Demographically speaking, one could say that I am considered part of this group. Adult learners are my favorite kind of student because they are trying to better their lives and station in life through higher education. Here, we are talking about working moms and dads, single parents and down to earth folks who want something better for themselves and their families. I know something about this because I did not return to school until later in life.
I long for a contemporary acronym I can say with a confident toss of the head.
An acronym that sounds so right, the uninformed will think they should know what it means and will never ask. At some point, the acronym began to lose its relevance. We were no longer creating systems.
It also sounded somewhat dull. And as we all know, anyone who finds joy in creating courses about HIPAA law or copier repair is anything but dull. The ID Era Though no date has been recorded for this event, the word systems was mysteriously dropped from instructional systems design.
As we began to design more varied and richer learning experiences, it just disappeared. It happened quickly, almost as though everyone telepathically agreed to the change without uttering a word about it. But there was one problem.
This left us with the forgettable ID acronym. When capitalized, these two letters can stand for anything from Industrial Design to Information Design. It is simply too common.
In addition, the term instructional feels a little dated. It focuses on materials rather than users, and may summon images of filmstrips and overhead projectors.
I wholeheartedly supported this moniker and used it myself for awhile. It implied our field could be known as Learning Architecture. The metaphor is nearly perfect and expresses the unique nature of how we design.
Yes, I could see myself as a learning architect. Unfortunately, this label was not adopted by a sufficient number of practitioners.
Learning Experience Design LX Design This brings us to my vote as the ideal replacement for instructional design that is slowly creeping into use. Here is why I think this title is relevant and meaningful. Focuses on the User.
As noted, Instructional Design implies a focus on materials. Learning Experience Design, on the other hand, focuses on how a person learns. It suggests a user-centric mindset, which is more effective for understanding an audience, meeting audience needs and thus, creating better solutions. Based on Learning Science.
Learning Experience Design emphasizes the learning rather than the instruction.
Having the word learning in the title may remind us of the body of scientific research although not perfect underlying how people assimilate and apply knowledge and skills. Calling ourselves Learning Experience Designers acknowledges that we design, enable or facilitate experiences rather than courses.
This gives us a broad license to empower people with the tools and information they need to do their jobs, regardless of the chosen format. In conclusion, LX Design is a title for the 21st century. I can almost see a generation of children who are eager to become LX Designers when they grow up.
Most important, saying that you are an LX Designer puts you on an equal footing with peers who get to use trendy acronyms every day. What are your thoughts fellow LX Designers?Time Management and Adults Learners Attending school as an adult learner is a big challenge and time management is something that every student must know and be efficient at in order to successfully complete their degrees.
Quotes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.
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Taylor University of Liverpool, UK; The Reverend DR DAVID TAYLOR, BSc (hons), MEd, MA, PhD, FHEA, FSB, FAcadMEd, is a reader in Medical Education at the School of Medicine at Liverpool.
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