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5 Web Design Rules That Can Teach You Everything You Need to Know About eLearning

5 Web Design Rules That Can Teach You Everything You Need to Know About eLearning | Message Design | Scoop.it
These web design rules can teach you everything you need to know about eLearning design.
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Sometimes we all can use reminding of the fundamentals.

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Human Design for Engagement and Critical Thinking by Chris Jennings : Learning Solutions Magazine

Human Design for Engagement and Critical Thinking by Chris  Jennings : Learning Solutions Magazine | Message Design | Scoop.it
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Designing for user experience is in the details. This article distills key components to how to draw learners in and most importantly, keep them in.

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It should arrest and hold attention.
It should then invoke curiosity.
It should surprise.
It should invoke wonder.
It should bring joy.
It shoul...

It should arrest and hold attention.<br/>It should then invoke curiosity.<br/>It should surprise.<br/>It should invoke wonder.<br/>It should bring joy.<br/>It shoul... | Message Design | Scoop.it
Celebrated graphic artist Marian Bantjes's criteria for what makes great design
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Not so sure about #5, but I think the rest apply to just about any type of design.

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The 4 Secrets Behind Zynga’s Narcotically Addictive Games

The 4 Secrets Behind Zynga’s Narcotically Addictive Games | Message Design | Scoop.it
An interesting look into four philosophies behind Zynga's game design. As students become more and more used to these present in online interaction, elearning development must change to meet expectations. That said, there are also themes that can apply for anything designed for audience engagement.
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Design For Behavior Change

The future of training is providing context--not content. "information-deliverers are going to need to add to their skill set pretty quickly, or they’ll find themselves obsolete. I think we need to think of ourselves as business consultants, experience designers and change facilitators."

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Redefining Hick's Law | Smashing UX Design

Redefining Hick's Law | Smashing UX Design | Message Design | Scoop.it
Designing for decisions... Lots of learning applications here.
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The Character of Design, by Steve Baty - Core77

The Character of Design, by Steve Baty - Core77 | Message Design | Scoop.it
A great article on the appropriateness of design...
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Adult education: How to be an active learner - by Dr Pandula Siribaddana - Helium

Good list of general characteristics of adult learners... or those who don't just come to class to "check the box."

 

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Adult education: How to be an active learner: Educational forums worldwide were debating adult learning from the early days of pedagogical thinkin..., Dr Pandula Siribaddana...

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The Messy Art Of UX Sketching - Smashing UX Design

The Messy Art Of UX Sketching - Smashing UX Design | Message Design | Scoop.it
Helpful tips for sketching out storyboards and other designs. -- As a UX professional, I sketch every day. I often take over entire walls in our office and cover them with sketches, mapping out everything from context scenarios to wire frames and presentations.
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The Fundamental Elements of Design, by Erica Gorochow & Karl Sluis - Core77

The Fundamental Elements of Design, by Erica Gorochow & Karl Sluis - Core77 | Message Design | Scoop.it
Industrial Design content and community site - articles, discussions, interviews and resources.
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I Love Charts

I Love Charts | Message Design | Scoop.it

Tumblr site for infographics. Love.

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By people who love charts for people who love charts. Created and run by: Jason Cody Submit A Chart!

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Content Strategy Within The Design Process - Smashing UX Design

Content Strategy Within The Design Process - Smashing UX Design | Message Design | Scoop.it
Lots of good stuff in here. It's an article I know I'll read multiple times and find a new insight each time.
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Dawn Groves's comment, December 3, 2011 10:07 AM
OMG this is excllent. thanks sarah.
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The Perfect Paragraph - Smashing UX Design

The Perfect Paragraph - Smashing UX Design | Message Design | Scoop.it
Paragraphs are everywhere. In fact, at the high risk of stating the obvious, you are reading one now. Despite their ubiquity, we frequently neglect their presentation. This is a mistake.
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Are You Creating an Environment in Which Learning Can Thrive?

Are You Creating an Environment in Which Learning Can Thrive? | Message Design | Scoop.it
This past weekend I spent an evening making Smores with my kids in the backyard. My son enjoys this and loves helping his dad build the campfire. Here are some of the fire-building 'tips' I shared ...
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EXCELLENT post on learning environments, but I believe it can also be distilled down from the organization to the learning event. Spend the time up front, and the student will build momentum and drive through completion.

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What to Consider When Creating Responsive Design-Friendly Content

What to Consider When Creating Responsive Design-Friendly Content | Message Design | Scoop.it
You might want to present content differently for the different types of devices customers are using to access your site. Here are five things to keep in mind.
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"It's all about enhancing the user experience, particularly to enable people to easily do or find what they want..."

 

A parallel can be made for learning. Instead of web design, it's learning design. In stead of reconfiguring for devices, we're reconfiguring for delivery/modalities. In a content management world, what would be the 5 things instructional designers should keep in mind to build universal objects that adapt to create personal learning experiences?

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The Many Paths of Design, Part 2

The Many Paths of Design, Part 2 | Message Design | Scoop.it
Just when you thought the plans were on track ...
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The author is specifically talking about architectual or interior design, but you will quickly see how easily transferrable these diagrams are to any project that requires design! Excellent work.

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You Already Know How To Use It | Smashing UX Design

You Already Know How To Use It | Smashing UX Design | Message Design | Scoop.it

Insight into the role pattern recognition plays in the mind. Full of potentionl to leverage this analysis in the design of anything, but especially e- and m-learning.

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The Value of Data Visualization

"Your message is only as powerful as your ability to share it."
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Seth's Blog: Information density

The best designs tailor the message for the audience--this is especially important in learning!
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Graphic Designers Road Map | Visual.ly

Graphic Designers Road Map | Visual.ly | Message Design | Scoop.it
In this infographic SmartPress.com interviewed 30 successful graphic designers and asked the most commonly asked questions to determine what it takes...
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What designers need to remember | Visual.ly

What designers need to remember | Visual.ly | Message Design | Scoop.it
A little something I'm constantly trying to remind myself with.
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The Medium is Not the Message | Visual.ly

The Medium is Not the Message | Visual.ly | Message Design | Scoop.it
The focus of the study was asset management, but message design principles hold true to anyone communicating a brand! -- This infographic explains that although social media is a great tool for businesses, exposure is not enough, it's important to engage your costumer ba...
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How tablets can make meetings less painful

How tablets can make meetings less painful | Message Design | Scoop.it
Design better meetings... -- Those of you who hate meetings and can't stand endless PowerPoint-based presentations, there's hope.
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Infographic Posters Reduce Huge Philosophical Ideas To Shapes And Colors | Co. Design

Infographic Posters Reduce Huge Philosophical Ideas To Shapes And Colors | Co. Design | Message Design | Scoop.it
Pure genius. Carreras might be my new hero.
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The Six Rules of Gamification

The Six Rules of Gamification | Message Design | Scoop.it
These rules can apply to any product you're designing... games, training, presentations, etc.
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