Templates for good

Clark Quinn

In terms of the various ways in which we can support the gaps in our cognition, one of the terms is ‘templates’ And it’s worth discussing what a template is, and considering them at a variety of levels. I want to suggest we should have templates for good.

Templates and tools

Clark Quinn

A colleague who I like and respect recently tweeted: “I can’t be the only L&D person who shudders when I hear the word ‘template'”, and I felt vulnerable because I’ve recently been talking about templates. To be fair, I have a different meaning than most of what’s called a ‘template’, so I thought perhaps I should explain. But they’re not a substitute for good design, and can make it easy to do bad design too.

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eLearning Templates – 20 Resources

Tony Karrer

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts come through eLearning Learning that provide eLearning templates or toolkits or other kinds of interesting resources.

Complexity, design and aesthetics

Dave Snowden

The first this year is coming up shortly in Whistler and will focus on creating a complex systems approach to how we handle design and innovation in large organisations, the role of aesthetics and creativity in human systems. Design News

SharePoint Templates for Academic Departments

Tony Karrer

I have recently been charged to lead a team to assist with the design, look, feel and governance of our existing SP deployment. I work at a University and one of our first task’s is to work on a template that might meet 80% of an Academic Departments needs. I’m wondering in your search if you’ve come across others who may have created a more customized template that better suits the needs of a department vs the out of the box templates that you might be able to share.

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. But just following a template isn’t sufficient. So please, please , start designing in coherence with what we know about how people learn.

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Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises

Charles Jennings

Learning professionals spend a significant amount of their time (maybe even the majority) designing and delivering content and then evaluating completions and short-term memory outputs from structured mandatory and compliance training modules and courses.

Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 5

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I created a page called 'Course Newsletter' and it publishes to course_newsletter.htm For templates I'm using page_header and page_footer. Again, normally I would use a specialized email template to fix this. We launched the course this week and I did a bunch of things to get ready.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 3

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It has the out-of-the-box gRSShopper template and contents. So I need to edit the page_header template to use the course mascot image, and then to create a contents box (I could just put it in the template but I want to be able to reuse it wherever I want).

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A jot of design

Clark Quinn

First, it was an iPad app supporting design. Given that I’m very much about improving design, *and* quite into mobile, this was of interest. Second, I mistakenly thought it came from Michael Allen’s company Allen Interactions, and he’s not only been an early advocate of engaging design, but also he’s a supremely nice guy to complement his smarts. design mobileOrdinarily, I don’t even look at vendor products when offered free trials.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I should put a header and footer template on the page that will contain the styling I need, plus any Javascript libraries. In the previous segment I decided to create a course with modules and sections, and set up the modules. I'll fill out the actual content of those modules over time.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 1

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

For example, instead of creating a course simply by filling in boxes in predefined forms, I can think about the structure and format ahead of time and design it exactly how I want. Anyone with their own gRSShopper instance can import them and use this as a template to create their own course.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 8

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Of course we've done that with the Your Feeds page, but that page is designed for humans. I could use boxes or templates, but I decided to just bake them right into the page, since I'll only ever have one OPML page.

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Learning Experience Design Strategy

Clark Quinn

On our weekly twitter learning fest, #lrnchat , I regularly identify myself as a learning experience design strategist. When you think about creating learning experiences, you are talking about design. You need a design process, tools, and good concepts around learning and engagement. Really, both my book on designing engaging learning experiences, and my forthcoming one on mobile learning, are at core about design. Tags: design strategy

Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?


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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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 9

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Figure 117 - RSS Newsletter page in the Page Editor Some things to note: - I've made the heading pretty generic (I may actually make it a template in the future) by using page variables (such as [*page_crdate*] and site variables ( like st_url ).

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 7

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A simple HTML page that will load the actual 'submit feed' form into an iFrame - this makes it a lot easier to keep this page up to date with template changes 2. [ Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7] OK, I've put on some Cœur de pirate and am set for today's work.

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Quinn-Thalheimer: Tools, ADDIE, and Limitations on Design

Clark Quinn

We decided to continue, and here’s the second in the series, this time trying to look at what might be hindering the opportunity for design to get better. Wouldn’t the Successive Approximation Method be a better formulation to guide design? I will stipulate that ADDIE does tend to send the message that instructional design should take a linear, non-iterative approach. They seem to push us to think wrongly about instructional design. design

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Levels of learning experience design

Clark Quinn

This is the realm of learning experience design. Learning experience design can, and should, operate at several levels. You want a minimalist approach that combines effective cognitive design with engaging emotional design. You want the formal resources to be designed to mesh with the task and provide effective information design. Here we are talking deeper instructional design, information mapping, and aligned social media.

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8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

Beth Kanter

Whether our meeting is useless or valuable depends on how we design, facilitate, and follow up. Meeting design is more than just agenda planning or identifying topics. Often, we get stuck in meeting design ruts where we blindly follow the same template or recipe.

Design a Superhero

Adaptive Path

So I put together a very basic template , and experimented on a few friends. Experiment #1: You are designing the superhero of _travel. In this experiment, I asked a fellow design researcher who loves to travel to help me design the Superhero of Travel. Experiment #2: You are designing the superhero of _ baseball fandom _. For this experiment, I asked someone who’s not in the UX field to help design the Superhero of Baseball Fandom.

