As a learning experience designer, I use interactive design principles to create practical courses for adult learners. Interactive design is a design approach that emphasizes the user’s participation in the learning process, rather than passively receiving information. It allows learners to engage with the content, interact with others, and apply what they have learned. Here are some ways I use interactive design to develop practical courses for adult learners.
Interaction design is about encouraging active learning through the lens of the user’s experience.
What I do
Identify the learners’ needs: Before you design any course, you need to understand the learners’ needs. You can use surveys, focus groups, and interviews to gather this information. Adult learners come with their own experiences, motivations, and goals, so you must design courses that meet their specific needs.
Set clear learning objectives: Once you know the learners’ needs, you can set clear learning objectives. These objectives should be specific, measurable, and relevant to the learners’ needs. This will help learners to understand what they will be able to do after completing the course.
Engage Purposeful Learning
Use multimedia: Interactive design often involves multimedia, such as video, audio, animations, and graphics. These can be used to convey information more engagingly and cater to different learning styles.
Encourage active learning: Adult learners are more likely to retain information if they actively participate in the learning process. The interactive design encourages learners to engage with the content through activities such as quizzes, simulations, and case studies.
Provide opportunities for social interaction: Adult learners often value opportunities to interact with others on a similar learning journey. Interactive design can include features that allow learners to connect, such as discussion forums, group projects, and peer feedback.
Provide feedback: Interactive design can allow learners to receive immediate feedback on their progress, which can help to reinforce learning and provide motivation. This can include automated feedback through quizzes and assessments and feedback from instructors and peers.
I create engaging, relevant, and practical courses for adult learners using interactive design principles.