The Big Shift: Keeping Users In the Center of Your Design

Published by Joana Jebsen
on Sep 20, 2019

One of the primary differences LX Design brings to education today is a focus on the user and how the experience of learning fits with a learner’s needs. It’s not an easy shift to move from designing instruction, to designing learner experiences. But design thinking helps.

While mastery of a subject is still the overall goal, equally important is understanding the learner context in which a subject is delivered.

Doing this means: designing with the user’s wants, needs, constraints, motivating factors and barriers to success in mind every step of the process. Only with these in consideration throughout the process can you truly maximize the tools and technology available to help drive subject mastery.

This is a big change in our industry, impacting how designers approach the task at hand and how they interact with their clients to deliver the best result. For some it will be a completely new way of thinking about a design project. No longer building what can be built in the form of lessons and learning modules (which essentially impart knowledge assume everyone learns the same way), but instead stretching beyond this objective to design learning experiences with the user at the center of the design.

Big changes take time, and we all have to start somewhere. Here are just a sampling of ways you can begin to keep the user at the center of your design:


FALL 2020: Collecting Learner Feedback and Applying the Results

Published By Brett Christie, PhD
on Oct 15, 2020

Recently, O’Donnell Learn CEO, Carrie O’Donnell and I began hosting short webinars to address critical issues higher education faculty are currently facing. Our aim is to provide concise, actionable resources to help faculty create a more successful learning experience, particularly in the context of this semester’s challenges.

Challenges in Equity and Inclusion for Online Learning: An Interview with Dr. Brett Christie

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Sep 03, 2020

At O’Donnell Learn, we’ve always believed the path to great learning includes every learner and provides alternative pathways for different learners. When higher education shifted to emergency remote learning in March, significant gaps in equity and inclusion became evident. As institutions seek to resolve these gaps for online learning, we reached out to Dr. Brett […]

Introducing Media Lab: Aligning Learning Design and Media, All Under One Roof

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Sep 01, 2020

We recently made an exciting announcement – the launch of Media Lab! Media Lab was conceived out of a desire to disrupt the current media development model and offer best-in-class learning experiences at any scale. By bringing learning design and learning media production under one roof, our Media Lab is poised to help drive this […]