April 2015

Five Ways You Can Improve Learning Experience Now

Good design is good business. And Learning Experience Design practices can help organizations, administrators and other stakeholders in the education space to succeed in the highly competitive (and often lucrative) K–12, higher education and workplace development marketplaces.

The Importance of Learning Experience Design for Higher Education

In 1972, approximately 25% of all 18- to 24-year-olds were enrolled in a postsecondary, degree-granting institution in the United States, such as a college or trade school. Forty years later, that figure had soared to nearly 41% and shows no sign of slipping anytime soon. Even more remarkable, this data doesn’t include students pursuing competency-based education (CBE) or MOOCs.

Learning Experience Design vs. User Experience: Moving From “User” to “Learner”

Smashing Magazine’s 2010 overview of User Experience Design (UX) succinctly captures the spirit of the early web: “We built [user] interaction based on what we thought worked . . . with little to no thought of how the people who would use the website would feel about it.” Times have changed, thankfully, and many modern websites provide users with delightful experiences that exceed their expectations.