Some of the world's most successful companies such as Apple, Google, and Airbnb use 'Design Thinking'. But what is this process, and what does it have to do with learning pathways?
A learning pathway is an online or blended roadmap of content and activities that a learner works through in their own pace, hosted on a Learning Management System (LMS) / Learning Experience Platform (LXP).
Humans want to be perfectionists.
The thought of releasing a learning pathway to employees that is ‘less than perfect’ can be stressful. Often, the task of curating the perfect content can be so daunting that people are put off from starting the task at all.
The solution to this is applying Design Thinking, and in particular, the concept of MVP.
Design Thinking is a process which focuses on producing innovative and creative solutions to the end user's problems.
The main objective is to improve products by understanding how users interact with a LMS. These are the five key steps of Design Thinking:
An MVP is a minimum viable product. This is an important part of Design Thinking.
The aim of an MVP is to develop a new product with sufficient features so as to satisfy early users, but waiting to develop advanced features until enough feedback on the basic version has been received.
This means that designers focus on creating a product that is functional and reliable, before anything else.
This is both cost and time effective: by gathering feedback first, no time or money need to be wasted on developing features which aren’t desired.
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By applying the idea of Design Thinking and MVP, we encourage you to avoid worrying about producing the perfect final learning pathway the first time around, and rather just to put out a functional learning pathway on your LXP or LMS which you can then improve after further analysis and feedback.
The idea of uploading content for employees can be daunting. How will you know if they will find the content engaging and enjoyable? People can spend too much time trying to curate the perfect content. But, applying the concept of MVP, these are the best steps to take:
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Setting quizzes is an effective way to measure your employees' knowledge and test their understanding of certain topics. Instead of expending too much energy focusing on curating the perfect quiz, focus on following the MVP philosophy:
Ultimately, applying Design Thinking and the idea of MVP can be immeasurably helpful when creating Learning Pathways. Instead of spending too much time and effort on the ‘final product’, it’s always best to get a basic version out of the door, which you can then tweak and change as necessary.
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