Augment Your Arsenal: Accelerate Learning Design and Promote Learning Outcomes with an Interactive Visual Planning Tool

Concurrent Session 6

Brief Abstract

Join us for this highly interactive session that will transform the way you design learning experiences! We’ll learn to use the revolutionary visual planning tool, Learning Environment Modeling™, that equips educators to innovate learning and create learning experiences that promote attainment of learning outcomes.


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

This interactive, experiential session provides participants the opportunity to learn the basics of Learning Environment Language™ (LEM™), an international award winning visual design and planning technique. LEM™ provides learning designers a common language comprised of graphics and is astonishingly easy to learn and easy to use for planning engaging, innovative learning experiences that support successful attainment of learning outcomes in any environment—academic or corporate, online, blended or in-person. This one-of-its-kind, tangible visualization technique is comprised of four primary features: five building blocks, four contexts, three actions, and two notations. These components can be assembled in infinite configurations to represent any imaginable learning experience.

The easily rearranged, quickly identifiable building blocks make instructional planning fun and engaging. Intentional, strategic, coordinated implementation of LEM™ helps learning professionals make smart design decisions that ensure effective, interactive, quality learning experiences that promote the attainment of lesson objectives. Moreover, LEM™ is ideal for creating effective and engaging informal, supplemental learner support experiences that compliment formal learning and further promote learner success and increase attainment of learning objectives.

In this hands-on session, we’ll experience the ease of becoming proficient in LEM™ and begin putting our new skills into action. Participants will learn to create a blueprint—a model—for learning experiences using this fun design technique and will learn to “speak” the language of LEM™. We’ll discover the ability of LEM™ to accelerate planning, increase efficiency, and prevent common obstacles and frustrations inherent in communication among individuals who bring different skill levels and backgrounds to design projects. Attendees will enjoy practicing LEM™ under the guidance of a Certified Learning Environment Architect who is proficient in Learning Environment Modeling Language, the language of LEM™, and works with the Institute for Learning Environment Design where this innovative technique was created. Together, we will learn and practice using this unique, innovative visual design tool and discover how it enhances our understanding of learning experiences, helps us make smart learning experience design decisions, and empowers us to lead learning innovation in our organizations.

Session participants will:

  • learn to “speak” the visual language of Learning Environment Modeling™, a proven visual language and learning experience design technique
  • practice using Learning Environment Modeling™ to model learning scenarios
  • learn to leverage LEM™ to create engaging, innovating experiences that promote learning outcomes