Book Extras

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

Curating an Effective Blend

Section 5

Curating an Effective Blend of Resources and Activities: Landscaping an environment

Pillars of SDL

 The beauty of the learning environment “blend” is that it is a learner-centered model. Learners themselves determine what they want to learn, which resources and approaches they want to access in order to learn, and how and where they are going to apply their learning.

~ From Section 5, Learning Environments by Design

Book Highlights

Self-Directed Learning Pillars

As seen in the graphic above, an analysis of self-directed learning theories indicates that there are seven characteristics learners must have in order to effectively manage their learning in a learning environment. The book describes these in detail and suggests ways to promote these characteristics.

Principles of Learning Environment Design

The text identifies five principles of learning environment design:

Trust learners.
Focus on context.
Curate effectively.
Provide variety and depth.
Make access easy.

Explore More

For more on self-directed learning theories, see:

Intentional Change Theory by Richard Boyatzis, summarized by MindTools here.

Original reference: An Overview of Intentional Change from a Complexity Perspective. By Richard Boyatzis. Journal of Management Development, 25 (2006), 607-23.

Informal learning: theory, practice, and experience summarized by Infed here.

More recent reference: Revisiting Informal and Incidental Learning as a Vehicle for Professional Learning and Development. By Victoria J. Marsick, Karen E. Watkins, and Barbara Lewin in Elaborating Professionalism: Studies in Practice and Theory, ed. by Clive Kanes (Springer, 2010).

Self-Directed Learning (Chapter 4) in Adult Learning: Linking theory and practice. By Sharan B. Merriam and Laura L. Bierema. (Jossey-Bass, 2014)  On Amazon here.

The Adult Learner: The definitive classic in adult education and human resource development. By Malcolm Knowles, Edward Holton, and Richard Swanson. Now in it 7th edition (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2011). On Amazon here.