Taking a lesson from instructional designers
June 5, 2001
ACM (the parent organization to SIG-CHI, SIG-Graph, etc.) just launched a new site devoted to eLearning. It's still thin at the moment (they've not yet officially launched), but it looks like it may have some interesting material there.

While instructional design obviously is it's own specialty, it's one of the fields that's closely related to UX and there's much we can learn. For example, one of the best lessons I took from instructional design is question: "What do you want students to be able to do as a result of your lesson?" While good user experience designers ask what goals users themselves are trying to accomplish, it's good to also turn the question around so we don't lose sight of business goals either. ::

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Your thoughts…

Thanks for mentioning eLearn magazine - I'm the Editor-in-Chief and we want people to read and contribute to it. To your comments, I'd like to add that people in e-learning can learn from user experience the importance of focusing on the learner experience - as well as the experiences of the instructor, support staff, etc. - to drive the design of courses and tools.

Lisa Neal @ 06.10.2001

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