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.

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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The Pull of Narrative – In Search of Persistent Context

John Hagel

  In an even more fine-grained way, experiences can be designed and used to support narratives as well.    We also seek meaning, purpose and identity on an individual level – something that narratives, and little else, are exquisitely designed to provide. We live in a world of ever more change and choice , a world where we have far more opportunity than ever to achieve our potential. That kind of world is enormously exciting, and full of options.

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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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UX Week 2014 Keynote Josh Clark on the Future of Digital Product Design

Adaptive Path

Josh is the author of the book Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps, and frequently gives workshops and talks at conferences around the world. In this interview, Josh and I talk about the current trends in digital product design, and where those trends might be heading.

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 are on the cusp of another major shift in the focus of experience design, one that moves far beyond the impact of individual products and services. The design challenge becomes how to design experiences that maximize flow.

[liveblog][act-tiac] A federal portal in the age of search?

David Weinberger

“In a world where everyone can search and has apps, is a web portal relevant?,” Now people arrive through search. It’s designed to integrate with other agency content. Someone has a general idea, but not informed enough to search. Sarah Crane , Dir., Federal Citizen Information Center, GSA., is going to talk about ” she asks. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information.

Design for Search

Tony Karrer

Most of our activity is looking up information, so the most common use case is search, evaluate, keep, organize. The rest search and get straight there. Interesting post by Donald Clark that points to a BCC article - Web users 'getting more selfish'. The article is a bit over the top in terms of headline, but it's main point is: people are becoming much less patient when they go online.

Figuring Out Content Strategy

Adaptive Path

The biggest change in my understanding of design after joining Capital One, by far, is how I understand the importance and nature of content strategy in my design work. Design Research. Mixing in with Design.

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

Bob Sutton

Search. Design school project teaches bike safety - The Stanford Daily Online. Rakesh Khurana: Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs. Tim Brown: Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. Bill Moggridge: Designing Interactions. Rakesh Khurana: Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs. Bob Sutton.

[internet librarian] Search tools

David Weinberger

Gary Price from Infodocket is moderating a panel on what’s new in search. The first speaker is from , which he says “is thought of as the third search engine” in the US market. ” When you search for “kate spade” you get authenticated Kate Spade fashion stuff. describes itself on its site as “Natural Language Processing Tools and Customizable Knowledge Bases for Semantic Search and Discovery Applications.”

Search Pidgin

David Weinberger

Search engines are easier because they have already trained us how to talk to them. We eventually learn that quoting a phrase searches for exactly that phrase. ’&# is way worse than “Moby-Dick harpoonist’ &# I have no idea what the curve of query sophistication looks like, but most of us have been trained to one degree or another by the search engines who are our masters and our betters.

Designing E.T.’s Experience: Interview with UX Week Speaker Doug Vakoch of SETI Institute

Adaptive Path

At UX Week this September we’ll talk to the person who can answer this question and help us consider how solving this far-out problem can help us design and communicate better with our users here on earth. In our conversation, Doug lays out the design principles for communication with E.T.,

In Defense of Data Centrism

Martijn Linssen

Home About Complexity Reading List Knowledge Management Reading List In Defense of Data Centrism John 0 comments Education System Dec 23 In the never ending search to know “what works,” we have a few choices.

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Benchmarking Online Learning

Jay Cross

73% web search. Design Increasing profitability Making sound decisionsFascinating data. WHAT KEEPS WORKERS FROM LEARNING ONLINE? 63% lack of time for self-study. 40% can’t find what they need. 41% find current online learning not relevant to their need.

Top Ten Subliminal Searches

Tony Karrer

As I mentioned before more than half of the traffic to my blog comes from search engines. What's sometimes fun to do is take a look at various search terms that people use to find my blog. This morning I had a really good chuckle because I saw that the search: top 10 reasons not to do your homework Put me in position number 2 on Google (at least on the servers in the US that I used). Or if there's some hidden meaning that I somehow get found for these searches.


