Learning Design Challenge #8: Your Ideal Introductory Video to an Online Course

Learning Design Challenge #8: Your Ideal Introductory Video to an Online Course
Description Creating connections is valuable in any learning environment. These can be connections between learners and information, learners and other learners, and learners and instructors. For the latter, particularly in online courses, one of the most common tools is the introductory video, the one where the instructor introduces the course. What’s the purpose of this ...

Design Challenge #5: The 5-Minute Icebreaker Activity

Design Challenge #5: The 5-Minute Icebreaker Activity
Description Anyone who’s taught a class, led a workshop, or even hosted a large meeting has probably attempted to insert some kind of “icebreaker” or “kickoff” activity to ease participants effectively into the environment. The purpose of such activities is to engage participants actively in the topic at hand by having them work through some ...

Design Challenge 3: Design Thinking Research Activity

Design Challenge 3: Design Thinking Research Activity
Description Empathetic or design-thinking research is a form of descriptive research that helps designers understand the deeper thinking and motivations behind user interactions with companies and products. For this design challenge, we want to create a design-thinking research sequence or lesson as part of an online, asynchronous course. This sequence/lesson should promote creativity and innovation, as well as ...

Design Challenge #2: A Run with Friend(s)

Design Challenge #2: A Run with Friend(s)
Description I’m a runner from way back. These days, I usually run solo, but that’s mostly for flexibility and time management. I still enjoy running with a group or another person on occasion. It’s a great way to share an experience and to have good conversation (unless you’re actually racing). Over the years, in fact, ...

Design Challenge #1: Office Hours

Design Challenge #1: Office Hours
Description Okay, to be clear, when I say “office hours,” I’m using the term to describe any space for regularly scheduled interaction between an instructor or course facilitator and a student. This could be a traditional office, a coffee shop, a sidewalk bench etc. The question is, “What makes for an ideal meeting space for ...