August 1 & 2 • 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM PT
Learning experience design has been described as the elegant integration of learning science and engagement, but how do you do that? How do you balance both elements without creating the learning equivalent of chocolate-covered broccoli or fiber-rich candy? We need to do better, but instead too often we see simple solutions—points, clicks, fancy images or flashy videos, etc.—that don’t actually lead to improved outcomes. The ideal is experiences that are effective and engaging. Can we do that reliably and repeatedly?
Drawing upon work from games, theater and film, writing, live-action role-playing, emotion, curiosity, and surprise, we'll identify synergy between the elements of effective practice and engaging experiences. This alignment provides the guidance necessary to tell us we can create experiences that deliver ‘hard fun’. Then we need to figure out how.
During this two-day online experience, we'll work our way through a generic design process enhanced with the necessary tweaks to take our learning design from instructional to transformational. Along the way, we’ll explore the necessary starting point (and how to get there), cover how to work effectively with SMEs to get what we need from them, document how 'systematic creativity' isn’t an oxymoron, unpack the specific criteria for the critical learning elements (intro, models, examples, practice, and closing), and consider how to test our work as we go. We’ll explore everything from the initial motivating hook to the final emotional closure, aligned with science the whole way.
The goal of this workshop is to focus on the minimum tweaks to your process that will give you the biggest impact. Learning science and engagement together create a whole greater than the sum of the parts—we can, should, and will capitalize on that prospect!
In this workshop you will learn:
The essential alignment between effective education and engaging experiences
The information-gathering additions needed for LXD
How to leverage engagement techniques to improve learning
A design process that integrates learning science with engagement