Design links I love – Issue 2

Buzzword Decoder: User-Center Design and Universal Design : To create valuable learning experiences for learners.

Le Corbusier’s Color Theories, Explained : We could use the Swiss architect’s colour concepts when designing for learning, e.g. when creating background graphics for a scenario-based eLearning course –  “using natural colors to create atmosphere, applying synthetic pigments for contrast, and deploying transparent synthetic pigments to alter surfaces without affecting how the eye perceives space”

Learning in the Bauhaus School: Five lessons for today’s designers (and five ways the web still is Bauhaus) : the Bauhaus School emphasised the importance of returning to craftsmanship. Its influence can still be observed in different design areas today.

The Importance of Storytelling in Design : Storytelling can be a very effective communication tool in our design work.

5 Things I Learnt as a Designer at LEGO : Some of these lessons can be transferred very well to instructional design.

A Range of Options for Scenarios and Storytelling : Using scenarios and storytelling doesn’t have to be complex.

How to Increase Learner Participation in eLearning : 8 tips to keep learners engaged in their eLearning experience. Both self-motivation and external rewards are important.

5 Ways to Use Interactive Videos to Supercharge Your Online Training : Combine interactive videos with microlearning, gamification, scenario-based learning, story-based learning, simulations with branching.

Brain Tests Predict Children’s Futures : Shows “the importance of early life experiences and interventions to support vulnerable youngsters”. It is encouraging though that these effects of less positive early life experiences are modifiable.

Is Personalized Learning the Future of School? : From personalising web search experiences to personalising learning experiences? Makes me think about how this relates to the article “Do Learners Really Know Best? Urban Legends in Education” by Paul Kirschner and Jeroen van Merrieenboer. This article explains how several ideas around the theme the learner “should be the controlling force in his or her learning” are actually only legends and not backed by research evidence.



Kirschner, P.A. and van Merriënboer, J.J.G. (2013) ‘Do learners really know best? Urban legends in education’, Educational Psychologist, 48(3), pp. 169–183.

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