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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.

ROI of Deeper Design for Online Higher Education Programs

We’re moving into a new era of online learning where institutions will need to find ways to create something great in order to successfully compete in the marketplace. Being “great” will mean understanding students’ needs and goals on a deeper level and using the specifics of that knowledge to design learning environments that support and challenge learners. Deeper knowledge of the students and better design translate to investing a little more in the early stages of the process. If an institution uses these insights to boost student enrollment and retention as well as to improve the overall student learning experience, it can see a very real return on its investment.

District Officials Use Data for New Curriculum Resource Strategy

Using the data and insights gathered by Curriculum Insight, district administrators at Coeur d’Alene School District were able to convince their school board to approve the purchase of new curriculum resources for K–12 math. Curriculum Insight’s data will now be used to convince community members to vote in favor of the levy allowing the purchases. If approved, this will be the first curriculum purchases made by the district since 2008 and create a strong step toward achieving a new set of strategic goals. Coeur d’Alene School District now hopes to reuse Curriculum Insight to gather teacher feedback and constantly assess their curriculum resources to ensure standards and students needs are being met.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Social Media in the Classroom

There is a way for professors in higher ed to use these powerful networks not only to enhance the classroom experience, but also to engage students in a way that appeals to both their interests and preferred learning style.

What’s the Buzz?

Learning experience designers use dozens of buzzwords to describe what they do, and our experts decided to come up with some of them just for you.

STEMtastic! The Science of Band Names

As a science editor and a resident of Austin, Texas (Live Music Capital of the World!), I hereby suggest these awesome science terms for double duty as band names. I’ve also tossed in my (sometimes silly) thoughts about the type of band/group that would have each name.

A Day in the Life of a Learning Experience Designer

Say hello to Rebecca Row, our Manager of Learning Experience Design™! Rebecca has a strong background in content development, instructional design, and linguistics that she applies to projects in the K–12 space. We sat down with her to get an insider's perspective on what it’s like to work in such a distinct field.

Using Data to Inform Your Curriculum Budget

During the summer, Six Red Marbles launched the initial phase of its new product, Curriculum Insight™. With Curriculum Insight, teachers can anonymously rate and review curriculum materials in minutes. The data collected helps district administrators transform how they manage their curriculum budget.

The Skinny on #EdChat

The team at USC Rossier School of Education, who run the Twitter handle @USCTeacher, recently pulled together a resource guide for one of the most popular hashtags in education, #EdChat. The Essential #EdChat Resource Guide is a quick and simple guide that provides the ins and outs of how to use #EdChat and what it can do for teachers, students, and education. Are you new to Twitter? This guide shows you how to access past #EdChat discussions.

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