Editor’s note: This is a useful analysis of designing for emotions (rather than cognition, which has been the focus of much learning design). The author, Donald Clark, pulls on the work of design and user experience expert Don Norman and shows how L&D can use emotion in learning design.
Editor’s note: Here are some very useful posters on designing for accessibilty from the UK government’s Home Office. A number of access requirements are covered here and the posters are a great example of how to share information in a simple, graphic way.
Editor’s note: Historically, L&D teams have focused heavily on content and the creation of resources and programmes to meet a business – or learning – need. But what of context? Without understanding an employee’s context it is very hard for content to do its job. Here are some tips on understanding context.
Editor’s note: Getting slide design right to effectively tell a story or get you message across is not just an elearning challenge, it is a communication challenge for all of us. And it is likely to be more of a challenge as slides can be a useful way of sharing information in virtual environments. There are some good tips here on how to simplify slide design.
Editor’s note: These design trends, such as voice and interactive storytelling, will impact on learning design at some point. An interesting list of trends outside of L&D that will impact on L&D . . .
Editor’s note: Don Norman, author of the Design of Everyday Things and Emotional Design and a former vice president at Apple, says that we need to be thinking about designing for older people, especially now that people are living longer. Are you using inclusive design in your learning interventions?
Editor’s note: Donald Clark has very usefully curated a range of practical, and research-based, articles on learning design. From using video to evaluation, there’s a load of useful information here.
Editor’s note: In their quest to find better ways to do things, employees will be applying workarounds to tools and software and learning interventions. Understanding these workarounds can help tweak products to make them more useful and feel more valuable.
Editor’s note: This is a compelling argument – that technological innovation is designing out human interaction. Agree?
Editor’s note: Design and usability expert Don Norman gets to the herat of how technology can help humans perform better. To quote: “The proper way to design is to start off understanding the task that needs to be accomplished, structure the design of the tools to build upon human needs and capabilities, then construct technology that compensates for our weaknesses.” Are you listening learning technology vendors?
Editor’s note: Fascinating insights into designing a learning experience through an app – in this case Primer, a mobile app that helps people learn digital marketing concepts in 5 minutes or less.
Editor’s note: Look at point three. If these trends are the shape of things to come, all learning tech will need to be incredibly well designed.
Editor’s note: Some great insights here on how to use hooks to get users interested in your digital products.
Editor’s note: It’s worth remembering these ideas – how well have they been adopted in online learning?
Thanks to @burrough for recommending this wonderful deck on user experience. What are we really…