Learner Experience designers, merge design-thinking principles with curriculum development and application of emerging technologies to help...tailor content to student behaviors and preferences.' (Whitney Kilgore, EdSurge.com)
The discipline of instructional design is changing and evolving to adapt to the needs and expectations of the people we serve. Our clients, the people who engage with our courses, are used to high-design technology and functionality, and expecting stale learning experiences to engage them is wishful thinking.
With technology enabling far more student interaction, they are encouraged to bring more of their personal experiences, needs and expectations to the solution. They are expected to collaborate and reach out to fellow students, learning support staff and relevant experts beyond the course.
The one caveat is to be certain the the experiences that we design are purposeful, and lead to an intended outcome, and avoid the 'Disneyfication' of our learning design.
This is a fascinating development and an exciting opportunity to combine learner data, learning science and learning technology to provide an enriching, satisfying experience for all students.