🦆 Interaction Nerds by UXA
This week from Investigation & Connection: Learning Media Design and Diversifying Design Leadership with Samantha Berg!
👋 Announcements — First Spring Investigation & Connection Issue!
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🐒 Campus Compass — Learning Media Design
How does design impact the way people learn? Can good design create better learning experiences? If so, how can the best learning experiences possible be created? Take a look at 05-291/691 Learning Media Design to learn more about the relationship between learning and design!
🔍 05-291 / 05-691 Learning Media Design
🤔 What is Learning Media Design?
Learning is a complex human phenomenon with cognitive, social and personal dimensions that need to be accounted for in the design of technology enhanced learning experiences. In this studio course students will apply learning science concepts to critique existing forms of learning media, establish a set of design precedents to guide project work and produce a series of design concepts that support learning interactions in a real-world context.
🧐 What do you do in Learning Media Design?
Collaborating in small interdisciplinary teams, students will partner with a local informal learning organization (e.g. museum, after school program provider, maker space) to conduct learning design research studies, synthesize findings, establish learning goals and iteratively prototype and assess design concepts. As final deliverables, students will present their design research findings, design concepts, and prototypes to stakeholders, and draft a media-rich proposal for their learning media concept to pitch to a local funder.
😯 Who should take Learning Media Design?
Learning Media Design does not have any prerequisites, but please note that there may be usage materials fees associated with this course.
😎 Field Trip - Diversifying Design Leadership with Samantha Berg
Curious about design leadership and some of the challenges surrounding creating design teams? Want insight into how the UX industry has changed in the past 20 years? This week, we spoke to Samantha Berg about her experiences in the UX industry and some key insights she’s picked up throughout her expansive career.
There’s a lot we can do to make the workplace a better place for everybody, and we are ignoring a lot of that hard work because we are so focused on the goals of the company that we don’t have the time to think about some of those efforts.
— Samantha Berg
🤔 Who’s behind the scenes?
Thanks for reading this week’s Interaction Nerds by CMU UXA! The editors behind this work are Sophie McGrady, Caleb Sun, Arin Pantja, and Rebecca Jiang.
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