Ever wonder what it means to "build a learning experience?" We're going to show you how we build learning experiences from the ground up in 5 easy steps. Let's put on our hard hats to take a step inside the construction site to see how it all comes together.
Much like building a house, you start at ground level as you begin to make plans for the future. With our learning experiences, we start with taking a look at what's already there, what we're working with, and then we begin to develop strategies for the future...or a blueprint of what might be included in the project. We do this through:
Expert Recommendations Workshopping
We give high-level recommendations to help you think through new approaches to your learning strategies.
Competitive Analysis Reviews
We provide a thorough analysis of what similar organizations are offering to inspire new ideas and identify unique approaches for your learning strategies.
SHUFFLE (A Workshopping Game We Created!)
We made strategizing feel like a game with this guided brainstorming session that can be done on your own or facilitated by the Desklight team.
Once you have a lot of land and a plan, it's time to start digging. When we are building learning experiences, we love to dig deep to uncover what your learners need and want to know. This is done through research on your learners that we are able to synthesize to pull valuable insights.
Using surveys, we identify meaningful insights and provide data-backed recommendations.
We use a toolkit of qualitative research approaches that allow us to build tailored recommendations based on identified needs.
We gather first-hand information about the learners' experience from diary studies with journey mapping to visualize their experience and identify design opportunities.
LAYING THE FOUNDATION
Anyone buying a house knows how important it is to check the foundation for signs of cracking to save yourself from costly repairs and irreparable damage down the road. Similarly, we know the importance of building our learning experience on a solid foundation so they are future-proof and hold up under pressure. All of our learning experiences are centered firmly on the learner, and we accomplish that through these tools:
We identify the skills and competencies learners want and need to help you design holistic programs or courses that align with those needs.
We develop comprehensive programmatic offerings that will redefine how learners learn and how teaching is conducted in your organization.
We host team workshops focused on your audience personas, learning methods, outcomes, and objectives.
FOLLOWING THE FRAMEWORK
Have you ever been in a basement that wasn't framed out yet and scratched your head wondering where everything was supposed to go? You might see some plumbing for the bathroom, but you'd definitely need an expert opinion to make sure you were properly utilizing the space. Similarly, we can build a framework for you to clearly see how your learning experience can come together in a way that makes the most sense. We do this through:
Portfolio of Learning
We help organizations develop a portfolio of learning assets, such as micro-courses, videos, a community of practice, peer mentoring, facilitator guides, and toolkits.
Instructional + Curriculum Design
We develop engaging instructional materials, followed by training for the instructors that will ensure effective teaching methods of the curriculum.
For those who want a fully crafted learning experience, we can guide you through all the final finishing touches. This includes fully building out your learning experience, and testing the learning experience to ensure everything is functioning just right.
Learning Experience Prototypes
We create a learning experience prototype that allows for feedback gathering to optimize the learning experience before implementation.
Learning Experience Testing
We create testing plans that invite feedback gathering to see if your learning experience prototype will hold up under pressure before full implementation.
SECURING YOUR BUILD
New construction homes often offer a warranty to make sure they don't leave you high and dry in a faulty build. One of the things that makes us different at Desklight is we believe in offering continued support as you implement your learning initiatives. Here are a few ways we do this:
Learning Experience Coaching
Receive ongoing advising, support, and guidance from our team to address questions, provide recommendations, and ensure continuous support in your learning initiatives.
Discover new ways to integrate daily learning habits into your workplace for continued growth and development for you and your organization with 2-5 day learning retreats.
Spotlight the benefits of learning experiences and learning leadership within your organization by inviting a member of the Desklight team to speak at an event.
Desklight learning experiences are built different. Using a learner-focused approach, we develop effective learning strategies that include engaging and inclusive content. Through value-driven partnerships, we consistently design innovative learning experiences that prepare organizations for the future of learning.
Are you ready to blueprint, build out, or remodel a learning experience in your organization? We can help you with any one step of the process, or help you from start to finish. Reach out to our team at email@example.com to get your project rolling.