Implement Design Thinking in Your LMS Development

How to Implement Design Thinking in Your LMS Development Solution

Online training organizations are now trying to quickly find solutions that can make onboarding content easy to find. Teachers and students always look for training material on the LMS that won’t involve any technical person. But how is this possible?

Design thinking is a human-based approach that helps to solve this problem. Here in this blog, I will discuss how design thinking can be applied to create better LMS solutions. It involves systems and strategies that refine and improve the design process and keep the learner’s needs and experience at the forefront.

It is all about ensuring that you are able to create your training material with the learner experience as the focus of your mind. While creating your LMS solutions, design thinking allows the organizations to be innovative and disrupt the traditional development processes that no longer meet the needs of the learners and the teachers.

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If you are willing to apply design thinking to your content, then here are some questions that you should ask yourself:

  1. What do you understand by a great learner experience and how should it look from the start to finish?
  2. How can we use various tools and software to make the learners and the trainers more productive?
  3. How can trainers inspire learning and also learner collaboration in every aspect of the course material?

Once you are able to answer all these questions, you can create a design thinking path for yourself and make it functional.

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Your Design Thinking Model for E-Learning:

The design thinking model consists of five parts and they are:

Emphasize: This is a step where the Instructional Designers try to understand the pain points and also the challenges or the gaps that have to be addressed.  Earlier thinking analyzed the content and the audience demographics as the first step of requirement gathering and analysis.

It is by using the design thinking model that the instructional designers can now focus more on the understanding of the emotional and psychological needs of the people. It helps them to understand how learners do things and what they feel about the current situation and what they do in order to make the job meaningful.

Define: While creating course materials for an LMS development solution, instructional designers define the exact problem in the organization and the challenges that the learners face during their training sessions and how they can solve the problem. And for this they need to do a little research before they work out a definition.

Ideation: In this phase, the designer or the course writers talk to various people that includes the visual designers, SMEs and other stakeholders to come up with creative ideas that may lead to a great solution that will work.

There are times when the client does not know his exact requirements and it is only after understanding the psychological needs of the learners and discussion of all ideas that they can come up with exclusive ideas and plan a great LMS solution.

Prototype: This may be like a simple explainer video or it may be a wholesale redesign. Whatever it is that you think would work, give it your best shot.  Create a preliminary solution so that you have a clear notion of whether it is going to work or not before you commit to the idea.

Test: This is the final and the most important step while using design thinking in LMS. Test the e-learning solution and validate its fit for purpose.

In case there are some issues, then iterate back to the previous phase “Prototype” and modify or make improvements in the prototypes based on the results that are derived from the testing. It is important to assure alignment.

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