Erin Huizenga

🤖 Do we design learning experiences with AI in mind?

🤖 Do we design learning experiences with AI in mind?

The question “Do you design learning experiences with AI in mind?” has come up A LOT lately. Yes. We do. Of course. But what does this truly signify? The Role of AI in Learning Design It could be driven by a desire to innovate and stay ahead of the curve or a fear of being […]

My Operating System: Creating a Humanized Narration Frame for Students to Market Their Collegiate to Career Experiences

Collisions in College to Career When I was an undergrad at Mount Holyoke College, I signed a piece of paper declaring a traditional major, but I couldn’t have felt more misplaced at that moment. I despised having to be assigned a pre-formed label and nomenclature to my multiple passions. I always wanted to connect the […]

Planting Seeds: How Online Gaming Might Influence Innovation in Urban Agriculture

As we pass the one year mark since the pandemic plunged us into what feels like a completely digital existence, we reflect on the importance a truly immersive digital experience can have on our lives. Many things we thought could only be experienced in person are now virtual. However, we quickly learned that the relationship […]

Creating Socialization Opportunities in American 1st & 2nd Grade eLearning

Due to the COVID pandemic, teachers, and students have been forced to transition to eLearning. 1st and 2nd grade are so essential for academic success because it strengthens the basics to move forward successfully. Parents and teachers are worried that constant screen time and lack of communication will cause students to lose out on fundamental […]

Apply for the BUILD Design Fellowship for Summer 2019

About BUILD BUILD is a mission-driven co-working space for community-serving organizations located in the heart of the Five Points neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. The BUILD Design Fellowship is a partnership between Radian, a non-profit architecture and urban design group that serves community advocates through a people-centered approach. Together, we are excited to bring on a Community […]

Why college?

If colleges and universities want to increase student retention, improve graduation rates, improve industry relations, and enhance student-faculty engagement, they must alter their narrative and their products. Two weeks ago, our 9-year-old son Knox asked me, “Do I need to go to college?” It was that moment of parental panic when you think to yourself, […]

They are we: what I learned from teaching inside a prison.

Photo courtesy of Defy Ventures. Originally posted on on December 16, 2017. This is a story about my journey to and through Wallkill Prison a year ago today. What’s inspiring you lately? 10,000 people are released each week from prisons across the country and the majority will struggle to find any kind of employment. […]

To designers looking for meaningful work.

Young emerging leaders are a driven bunch. I’ve seen it first hand in our work building Till School and in my teaching at Northwestern and Institute of Design. 79% of young leaders believe the best days are ahead based on this Telefonica global study. They value entrepreneurship, want economic progress that aligns with their values, and they believe they […]

Learning is personal.

Originally posted on on September 15, 2018. Reflections on learning design from the Virtual Harvard Yard. Recently I enrolled in a course at Harvard as part of a Certificate in Learning Design and Technology. As part of this first course on empowering the adult online learner, we have been asked to watch and write about […]

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