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  • Writer's pictureSharaf Goussous

7 ways to improve your Learning Experience Design (LXD)

LXD is the process of creating a desirable learning experience that empowers the learner to achieve the program outcomes in a human-centred way. It’s a combination of user experience design, interaction, flow, and graphic design, along with elements of instructional design.

LXD focuses on the learner and their needs, goals, roles, and journey. It establishes the kind of environment that the learner needs by creating captivating content that engages the learner with the course.

Developing relevant graphics using charts, videos, animation, audio, and other tools that support the learning message, rather than simply creating a lot of text that bogs the learner down, motivates them and makes them feel in control of the learning experience.

Here are 7 ways you can improve your learning experience design:

1) Create a Learning Experience Design (LXD) plan

Starting work straightaway on the UI without sound knowledge of the course strategy, the audience, and their goals and needs will result in a poor experience and a waste of effort. Instead, the best approach is to create an LXD plan that defines the User Interface strategy, what the learning platform is, its design usability, and how you will be testing and validating that design.

2) Make it human-centred

When you place the learner at the centre of the design process and understand the people you are designing for, the learning experience will fit the purpose. Determining the audience and understanding their skill levels and digital literacy should drive your design.

3) Understand the goals

Understanding the goals of your course will help you to map out the most appropriate design and activities that help the learner achieve them. Without understanding the goals, the learning experience won’t make sense. The choice of technology you’ll be using will help you formulate the learning outcomes and the next steps in the design process.

4) Create a wireframe

Creating a wireframe that can be easily changed based on feedback will save you time, as opposed to spending too much time creating a detailed UX and UI straight away. The wireframe will help you understand the overall flow of your course and facilitate how you communicate with your client, allowing you to understand their expectations, just as they will be able to understand what solution you are offering.

5) Be consistent

Keep your visuals, course features, and UI simple and consistent — for example, the format and typography, image descriptions, and look and position of the course features such as the buttons, menus, tabs, notes, etc.

6) Create a responsive design

A responsive design will help students to complete their tasks and achieve their goals efficiently, regardless of what devices they’re using. Creating different designs that fit for widescreen, laptop screen, tablet, and mobile will give the students extra choices for when and how to learn.

7) Adopt an agile approach — test early, fix early

Instead of creating the whole experience and then starting the testing, it’s better to follow a flexible and incremental approach. This will save you time as you receive feedback from the stakeholders and improve the design as you go.


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