tips and tricks for awesome learning design

Reducing cognitive load

Reducing cognitive load

  You will know this: if someone asks you to remember, say, a shopping list, you can hold onto several items in your head, perhaps as many as nine if you’re good at it. You may be doing quite...

3 tips for working with SMEs

3 tips for working with SMEs

  As Learning Designers, our role is not to be the content expert - it’s to ensure the overall learning experience is engaging, inclusive and focused on the learning outcomes. The content...

Supporting dyspraxic learners with learning design

Supporting dyspraxic learners with learning design

  We are trying harder than you can imagine,’ says dyspraxic teacher Kerry Pace (2015). She suggests that we – non-dyspraxics – might think about how we feel when we’re exhausted: the things we...

The role of personas in learning design

The role of personas in learning design

What are learner personas? Learner personas provide a practical way for us learning designers to focus our empathy. But why do we need to do this? The reason is to help us determine the difficulty...

Anticipating dyslexia benefits all learners

Anticipating dyslexia benefits all learners

The UK government spends a great deal on supporting dyslexic students in HE – and they almost certainly get value back on that money in the workplace. At the same time, many dyslexic students go...

Are you a hidden learning designer?

Are you a hidden learning designer?

The arrival of the New Year usually brings a moment of reflection, where we ask ourselves ‘am I happy in my job? Can I spend another 12 months doing the same thing? What is the meaning of life? If...

Learning to experiment: here be dragons

Learning to experiment: here be dragons

As they plan a session, good learning designers ask themselves: What do students have to know to make this lesson work? But what students have already been taught or already know in their subject...

Designing for autistic learners

Designing for autistic learners

 Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general. Who can say what form of wiring will prove best at any given moment? Cybernetics and computer...

Tackling procrastination with learning design

Tackling procrastination with learning design

  Piers Steel is an expert in procrastination at the University of Calgary. In an interview on the BBC's One to One programme, Steel comments that by tracing our social media activity,...

Design learning for accountability

Design learning for accountability

Learning anything is an effort. As learning designers, we have to convince learners that it's worth them making the effort to learn. One way of doing this is to design activities that require...

Cognitive constructivism

Cognitive constructivism

In a previous post, we proposed that learning theories are key tools in every learning designer's toolbox.  There are many different theories that attempt to explain how learning happens, and no...

Learning theories are design tools

Learning theories are design tools

Learning theories are tools. A surgeon has tools, a builder has tools. And theories are some of the most powerful tools a learning designer can use to build learning experiences. Different learning...

How to do speed networking on Zoom

How to do speed networking on Zoom

Why is speed networking on Zoom useful? One of the biggest things we've lost through the move to online working is the ability to socialise. This is not good for two reasons: a great deal of...

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