Learning experience design, or LXD, is a field that combines several different fields and disciplines to create the most engaging and effective learning experience possible. LXD combines educational technology, user experience design (UX), neuroscience, and other fields to take a learner-first approach to learning.
LXD’s goal is to create learning experiences that are enjoyable and relevant, and, most importantly, transformative. Of course, learning experience design also exists to help learners achieve specific goals and outcomes.
Best Practices of a Good Learning Experience
How do you know if you are creating a good learning experience? For starters, a good learning experience should take the learner on a transformative journey. Of course, “transformation” can differ depending on the organization. For example, teachers and professors are more concerned with the a student’s future, ability to think and reason, and flexibly apply knowledge to practice. . On the other hand, a factory will obviously care more about their employees being better trained to understand safety rules and protocols.
What are the characteristics of a good learning experience? One main characteristic of a good learning experience is genuinely created for and tailored to the learner. This is why LX designers must understand the importance of research when designing and developing learning experiences, no matter the medium or format.
There are many different ways to talk about characteristics, but here are 5 examples of curriculum content and learning experiences: textbooks, lectures, online courses, group discussions, and experiments.
Another critical aspect of learning experiences is feedback. This might include a survey after the learning experience where learners are asked to describe the most valuable aspect of this learning experience for them. It might also entail asking learners what they didn’t like about the learning experience or ensuring that all the content was manageable and relevant to the learner.
Now, let’s dive into the characteristics of a good learning environment.
What Are the Components of a Good Learning Environment?
First and foremost, LX designers will have to understand the learner. For schools, this includes understanding the characteristics of learners in the classroom. In the workforce, it might mean understanding employees in an organization to develop the most relevant learning experience for them.
Many designers understand that a good learning environment is inclusive. Since these learning experiences are often tailored and personalized, designers must understand learner characteristics in educational technology. This might include making specific learner profiles based on age, demographic, and additional social/economic factors. Rather than think about something like the 20 characteristics of an effective learner, it’s best to hone in on specific profiles and personas to narrow down your learning experience.
A good learning environment is also an environment where learners are supported. Failing is a part of learning, and learners must feel comfortable with getting things wrong and knowing that they will still be able to reach their goals eventually. When learners are supported, they are more engaged and interested.
Learning environments should also understand how to leverage technology to keep learners engaged. This might involve using more visual elements in your online course to ensure that there isn’t a wall of text to consume. Alternatively, it could also look like implementing VR/AR simulations to help workers understand a safety training program deeper.
With 91% of organizations looking to leverage or adopt VR and/or AR, it’s safe to say that creating safe and effective virtual learning environments will be critical for the future of LXD.
Even if you are in a learning environment where there is no “teacher” present, a good component of a learning environment is one where learners are rewarded. Gamification is a great way to ensure that learners are engaged since there is research indicating that badges and leaderboards can go a long way toward improving learning experiences.
In fact, 90% of employees surveyed reported that they felt more productive when gamification was integrated into their work experience.
Of course, learners also need to feel psychologically safe in their learning environments. Learners must be able to express their ideas and take risks as they absorb, retain, and use information that will help them achieve their goals. This is even more relevant for younger and more inexperienced students/employees.
How Jackrabbit LX can help
At Jackrabbit LX, we specialize in designing, developing, and improving learning experiences at organizations in many industries and sectors. Our 5-phase approach involves collaborating with you to devise a tailor-made strategy that outlines your organization’s aspirations and then proceeding to prototype and refine the perfect learning experience. This process ensures that you receive nothing but the best, and we strive to scale it to meet your requirements.
Why settle for subpar learning experiences when you can have exceptional ones that can make a significant difference to your organization?
Reach out to Jackrabbit LX now to discover more about how we can help you design, refine, and improve your learning experiences.