Creating Effective Learning Environments: A Road Map for Success

New Workshop Series to Build Capacity for Great Learning Experiences

The Institute for Learning Environment Design (ILED), a partnership between NextThought and the University of Central Oklahoma, is launching a new workshop series this Friday:  Now You […]

​Six Tips for Creating Great Digital Learning Content

Last week, Dan Meyer shared the Desmos guidelines for building great digital math activities. Not surprisingly, these guidelines have plenty to offer by way of designing a wide […]

Finding the Right Blend of Analog and Digital

The trends pointed out by the Pew Research Center in its recent report on Book Reading 2016 are a great reminder of the yin and yang represented […]

Moving Beyond Traditional Self-Paced Learning Models in Professional Education

Ambient Insight has just released a report that predicts a sharp decline worldwide in the self-paced education market. The report offers the following rationale...

Employing Learning Design to Avoid the The Awkward Translator Syndrome

The Awkward Translator A key to designing and creating effective learning solutions is to remove the client from the role of “the awkward translator.” This […]

Good Learning Design Begins with the "What"

Often, learning technology companies focus their product messaging on the How – they tell people how their product will make a difference. They say: This is how our platform works. This […]

Building Organizational Capacity through Great Learning Design

It’s not uncommon we encounter an organization with a strong desire to deliver an innovative learning solution but lacking the internal resources or expertise to […]

Effective Networked Learning Environments for Professional Development

Question 1: How can we design online professional development environments that help participants integrate their prior experiences into networked learning pathways? As a design entry point […]

Improving Learning by Adding Inquiry

One of the most common learning design questions I’m asked is, “How can I get learners more engaged with my content?” From a lesson or course […]

Using Synchronous Communication Tools to Enhance Learning Environment Design

Synchronous communication does not – and should not – dictate the shape or design of our learning spaces. Rather, it should be viewed as a […]

The Simplicity and Power of Learning Environment Design

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending Virginia Tech’s Conference on Teaching Large Classes, where ILED Director Bucky Dodd and I presented a session on […]

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