Design Thinking & the Future of Instructional Design (Video)

We’d like to introduce eXplore – BLP’s new vlog series where we explore what’s possible in workplace learning. In our first few episodes, we’ll talk to some of the speakers and workshop facilitators who will be presenting at our upcoming eXLearn workplace learning conference happening September 4-5th in Indianapolis. In this video, we interview BLP’s CEO and…

Using Design Thinking to Craft Better Learning Solutions, Part 3

In my previous post, I highlighted the first two of four principles related to design thinking in learning solution development that my colleague Laura Fletcher and I have honed. This post finishes things up with a look at our final two principles. Principle 3: Recognize learning as a journey. Design thinking often uses the concepts of user experience and user journeys to help frame an…

Using Design Thinking to Craft Better Learning Solutions, Part 2

My colleague Laura Fletcher and I have spent quite a bit of time studying design thinking, a problem-solving technique. We’ve also spent the past 18 months using our company as a learning lab to evolve the use of its various steps and tools as we’ve developed learning solutions for clients. We both read this recent blog post about design thinking being a fad and the author’s dismissal of the…

Using Design Thinking to Craft Better Learning Solutions, Part 1

If you spend any time on social media, you have probably noticed the buzz about design thinking. No matter what field you’re in, it seems like an epidemic taking hold of one industry at a time, the way 6Sigma and Agile methodology did in past years. If you follow BLP specifically, you know we have written blog posts, hosted a webinar, and written an eBook on the topic. Speaking from my own…

Design Thinking Webinar

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25 Design Thinking Resources for Corporate Learning Professionals

In this article, we've compiled 25 of our favorite design thinking resources—from inspiration and worksheets to academic research. For learning professionals, design thinking challenges us to think about the learning solutions we design in terms of objectives, motivation, and barriers. We are so focused on solving our business problems that we don't adequately consider the perspective of the…

Design Thinking: Level-Up the Learner Experience

Two years ago I was at a CLO conference in Austin, Texas. The keynote speaker asked a question that gave me pause then – and continues to drive me now. He asked, “Is the 45-minute course you created a good use of 45 minutes of the learner’s life? Because those are 45 minutes of time that individual does not get back.” “Learner experience” (LX) is an emerging buzz term that…

The Design Meeting: 3 Keys to Success for Instructional Designers

By the time I led my first design meeting, I had attended countless similar meetings as a content developer. While I appreciated the new challenge of being responsible for the design, I had watched my skilled colleagues lead these meetings many times before… What could go wrong? Well, it turns out, there is a lot of information that bubbles up during design. What I had not accounted for was how…

How to Design Great Learning Experiences Instead of Just Delivering Content

Let’s pretend you’re going on vacation with a friend we’ll call Suzy.  You tell Suzy you love vacation planning and you’ll take care of everything. Suzy is a busy woman and says “Great!”. You agree on the week to go, a climate, and a budget, and you immerse yourself in planning. You know Suzy enjoys being active, how much she’s is willing to spend, and that you both…