Feb 142014
 

This article correlates the adult learning experience with an at large user experience by looking beyond curriculum design and considering all aspects of learning. The author models his concept on Jesse James Garrett’s Elements of User Experience. As a web and technology instructor I greatly appreciate the merit of this approach.

Designing learning experiences must be treated in the same way as designing any sort of user experience. Learners, just like users, have needs that can only be solved through proper research, design, validation, and iteration.

Anyone involved in adult learning should step outside the limiting boundaries of curriculum design in order to account for the learner’s entire experience. By only focusing on content, we are missing out and what actually makes up a person’s reality, including the environment in which they’re learning in, and their lives before and after the learning experience.

Elements of Learning Experience Design « Boxes and Arrows.

Feb 112014
 

What a brilliant idea! Deliver an online course to a learner’s inbox one lesson at a time. At the end of each lesson simply click a link to trigger delivery of subsequent lessons. If learners lose track or interest you can trigger occasional reminders and you can even tie in ecommerce if you want to charge for your course

This can all be done using MailChimp. The author walks you through the MailChimp configuration process step-by-step which really amounts to calling up integrated event triggers.

How To Create A Self-Paced Email Course | Smashing Magazine.

Jan 282014
 

This is a really interesting article on changing jobs or roles in your career. The author expounds on his own experience in moving from designer to developer and what he discovered along the way. Key points are motivation and how to manage “changing lanes” with others in your organization. He also explores generalist knowledge and subject matter expertise and the context of their importance.

Changing Lanes « Boxes and Arrows.

Jan 092014
 

This article is speaking to the choir for me. It rings true and reminds my of why a really enjoy teaching web design. It’s wonderful to pass along what I’ve learned and it really helps me better communicate technical concepts to non-technical individuals. There’s more, but you have to read the article. Suffice to say, I think the article author is right on the money.

The Challenges And Rewards Of Teaching Web Design | Smashing Magazine.

Dec 312013
 

This is a good resource for Dreamweaver alternatives. The author compares features so you can quickly see what’s missing and compare that to features you may need. If you’re on Windows, Microsoft Expression Web 4 is a good alternative.

10 Best Alternatives To Adobe Dreamweaver.

Dec 092013
 

This is a great little article on the creative process and those dedicated to it. One thing creative people who are dedicated to their art or craft require is time, and lots of it. This necessitates say no on a regular basis, especially to those who want your time so you can explain your creative process to them.

Creative People Say No — Thoughts on creativity — Medium.

Aug 302013
 

UX design starts with and is utterly dependent on thorough research of an organization, it’s competition, users, HCI, and other factors that may influence the ultimate effectiveness of a design. These articles are a good primer because they address issues on how to manage large amounts of user research so it’s integrated across an organization and not residing in department silos. Also covered is how to organize complex user research so it’s accessible to all and easy to comment on and share. Both articles include links to additional related resources.

Seeing the Elephant: Defragmenting User Research · An A List Apart Article
Connected UX · An A List Apart Article

Aug 292013
 

This looks like a good learning resource for beginners. I haven’t fully checked it out but my initial impression is positive. I like the video format and think this would be a good resource to use in conjunction with other more technical resources. Getting a grasp of basic concepts we designers consider simple can be extremely challenging for the beginner.

Don’t Fear the Internet by Jessica Hische & Russ Maschmeyer not Blue Oyster Cult.