Translational research?

Clark Quinn

So, one of the things that a few people do is translate research to practice. They’re also practitioners, designing or consulting on solutions, but they can read research in untranslated academese and make sense of it. The post Translational research?

Research and Evidence

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

His part of the world is the dual environments of Athabasca University and the University of Texas at Arlington, and he is attempting to put together major research efforts around MOOCs and learning analytics. Hype and rhetoric, not research, were the driving forces behind MOOCs, he argued.

Design, value & constraint

Dave Snowden

In Whistler earlier in the year we looked at the wider question of design and moved on in Tasmania to examine design in the context of resilience. In the final retreat of the year we continue the theme of design but this time with a wider focus on value.

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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 a game

Clark Quinn

He knew that I had designed games before returning to grad school, and had subsequently done one on my thesis research. I taught my interface design students HyperCard, to have a simple language to prototype in. The post Designing a game appeared first on Learnlets.

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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.

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Researching open online courses

George Siemens

One area that I haven’t devoted much attention to is that of distributed online research networks. Most people in higher education participate in research networks – even if the network is merely a means of connecting researchers in different locations, with each running their own labs and research programs. While hardly novel, we are developing a distributed online research program around upcoming (massive) open online courses (MOOCs).

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LINK Research Lab: Fall Speaker Series

George Siemens

At LINK Research Lab, we have a full slate of speakers for fall, including topics on distributed learning, synchronous instruction, success for under represented students, learning analytics, engagement, design based research, openness, flipped classrooms, health and the built environment, mentorship, and wonder.

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. I have also seen research findings act as a disruptor, allowing people and organizations to think outside the confines of their departments, roles, and day-to-day tasks. Tags: User Research

Digital Learning Research Network Conference 2016

George Siemens

As part of the Digital Learning Research Network, we held our first conference at Stanford last year. The framework of changes can’t be understood through traditional research methods. The research methods and approaches furnish it. This year we are outfitting it through more traditional research methods. Using Learning Analytics to Design Tools for Supporting Academic Success in Higher Education

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. Design Leaders UX Week

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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.

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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. When I did the original research on this by sources were Simon (1969), Rowe (1987 & Buchanan (1992) along with several conversations and conferences.

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. The Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center is compiling research to provide guidance about learning if you want a fuller scientific treatment. Look, if you’re going to do design, do it right. design

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Narrative research

Dave Snowden

There are still a few places on the narrative research seminar coming up in Amsterdam next week. We keep these small as they are designed to understand the theory of the approach, and also to engage in design of advanced applications. This one is being hosted by one of our experienced practitioners, Jochum (who co-authored an article with me on narrative) so there will be a change to see some of their projects as well. Discounts for any existing network member.

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

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New Pew Research Report: The Future of Digital Life and Well-Being

Beth Kanter

The Pew Research Center has released a research report called “ The Future of Digital Life and Well-Being.” Pew Research Center recently released the full collection of anecdotes and stories shared by experts about their personal experiences with digital life.

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.

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Educational Game Design Q&A

Clark Quinn

I was contacted for a research project, and asked a series of questions. How many years have you been designing educational games? Started with my first job out of college, designing and programming educational computer games. Game design is a team sport. design games

eLearning Research

Tony Karrer

We have: Will Thalheimer, Work Learning Research Kevin Oakes, I4CP Claire Schooley, Forrester Chris Howard, Bersin Kevin Martin, Aberdeen Biggest trend is Learning 2.0 Statistics from ASTD research - 86% - web 2.0 Best in class - training organization design. What does research show? Some debate, but no research on this yet. At a panel at DevLearn.

Vehicle Automation - a Very Important Priority for AI Research

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Toyota, for example, recently established the Toyota Research Institute to pursue the development of what it calls guardian angel automation technologies, where the driver is always in control until a crash looms, at which point the automation system fully takes over to try to prevent the accident.

Design Readings

Clark Quinn

Another book on design crossed my radar when I was at a retreat and in the stack of one of the other guests was Julie Dirksen’s book Design for How People Learn and Susan Weinschenk’s 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People. Dr. Weinschenk’s book systematically goes through categories of important design considerations: How People See. This includes much of the research I talk about when I discuss deeper Instructional Design, and more.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 6

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Ethics I've just finished sending off the ethics review board (REB) documents for research ethics review. This is something I should have done in August, not October, and something that was done in all our previous MOOCs, but by someone else more competent than me.

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[siu] Panel: Capturing the research lifecycle

David Weinberger

” It starts with design. He points to Zenodo , a respository for research outputs. Open source communities are better at collaborating than most academic research communities are. Publiscize helps researchers translate their work into terms that a broader audience can understand. It’s the first panel of the morning at Shaking It Up. Six men from six companies give brief overviews of their products. The session is led by Courtney Soderberg from the.

