I am an educator/teacher, is Learning Experience Design for me?!
As an educator - no matter how many years of experience you have - I bet you can easily recall that one learning experience “that got me crazy while preparing it”. Or the one where “I took the group on an imagination trip and they love it”, or even the one where you ended up learning more, than teaching something to the group.
Educators and teachers all over the world are starting to switch from the outdated “knowledge transmitting mechanism” to new practices and innovative approaches, which start from a deeper understanding of educational processes.
These new processes focus more on learning and the creation of learning experiences.
This new and different concept of learning is spreading throughout educational areas, from schools to youth work, and even in cultural education settings such as museums.
So, here it is what you came for. Mentally check the boxes if the sentences match your profile:
I am an educator/teacher/youth worker/youth leader
I want to try out new approaches but I lack tools to do it
I want my students/learners to better remember what they’ve learned
I would like to adopt some of my methodologies if there was something new and easy to understand and implement
If you mentally checked more than one, the final answer is: yes, Learning Experience Design (LxD) is totally for you!
In a nutshell, Learning Experience Design is the process of deciding and designing what experience works better for someone to learn something. With the right tools, you can design sessions that will hold your learner’s attention and interest until the last minute and spark deeper conversations about the theme you are exploring.
May you work in a youth centre, a museum or a classroom, LxD will help you transform your activities into memorable, transformational experiences for the learners. By using a different - yet simple - design process, you will be able to understand better their real needs and potentials, be more creative in designing learning experiences for them, re-shape the learning space, optimize the session flow, and increase their levels of engagement and participation.
What usually happens with new concepts is that people want to incorporate them, but usually find it very hard. You may lack the tools, the confidence, or believe it will take too much time to adapt. Trying new things can be scary and demanding, but if you are here, reading this article, we already know that something may change in the way you approach the learning moments you facilitate.
If you want to embark on this adventure with us, check out our website, join us at our facebook group and follow our inspirational instagram page :)
We promise not to spam you with messages, but an adventure with partners and colleagues will, definitely, be funnier and full of cool talks at coffee breaks.
Article by Anita and Beatriz, Team Mais