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What is Learning Design?
Simply put, it is the design of a learning experience. The purpose may be to support an articulated learning objective or intention or to address an expressed or defined challenge or problem in the learning environment. At its core is a consideration of the actions that learners may take in order to learn and design decisions are based on current knowledge about how people learn. Like all design processes, it is not linear, it is messy and involves trying things out, seeing what works, making alterations, and re-working. A key component is feedback and dialogue at every step in the process. Coming up with ways to represent the design ideas (or skeleton frameworks for discussion) are essential to the conversation. A good learning design is flexible, re-usable and adaptable to a variety of learning preferences. See Cross and Conole's (2009) Learn About Learning Design.
Contributions to the field include:
- Conole, G. (2015) 7 C's of Learning Design: a new approach to re-thinking design practice. Conference proceedings.
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