011
Can we trust those hidden algorithms that are not very open and transparent in the first place while presenting the supposedly desired results? Enterprise social software must be designed to accommodate the varying needs of organizations with respect to the productivity versus awareness issue.
Under the ‘Content’ Cover
NOVEMBER 10, 2015
Too often I see instructional design training and tools, in addition to talking about ‘objectives’ and ‘assessment’ (which I tend to call ‘practice’, for hopefully obvious reasons), talking about ‘content’. And I think that simplification is a path to bad learning design. What should be the elements of content are an introduction to the learning experience, a presentation of the concept(s), examples that illustrate applying the concept to contexts, and a closing of the experience.
How is the culture of luxury changing?
OCTOBER 10, 2011
Tim Stock of scenarioDNA has created an excellent presentation on the Culture of Luxury, shown here. View more presentations from Tim Stock. As we are more able to do so, we strive for the products that make up our environment to be perfect. design Social trends
Heading in the right direction
MAY 26, 2016
What I see in schools, classrooms, and corporations are information presentation and knowledge testing. I elaborated it in some subsequent posts, trying to make clear that the activities could be connected and social, so that you could be developing something over time, and also that the output of the activity produced products – both the work and thoughts on the work – that serve as a portfolio. design meta-learning
Challenges in engaging learning
DECEMBER 16, 2014
I’ve been working on moving a team to deeper learning design. The goal is to practice what I preach, and make sure that the learning design is competency-aligned, activity-based, and model-driven. I presented to the team my vision, we worked out a process, and started coaching the team during development. Avoiding presenting just knowledge and definitions is hard work. We’ll be running some student tests next week before presenting to the founder.
5 cool holiday gifts for $25 or less | Daniel Pink
DECEMBER 16, 2011
Design (52). Design (52). Personal Productivity (14). So when I find presents that work, I never let go. Lots of groovy designs. This is one of those products I wish I’d thought of. Jenny – How much do I get for all this product endorsement?
From Farm to Phone to Table: Sprig comes to the Service Experience Conference
OCTOBER 27, 2014
We got his non-designer take on the importance of service experience and where he sees a need for service design in the future. Why should people be interested in service experience and design? Two years ago, you would never have expected me to care about service design.
Types and proportions of learning activities?
SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
Yes, there likely will be some content presentation, but it’s not everything , and instead is the core model with examples of how it plays out in context. The processing that helps make models stick includes having learners generate products: giving them data or outcomes and having them develop explanatory models. What this also implies is that learning is much more practice than content presentation. design