We interrupt your regularly scheduled reading for this commercial announcement:
What is Learning Experience Design (LXD)? Further, why should you care? Finally, (and arguably most important) what does it mean you should do differently? Those, to me, are important questions. My short answer is that LXD is the elegant integration of learning science and engagement. Which, to me, implies some important nuances on top of what’s traditionally done in instructional design (ID). How to address it? There’s actually quite a lot in LXD, but it’s also a lot of overlap with traditional ID practices and processes. I reckon the easiest (and best) way to address it is to talk about the delta. That is, what’s different between the two. So, in my role for Upside Learning, I developed a missing LXD workshop. We ran it internally to good outcomes, and now, you can take it!
I believe that the difference starts with objectives; you can’t make a meaningful experience if you don’t have learners acquiring relevant new skills (not just an information dump). From there, there are nuances on designing individual practice activities, and then aggregated into practices (that is, putting practices together). Moving on, we look at the content elements of models and examples, and then the emotional aspects of learning. The workshop closes by looking at a design process that accommodates these. Recognizing that folks don’t want to throw out their whole process to start anew, it works from a generic model.
In the workshop, I cover each of those topics in a week; so it’s a six week experience. In between, I ask attendees to do some interim processing to both cement their understanding and to change their practices. Each week we’ll cover underlying concepts, see examples of what we’re talking about, actively process the information, and do a major application task.
To make this available more broadly, Upside’s partnered with the Learning Development Accelerator (LDA) to deliver it. Full disclosure: I’m co-director of the LDA, and Chief Learning Strategist for Upside Learning (in addition to my ongoing role for Quinnovation). (So, it’s all about me! :) Seriously, I think this puts together the tools I believe are necessary to lift our industry.
To be clear, since the advance notice timeframe puts this in summer, we’re offering it in Asia time-frames first (tho’ anyone is welcome!):
Australian Eastern Standard Time: July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4 and 11 from 12h00 to 14h00 each day
Singapore Time: July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4 and 11 from 10h00 to 12h00 each day
India Standard Time: July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4 and 11 from 07h30 to 09h30 each day
New York Time: July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3 and 10 from 22h00 to 24h00 each day
We’re offering it for US$100 to LDA members, and US$350 to non-members (for only $40 more, you get the full LDA offerings as well).
We’re planning to offer the missing LXD workshop again at a later date at East Coast/Europe friendly times (probably at a steeper price, we’ll have worked the bugs out ;). You can find out more at the LDA site. It’s got learning science and engagement bundled up into a coherent whole, for those who’ve already been doing ID and want to lift their game. I hope you’ll find it worth your while.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled reading until next week at the usual time.
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