Learning Environment Design Processes
Designing A Learning Environment: The process of shaping the learning landscape
The learning environment design framework provides would-be learning gardeners with the tools needed to create rich environments for learning. And just like a gardener has a process to follow to cultivate a picture-perfect patch of earth, so an L&D professional can engage a flexible learning environment design process to support deep learning. Some gardening projects call for quick purchase and planting, and are not all that complicated. Some projects are botanical gardens with large array of plantings, many hands to do the work, and a rich experience for those who enter. Learning projects are like that, too. While the same general processes apply, some are down-and-dirty, and some are rich and robust.
~ From Section 6, Learning Environments by Design
Every creative product is produced through a process that involves exploring the situation, imagining the possibilities, and putting together the envisioned end product. For learning environment design, an organic process seems most appropriate. The iterative processes include envisioning, finding, curating, assembling, and cultivating, and they all center on an overarching purpose focused on specific business goals and performance context.
Here are some resources that delve deeper into the processes of learning environment design.
- Envisioning is primarily a process of assessment and goal setting. Resources for needs assessment can be found on the Determining the need for a learning environment page.
- Learning Environment Design Blueprint Template. (PowerPoint)
- Crap Detection Mini Course – Howard Rheingold (multimedia resources)
- The Curator’s Filters – Catherine Lombardozzi (Learning Journal Blog)
- 5 Simple Steps to Becoming a Content Curation Rockstar © 2011 by Curata, Inc. Download from www.curata.com / Resources
Resources from David Kelly, eLearning Guild events manager and frequently featured speaker on the topic of curation in L&D:
- Curation: A core competency for learning professionals – David Kelly (Learning Circuits Blog)
- Curation: Beyond the Buzzword. – David Kelly’s curated post from TechKnowledge 2013
Additional blog posts:
- Curator: Another hat to wear – Catherine Lombardozzi (Learning Journal Blog)
- Trainer as Curator – Clive Shepherd (T+D Archives, ASTD membership needed to access)
- Curation Nation: Why the future of content is context. By Steven Rosenbaum (McGraw Hill, 2011). On Amazon here.
- Interface Design for Learning: Design strategies for learning experiences. By Dorian Peters (New Riders, 2013). On Amazon here.
- Research on interface design compiled by Dorian Peters on Mandeley, here.
- Thought Leaders Webinar: Interface Design for Learning with Dorian Peters (eLearning Guild Membership required)
Cultivating often involves building communities. For advice on that subject, see:
- Buzzing Communities: How to build bigger, better and more active online communities. By Richard Millington (FeverBee 2012) On Amazon here. Website resources here.
- Cultivating Communities of Practice. By Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder. (Harvard Business School Press, 2002) On Amazon here.
And additional advice here:
- How to build an internal social network that your company loves, by Chris Dannen on Fast Company (2009)
- Jean Lave, Etienne Wenger and Communities of Practice, on Infed
- Communities of Practice: A Brief Introduction and additional resources from Wenger-Trayner
- Communities of Practice Series by Nancy White and Darren Sidnick of Full Circle Associates (first post contains links to all 10 posts in series)