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All Social is Learning | Organizational Knowledge Design

Martijn Linssen

Learning Management Suite RFP Template | Catadoc.com - [.] All Social is Learning | Organizational Knowledge Design [.] Tweets that mention All Social is Learning | Organizational Knowledge Design -- Topsy.com - [.]

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Making designing good learning easier

Clark Quinn

It’s a recursive design problem: people need to be able to design better, what training, job aids, tools, and/or social learning can we develop to make this work? Too often, the templates enforce rigor around having the elements, rather than about what makes those elements really work. Then, as first draft content came out, I’d critique it and used that to tune the template, and the understanding amongst the content developers. Tags: design

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Strategy & Design; But Wait, There’s More

Adaptive Path

Strategy and design are two crucial elements when it comes to site design and development. We’ll end the project with a stack of deliverables, often including HTML templates and CSS files, the pieces and parts the client will need to move forward. We’ve put in so much hard work to plan and think and design how the features and elements of the site will work. It shows where the Strategy and Design tasks stop and where Implementation starts.

Social Learning Designer

Tony Karrer

Out of the conversation in Learn Trends around making informal learning concrete, Cammy Bean asked: Cammy Bean: So is there a market for Social Media Instructional Designing Consultants? Jane Hart suggested that we use the term Social Learning Designer to describe the role. Using a common marketing template, I thought it would be a great exercise to have people define our: Buyers Benefits Services Differentiation Here's the template.

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. The same academics that use templates produced by publishers. My experience is that your standard academic simply won't touch this stuff (learning design).

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Microsoft Expression Web Designer

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I downloaded and tested the Expression Web Designer software. Pages are designed using CSS and standard HTML elements. Somebody working the server backend (databases, etc) can very easily set up this product to allow non-technical people to design complex websites. It is (not surprisingly) Microsoft-centric and so wouldn't help me a lot building (say) Drupal sites or Blogger templates (these would be *very* nice modules to add to a program such as this).

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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. Without carefully designed activities, unhappy groups abound.

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eLearning Design and Development Training Course

Tony Karrer

Someone on LinkedIn asked: Can anyone recommend a really good e-learning design/development training course? This is for a colleague who is new to instructional design & development so something that covers the basics at an introductory level would be best. link] RPI An introduction to instructional design and course development and guidance on selecting the right design and development tools.

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Another model for support

Clark Quinn

For each, my role was to lead the design. My role was to develop the initial template that the rest of the content fit. Note that this isn’t a template for tarting it up, but instead a template about what the necessary elements and details around them were to ensure that the elements (e.g. In each case, we created an overall template for the learning, and then detailed what the elements for the template were, and the critical components.

New (Free) E-Book: Leading Systems Change Will Supercharge Your Facilitation Skills

Beth Kanter

But this is more than a simple report on a highly successful leadership program that takes a systems approach to serving an underserved community, it is the authors playbook of how to design and implement a program, including facilitation recipes for designing meetings.

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?

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. That’s why we create external tools like checklists and templates to support good design. Instead, we could be using checklists or templates to ensure we get the right elements. design

How To Create A Terrific Facebook Cover Image If You Don’t Have Resources To Hire A Designer

Beth Kanter

And, you need to think about the cover image design in the context of your overall content strategy. But what if you don’t have the resources to hire a graphic designer and need to do it in-house? Cover Photo Template. Full Mock-Up Template.

Tools for LXD?

Clark Quinn

How do you use external resources to keep your design on track? Our cognitive architecture is designed to do this; to help us adapt to the first-level world we evolved in. And, in particular, for design. You might be using templates for good design.

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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

Shiny objects and real impact

Clark Quinn

Yesterday I went off about how learning design should be done right and it’s not easy. The analogy here is that using all the fancy capabilities: tarted up templates for simple questions, 3D virtual worlds, even adaptive learning, might not be needed if we did better learning design! And, as a corollary, if you don’t get the design right, it doesn’t matter how you implement it. design

How Not to Adopt an LCMS


Unwillingness to standardize your output templates. Hand-crafted content takes time, but the reality is that most learning content can be templated. It’s very difficult to sit down and design the perfect solution in a vacuum.

Aligning with us

Clark Quinn

Instead, we see rapid elearning tools and templates that tart-up quiz questions. We’re really running organizations that aren’t designed for humans. design meta-learning social strategy

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "Did You Know 2.0" (shifthappens)

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « 8 Random Facts Meme (via Karyn Romeis) | Main | Random Surrealism Generator » August 03, 2007 "Did You Know 2.0" (shifthappens) MUST SEE video from shifthappens. Why must see?

Some new elearning companies ;)

Clark Quinn

Their signature offering is a suite of templates for your elearning featuring cooperative play. design mobile social technologyAs I continue to track what’s happening, I get the opportunity to review a wide number of products and services. While tracking them all would be a full-time job, occasionally some offer new ideas.


Clark Quinn

The topic is interesting to me, because like with Design Thinking , it seems like well-known practices with a new branding. As context, during grad school I was in a research group focused on user-centered system design , which included design, processes, and more. What was current at the time were iterative, situated, collaborative, and participatory design processes, so I was pretty familiar with the principles and a fan. design strategy

A Competent Competency Process

Clark Quinn

In the process of looking at ways to improve the design of courses, the starting point is good objectives. As Van Merriënboer’s 4 Component Instructional Design talks about, we need to separate out the knowledge from the complex problems we apply it to. This is very much aligned with an activity-based learning model , whereby you immediately design the activities that align with the competencies before you decide the content. design strategy