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Learning Experience Design – New Paradigm for Teaching and Learning

Education isn’t always about what to teach and how to teach. It’s more about what to learn and how to learn.

Education is not something entirely new or fresh to any of us. Even though you are not working in an education domain related areas in your professional life, it’s something we all have in common. It’s something that we have been doing since the childhood and intend to pursue also.

Majority of us are convinced by the fact that Education and Teaching are two peas in a pod. What if I told you that education is not always about Teaching and it’s rather about Learning to Learn.

Why Traditional Instructional Design is going out of fashion?

Real learning doesn’t only happen through instruction. Many advance researches are consistently showing that real learning doesn’t only happen through instruction but through experiences also.

A new era has been ushered into modern way of learning

What do you mostly remember? Is it the way you have been taught or is it the way you learned something? I personally believe it’s the way or how you learned. Everything we learn comes from experiences. It doesn’t necessarily have to take place in school or the classroom. It can occur at your working place, your home any anywhere else in the word. But the experience does matter. That’s how we learn to learn and that’s is what the whole Learning Experience Design is about.

What is Learning Experience Design (LXD) ?

LXD brings two accustomed concepts together. It’s User Experience combines with Instructional Learning and brings those together in order to provide learners with the best learning experiences not purely from the learning point of view but also from the user experience point of view.

It’s an education process that treats learners as the center in order to make their learning more efficient, effective and a delightful experience. LXD puts more emphasis on the learning experience of the learners where as the instructional leaning puts more emphasis on the instructions.

Learning Experience Design is the process of creating learning experiences that enable the learner to achieve the desired learning outcome in a human centered and goal oriented way
-Niels Floor-

Learning Experience Design cycle

1. Discover: Understand the learners and assess their needs.
2. Define: Obtain insights and define the program.
3. Curate: Select relevant content.
4. Develop: Develop and refine the learning experience solution through testing and feedback.
5. Learn: Deliver the course and gather feedback from learners.
6. Evolve: Iterate the course as necessary.

Recap and reflection

Educators should move beyond of “How to teach this concept” into “What is the most suitable way for my student to learn and understand this concept”

They should create an environment that makes learning relatively easy for student by understanding “What my students know”, “How they think” and finally to “find a suitable way to make them learn”. You can always get feedback on how student reacts to the experiences and try out new things for them to learn.

Read more and references

  • Baumann, B. (2018). The Modern Learner and Learning Experience Design. Training Industry. Retrieved from https://trainingindustry.com/articles/content-development/the-modern-learner-and-learning-experience-design/
  • Salas, A. (2018). Learning Experience Design: The Last Days of Instructional Design. Linkedin. Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/learning-experience-design-last-days-instructional-salas-cplp/
  • Tawes, B. (2020). The sun has risen on Learning Experience Design. Association for Talent Development. Retrieved from https://www.td.org/insights/the-sun-has-risen-on-learning-experience-design

This article appeared in Medium and has been published here with permission. 

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