A Visual Language And Method For Designing Successful Learning Experiences

Concurrent Session 8
OLC Award Winner

Brief Abstract

Learning Environment Modeling (LEM), comprised of a shared, one-of-its-kind visual language and design technique, provides educators with a powerful solution for facilitating effective communication throughout processes and advancing and energizing learning environment design and learning. LEM is easy to learn and quickly implemented. Its minimal components render it widely accessible, highly affordable, and easily scalable. Developed at the Center for eLearning and Connected Environments (CeCE) at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), LEM has been successfully integrated into all facets of the Center’s daily operations. It lies at the core of CeCE initiatives for developing and sustaining high-quality elearning offerings and advancing innovation in learning across a spectrum of modalities. LEM has also been successfully adopted by users at other education and corporate organizations. Information and evidence presented throughout this document reflect how LEM supports the five pillars of learning effectiveness, scale, access, faculty satisfaction, and student satisfaction.


Bucky Dodd, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Center for eLearning and Connected Environments and Director of the Institute for Learning Environment Design at the University of Central Oklahoma. In these roles, Dr. Dodd is responsible for leading the strategic advancement of university-wide elearning initiatives and leading the design of blended learning environments. His research focuses on Learning Environment Modeling and developing innovative design strategies for learning environments. Dr. Dodd has consulted with corporate, government, and higher education organizations and has been recognized internationally for his research and learning environment design expertise.
Stacy Southerland, PhD, is a Professor of Spanish and Faculty Liaison for the Center for eLearning and Connected Environments and Institute for Learning Environment Design (iLED) at the University of Central Oklahoma. She designs and coordinates the university's online Spanish courses and contributes to research and development for iLED analytics tools and learning innovation initiatives. Her research and presentation agenda focuses on learning innovation and learner success. She has received international recognition for her work in these areas and for her online teaching, learning environment design, and learner support strategies. Dr. Southerland is also a 2019 graduate of the Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning (IELOL).

Extended Abstract