Supporting our Brains

Clark Quinn

One of the ways I’ve been thinking about the role mobile can play in design is thinking about how our brains work, and don’t. And to me, these are principles for design: So, for instance, our senses capture incoming signals in a sensory store. design meta-learning mobile

Bring back the old Google Image search

Doc Searls

I hate the new Google Image search. There are also more options on the search results page. My advice: keep the new layout on the results page, but go back to the old design on links from each result. I used the old one constantly and understood it well, because there wasn’t much to understand. You clicked on an image, and it went to a page with two frames. The one above gave a route to the original image, and the one below was the whole page the image was on.

Photographic memories

Jay Cross

A delightful nostalgic post by Paul Simbeck-Hampson this morning led me on a search of my Flickr photos. Design HistoryWhen was it that Paul, Harold, and I spent a zany day shooting video in Berlin? I couldn’t find it. (I

Google Brings SMS Search to Ghana and Nigeria

Adaptive Path

Yesterday Google announced a test launch of SMS search in Nigeria and Ghana. In places like Africa where the prevalence of mobile phones far outstrips access to the Internet via a PC, services like Google’s SMS search makes a lot of sense. Looking forward to hearing more about this as it gets released throughout the African continent… Tags: Emerging Markets Service Design Interaction Design Mobile

CERTainly room for improvement

Clark Quinn

So one of the things you’re supposed to do in conducting search and rescue is to go from building to building assessing damage and looking for people to help. And one of the useful things to do is to mark the status of the search and the outcomes, so no one wastes effort on an already explored building. Note that the US standard set by FEMA doesn’t correspond to the international standard from the International Search & Rescue Advisory Group, interestingly).

Constructive vs instructive

Clark Quinn

Obviously, I think that pure exploration is doomed to failure, as we know that learners can stay in one small corner of a search space without support (hence the coaching in Quest ). In this case, I’m moving the design to more and more “here’s a goal, here’re some resources” type of approach where the goal is to generate a work-related integration (requiring relevant cognitive processing). design

Reconciling Formal and Informal

Clark Quinn

And L&D knows formal learning (all too well), they know how to design and develop courses (or think they do; there’s a lot of bad stuff being produced under the rubric ‘course’ that’s a waste of time and money, but that’s another topic). design social

Cognitive prostheses

Clark Quinn

And it led me to think about the ways in which we support these limitations, as they have implications for designing solutions for our organizations. But external sources like the ability to look up or search for information is far better than trying to get it in the head. design mobile strategy technology While our cognitive architecture has incredible capabilities (how else could we come up with advances such as Mystery Science Theater 3000?), it also has limitations.

Learning Analytics: Big Data Applied to Training, Teaching, and Learning

Beth Kanter

It also creates a resource called the Horizon Navigator an online, open-content database of free research on emerging technologies, is a dynamic social media platform overlying an innovative set of intelligent search tools and a comprehensive collection of resources.

Other writings

Clark Quinn

My blog posts are pretty regular (my aim is 2/week), but tend to have ideas that are embryonic or a bit ‘evangelical’ First, I’ve written four books; you can check them out and get sample chapters at their respective sites: Engaging Learning: Designing e-Learning Simulation Games. Designing mLearning: Tapping Into the Mobile Revolution for Organizational Performance. They’re designed to be the definitive word on the topic, at least at the moment.

Transformative Experience Design

Clark Quinn

training department rethinks to managers, directors, VPs; experience design reviews/refines to learning teams), my thoughts on learning experience design took a leap. However, the takeaway is that ritual is hard to design, most artificial attempts fail miserably. Both a search on transformation and a twitter response brought that element to the surface. The other element that the search found was spirituality (not just religious). Tags: design

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

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Alternative and Activist Search Engines

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Video Killed the Radio Star but What About the Instructional Designer? wisdom » June 22, 2007 Alternative and Activist Search Engines So a post here lays out what it would be like to live for a day without using Google for searching. The value is that it lists 100+ alternative search engines that you may not even be aware of.

