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Learning Environment Design Processes

Section 6

Designing A Learning Environment: The process of shaping the learning landscape

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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

Book Highlights

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.

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Here are some resources that delve deeper into the processes of learning environment design.

  • 5 Simple Steps to Becoming a Content Curation Rockstar © 2011 by Curata, Inc.  Download from / Resources

Resources from David Kelly, eLearning Guild events manager and frequently featured speaker on the topic of curation in L&D:

Additional blog posts:

Book resource:

  • Curation Nation: Why the future of content is context. By Steven Rosenbaum (McGraw Hill, 2011). On Amazon here.

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: