Book Extras

In these pages, access templates, graphics, and additional resources related to the ideas in Learning Environments by Design.


Section 4

The Components of a Learning Environment: The flora and fauna of learning

Component Graphic


To list all of the possible components of a learning environment would be as challenging as listing all of the possible plants to install in a garden. Species of plants have multiple varieties, and new cultivars are created every day. In planting a garden, your choices get narrowed by climate, location, soil type, and gardener’s preferences.

A similar process is engaged in designing a learning environment. There is a world of possible options for resources and activities, and it’s good to start with a solid list of potential ones to include. You would never be able to list all the possibilities, especially since new activities and resources are invented regularly. As an aid to learning environment design, though, the learning component chart lists the more typical options.

~ From Section 4, Learning Environments by Design


Learning Environment Components

Book Highlights

The component chart (right, click to open) is a handy job aid to remind you of some of the possible learning resources and activities to include in a learning environment.

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The materials below provide additional advice related to some of the components in the component chart. Check back occasionally – these will be updated.


Innovative Performance Support: Strategies and practices for learning in the workflow. By Conrad Gottfredson and Bob Mosher (McGraw Hill, 2011). On Amazon here.


With A Little Help From Our Friends (PDF). White paper by Catherine Lombardozzi (2014)

Training and Education

Design for How People Learn. By Julie Dirksen (New Riders, 2012) On Amazon here. – offers principles for effective e-learning design.

Developmental Practices

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Experiential Learning Practices

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Learner Motivation

Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn: A comprehensive guide for teaching all adults. By Raymond J. Wlodkowski (Jossey-Bass, 2008 – 3rd Ed.)  On Amazon here.