Reimagining Learning

Clark Quinn

And start getting more concrete about learning experience design. What goes into activity design is a whole separate area. And learning experience design may well play a role beneath this level. design meta-learning social strategy technology

This Wednesday: Beyond the Desktop Panel Discussion

Adaptive Path

He cited Google Voice Search on the iPhone, an application that combines both voice and sensor input, as an important technology to watch. Jennifer Bove , a Principal at Kicker Studio , will share her perspective and expertise in designing products with gestural interfaces.

[liveblog] Judith Donath on designing for sociality (“Social Machines”)

David Weinberger

I read it this weekend and it is a rich work that explores the ways in which good design can improve our online sociality. Judith begins by saying that the theme of the book is the importance of online social interaction and designing for it. She uses a Mark Twain story [" Was the World Made for Man? "] about an oyster’s point of view to remind us that online design isn’t really all that evolved. She came back from Japan trying to design a more useful display.

Agile eLearning - 27 Great Articles

Tony Karrer

I found some amazing resources using eLearning Learning and via search: What Agile Means to Me - ID Reflections ADDIE isn't Dead; it's just more Agile - Integrated Learnings The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Of Project Spaces & Project Managers - The Learning Generalist Agile instructional design - Jay Cross's Informal Learning Agility and Autonomy - Learning and Working on the Web Designing for Agile Learning - Big Dog, Little Dog No time for design?

Ten Weeks, Ten Ideas: Internship Edition

Adaptive Path

Last December we started searching for interns hungry to get a taste of life in a design firm. We’re so glad to have gotten 10 weeks with you Jasper and we’ll be watching your city-hopping exploration of design! 3.There is no Ballmer Peak for design.

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Learning in the workplace

Harold Jarche

At Pixar, east of San Francisco, [Steve] Jobs oversaw the design of the new building. Search the Social Web using search engines (solve problems). Put together resources on how to search. You may be surprised how few people know how to search effectively.

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Performance Support isn’t (or shouldn’t be) cheap either!

Clark Quinn

First, there’s a lot that goes into good job aid design. It was graphically designed appropriately, with spacing and color, and informationally designed but not usably designed. And that’s the point, there are nuances to usable design that you shouldn’t assume you can wing, so it takes time and skills to get it right. You need to do the right analysis, right information design, graphic design, and usability design.

[liveblog] metaLab

David Weinberger

Harvard metaLab is giving an informal Berkman Klein talk about their work on designing for ethical AI. Jeffrey Schnapp introduces metaLab as “an idea foundry, a knowledge-design lab, and a production studio experimenting in the networked arts and humanities.” They’ve come up with a UI that has three elements: traditional search, a visualization, and a list of the results. They’ve been grappling with the ethics of putting forward new search algorithms.

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Report from Denmark: Designing the new public library at Aarhus, and the People’s Lab

David Weinberger

” Knud shows a photo of children doing searches by interacting with blocks on the floor. Also rapid prototyping, with inspiration from design thinking (as per IDEO). 1) You’re designers, but it’s about designing the interaction. (2) Q: Design is crucial.

Interview with Margret Schmidt, VP of User Experience Design and Research at TiVo (Part 1)

Adaptive Path

Her extensive experience heading up design at TiVo has given her a deep understanding of what it takes to deliver a great experience in a high technology product. At TiVo, we were fortunate that the team that designed the very first TiVo DVR realized they were making something revolutionary, and they wanted the interface to reflect that. Back in 1998 they created a list of mantras that they kept in mind during design. The same collaboration happens with design.

Un-Sucking the Touchpoint

Adaptive Path

So I took this to mean that I went beyond the jargon by framing it as a proper part of our design vocabulary. The touchpoint has been around for a long while, particularly in thinking about brand marketing and service design. I want to design to support that moment in time.