UX for Learning: Crafting Human-Centered Instructional Experiences

Anastasiia Lastovetskahttps://mlsdev.com
Author’s bio: Anastasiia Lastovetska is a technology writer at MLSDev, a software development company that builds web & mobile app solutions from scratch. She researches the area of technology to create great content about app development, UX/UI design, tech & business consulting.

Traditional ways of learning are gradually fading into history. Lectures in PowerPoint, training seminars for a large audience – all this no longer works.

Much of today’s work and study is concentrated on the Internet. According to the Statista website, by 2026, the total market for e-learning worldwide is forecasted to grow exponentially, reaching over 370 billion U.S. dollars. People want a more flexible and adaptive system. They need training to continually adapt to fill knowledge and skill gaps in ever-changing marketing trends.

A new and improved version of Enterprise Learning brings UX principles to the design process. They help in creating a thoughtful, holistic, human-centered learning experience. This unique combination of instructional design and user experience is known as instructional design.

What is learning process design?

Learning Experience Design (LXD) creates learning experiences that use a human-centered approach to achieve specific outcomes.

LXD combines user experience (UX) design and instructional design at its core.

The LXD process ensures that the learner leaves the experience with a new skill or ability that is useful and retained. Coming to the fore are UX design services that aim to move away from traditional educational jargon–modules, modules, and lessons—and focus on a broader, holistic learning experience. A designer’s job is to create a powerful learning experience that goes beyond the requirements of a traditional classroom.

How is learning experience defined?

The learning experience does not have to take place in an educational setting. It can happen on the way to work, during an afternoon walk, or at a team meeting. Any event in which learning can occur.

LXD focuses on several fundamental principles:

  • Emphasizes human-centered design
  • Combines content design and user experience
  • Focused on results and user analysis
  • Uses an iterative design methodology
  • Designed for learning with technology

To create the most effective learning experience, you can combine the principles of UX design thinking with curriculum development.

Using UX to create learning experiences

When it comes to application in practice, instructional design and user experience design cover all models. ADDIE is a popular learning process model that provides the steps needed to create a learning process from scratch. These stages are analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation.

The main difference is that UX puts more emphasis on a human-centered approach. Spend more time understanding the user’s requirements (or fully participating) than before creating the solution.

Forbes notes that the design will soon include full accessibility for people with disabilities. Accessibility testing will increasingly be integrated into website design and coding processes and not just a compliance-based initiative.

Conclusion

A perceptually practical learning experience fits just like any other user experience. Students have needs that can only be addressed through design, validation, and iteration.

Current instructional designers should bring more UX capabilities into their corporate learning design. Or maybe just simple reframing. Instead of just thinking about “creating a learning module,” take care to create a holistic learning experience where the person is truly at the center of the design.

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