Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?


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.

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Parallel Supercomputing: Past, Present and Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

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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.

Instructional Design Orthodoxy


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

Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the past several years, we have seen a rising emphasis on design, creativity and holistic thinking in business to help us deal with an increasingly volatile, unpredictable complex world. This is reflected not just in studies and articles, but in the growing number of design consulting firms like IDEO , as well as of design centers in universities, such as MIT's Media Lab and the in Stanford. This is where we enter the world of design. .

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Anticipating the Next Wave of Experience Design

John Hagel

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. 

3 Must-Have Productivity Tools for Creating Visual Content for Social Channels

Beth Kanter

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!

Designing and Implementing MOOCs that Maximize Student Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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?

Become a More Productive, Empathetic, Creative Person With the Help of AI-Based Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite dramatic advances in technology, most of the world’s economies have been stuck in a long period of slow growth and slow productivity. We’ve long been leveraging technology to help increase productivity.

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.

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?

How to Use Design Thinking to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Digital Strategy

Beth Kanter

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?

A product’s experience goes beyond User Experience

Adaptive Path

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

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.

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.

A Conversation with Gina Trapani: On Designing Meaningful Notifications

Adaptive Path

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?

For Creative Leaders, an Engaged Team is No Longer Enough

Adaptive Path

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.

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. 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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

Adaptive Path

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.

Solutions for Tight Cycles of Assessment

Clark Quinn

In workplace performance we produce complex outputs (RFPs, product specs, sales proposals, strategies, etc). When designed well, of course.) Another one that Tom Reeves presented in an article was intriguing. design

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. 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.

Shaping a Generation’s First Experience with Star Wars

Adaptive Path

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.

Google Plus – One50, Two50 and TheRest

Luis Suarez

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

Martijn Linssen

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.

Building an Engaging Community By Gautam Ghosh

Luis Suarez

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. .

A New Tribe: Reflections on the Service Experience Conference 2013

Adaptive Path

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.

Concrete and Contextual

Clark Quinn

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

A complex look at task assignments

Clark Quinn

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.

Grappling with Groups

Clark Quinn

However, in designing learning, working in groups has some real negative perceptions and realities. a response to a question) or actually produce a work product of some sort (a video, presentation, report, etc). design meta-learning social

Alan Cooper: Letting Light into the Forest

Adaptive Path

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.

Making Business Sense of Social Media and Social Networking – Twitter For Business

Luis Suarez

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

FocusOn Learning reflections

Clark Quinn

Mobile was present, happily, and continues to evolve. Of course, it was also about the cost of production and the need for fidelity (video more than animation in both cases). There was some awareness, e.g. fun was made of the idea of presenting powerpoint in VR (just like 2nd Life ;). I did an ecosystem presentation that contextualized all three (video, games, mobile) in the bigger picture, and also drew upon their cognitive and then L&D roles.

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Smart Filtering – On Humanising and Socialising the Web

Luis Suarez

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.

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.

How is the culture of luxury changing?

Ross Dawson

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

Pick my brain?

Clark Quinn

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.

?Beyond “I hate green:” Managing Productive Visual Design Reviews

Adaptive Path

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.

Under the ‘Content’ Cover

Clark Quinn

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.

A learning meta-story

Clark Quinn

In this case, it’s a marketing plan for a new product that has been the focus of most of the organization’s effort. With old products facing receding sales, this product has to succeed. This includes making ‘calls’ (viewing videos of quick messages from the various roles involved including the product manager, the financial officer) to find out the parameters which are in play and to get expert knowledge. design meta-learning