Learning Design Challenge #15: Road Trip in a Car

Learning Design Challenge #15: Road Trip in a Car


Today, I’d like for us to design something that is both fun and familiar, so let’s talk about a trip in the car with other people.

That’s right, I’m talking about the proverbial road trip. A phenomenon enabled by the invention (and continued evolution) of the automobile and fueled, at least in the U.S., by our definitions of family and rites-of-passage.

Whether it be an iconic cross-country road trip with college friends at Spring Break, a family vacation to Yellowstone, or simply a car ride across town with the kids, a great road trip can certainly be an important learning environment (I would wager most of us can remember several important lessons we learned in such an environment).

Like every other learning environment, the road trip is also a great opportunity for some creative learning design practice. So the question for today’s LEM challenge is this — “What does your ideal road trip look like?”

Here are some questions you might want to think about:

  1. What is your desired experience for this activity?
  2. How much or what kind of advance preparation is required to make this environment successful?
  3. Which is more important, the beginning or the end of the trip?
  4. What are some possible constraints for this design?

Design Constraints

Time to Design: <10 min.
Context: Face-to-face
Number of Building Blocks Allowed: 7
Hashtag: #DailyLEM15
Design Challenge Guidelines

Suggested Solutions

Learning Design Challenge #15: Road Trip in a Car (Solution)

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