Disruptive Educational Research Conference in India

Jay Cross

Learning, Net Pedagogy, Learning “Design” in a 2.0 Next month at this time, I’ll be boarding a plane for Delhi. In the sixties I dreamed of visiting India but never made it. Finally fulfilling the dream has me totally jazzed.

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.

UX Intensive Amsterdam 2012: Research Day Snapshot

Adaptive Path

Continuing our coverage of UX Intensive Amsterdam, day two featured Design Research (see Day 1: Design Strategy here ) taught by Paula Wellings. Exercises included field research using methods learned throughout the day.

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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A Glimpse at the Emerging Trends of Service Design

Adaptive Path

What are the big trends in service management that service designers need to know? Why should people be interested in service experience and design? These are things they should be aware of and can take advantage of as designers and service managers.

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[dplafest] Advanced Research and the DPLA

David Weinberger

Rather than liveblogging in this blog, I contributed to the collaboratively-written Google Doc designated for the session notes. I’m at a DPLAfest session. Jean Bauer (Digital Humanities Librarian, Brown U.), Jim Egan (English Prof, Brown), Kathryn Shaughnessy (Assoc. Prof, University Libraries, St. John’s U), and David Smth (Ass’t Prof CS, Northeastern).

Design principles in DSS software

Dave Snowden

the next generation of Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning system for Singapore and as one of the main designers of 1.0 People need to be modelled in the design as identities (the human equivalent of objects).

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.

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Design thinking & complexity pt 2

Dave Snowden

For the moment I want to look at some of the implications for design thinking, reinterpreted through a complexity lens; shifting from a linear process to a non-linear dynamic. Mind-Body cartesian dualism, Newtonian Physics and many other assumptions underpin the dominant ways of thinking in western society (and elsewhere) and as commonly understood design thinking does not avoid the trap; namely asking the wrong questions. So what does this mean for design?

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs

Beth Kanter

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs. This question was one of many in a recently released research study commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on the occasion of its 50 th anniversary. Guest Post Philanthropy Research Studies

Healthy and Productive Nonprofit Meetings: What Does the Research Say?

Beth Kanter

That’s why we included a module in the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders peer learning group on meeting design and facilitation – and these days it is an important leadership skill. In preparation, I’ve been studying the research and best practices for productive meetings.

Evidence-based Design

Clark Quinn

In my last post , I asserted that we need evidence-based design for what we do. There are several good books out (and I believer that there is at least one more on the way) that summarize the implications of research design. Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn is another good one. Michael Allen’s work on design is also recommended, e.g. Guide to eLearning. A number of people run workshops on deeper design. design

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Researchers develop ‘smart’ touch-responsive internet-enabled newspaper

Ross Dawson

The research project is called Interactive Newspaper , which says: Interactive paper is a type of “smart” paper. This could be designed to advertise and illustrate articles read aloud at the push of embedded buttons around the edge of the poster.

UX Intensive Amsterdam 2012: Research Day Snapshot

Adaptive Path

Continuing our coverage of UX Intensive Amsterdam, day two featured Design Research (see Day 1: Design Strategy here ) taught by Paula Wellings. Exercises included field research using methods learned throughout the day.

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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UX Week Keynote Speaker Ken Jennings on Maps and Design

Adaptive Path

In this interview, I talk with Ken about the connections between the ideas in his book and the concerns of designers, and get a preview of what he’ll be talking about in his keynote at UX Week 2014 in San Francisco this September.

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Interface Design for Learning Review

Clark Quinn

in a research group that was hot into HCI at the time, and my first faculty position was to teach User Experience. This book is very valuable not just for interface designers doing learning solutions, but also for IDs and developers who end up having to design. The second chapter on how we learn is a great whirlwind tour of learning, well grounded in research and setting up the background for those who’s background isn’t learning. design

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Six habits for visual designers new to UX design.

Adaptive Path

I haven’t noticed much basic guidance for visual designers new to the UX world. Often these are positions designing for singular needs. As your files grow, fast design iteration can spin them out of control, especially on large projects. Being that UX design is by definition user-centric, it’s critical for visual practitioners to empathize with users. Siloing yourself strictly to visual design is too isolating. Participate in research.

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Design a Superhero

Adaptive Path

Reason #1,033 why user research is so fascinating: people say some crazy things. On a recent research trip, an interviewee happened to use the term “weapons.&# The interviewee’s answer was surprising and funny in that way that research anecdotes often are. I found myself wondering, can we use superheros and secret weapons as a research tool? Experiment #1: You are designing the superhero of _travel.

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