Designing Next-Gen Digital Learning Environments
Workshop Session 2
How might we engage students, faculty, and administrators to design next-gen digital learning environments? Too often, digital learning tools are selected based on known tools rather than what is actually needed to facilitate learning. In seeking to meet the widest range of needs, existing tools clutter the learning environment and obscure what is essential for students and faculty. In this workshop, participants will engage in a design thinking process to imagine and prototype next-generation digital learning environments. Through this process, participants will identify how existing and emerging technologies might remain relevant in today’s learning landscape.
One of the challenges with existing learning management systems (LMS) is that they are designed to support everything, from content organization to discussions, assessments, lecture capture and synchronous learning. This results in an overbuilt system with too many features that most teachers and students never use.
The LMS offers the promise of more efficient teaching and better learning, however the edtech marketplace rarely delivers custom or flexible solutions that address both evolving or even fundamental programmatic needs. The results are tools and platforms that are overbuilt and prescriptive about how learning should happen. Next generation digital learning environments will need to focus on three characteristics to remain relevant: agility, simplicity, and interoperability.
In this workshop, participants will work in small groups to identify a digital learning challenge relevant to their own contexts and use the design thinking process to 1) empathize, 2) define, 3) ideate, 4) prototype, and 5) test in the development of next generation digital learning tools and environments. Facilitators will train participants in design thinking, model rapid-prototyping, and provide coaching and feedback to participants.
Finally, this session will explore strategies to bring the design thinking process back to campuses and support the development and adoption of digital learning environments.
In this session, participants will:
Articulate the challenges and limitations of existing digital learning tools and platforms.
Identify a digital learning challenge that could be addressed with effective, appropriate tools and platforms.
- Utilize the design thinking process to imagine and prototype next generation digital learning tools and platforms.