A learning environment, as discussed in my work, is a collection of resources and activities for learning, deliberately curated with a specific learning need in mind.
NOTE: This page is frequently updated as the framework evolves in my work.
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Over the last several years, I have been working on a model for learning environment design. At the moment, I am actively working on an e-book that pulls together my approach to the subject – and I’ll be teaching from the model in my Advanced Blended Learning: Learning Environments by Design course offered through the Guild Academy (eLearning Guild). I’m so excited!
Here are some of the more significant pieces, freshly edited for 2014. Below that, you’ll find links to some presentations and a list of related blog posts that trace some of my thinking as the framework has been evolving since 2007. (The newest material is better, I think, but I am biased.) You’ll see that earlier versions are quite different in the details.
If you are interested in seeing the draft of the e-book (in exchange for providing feedback), please contact me at clombardozzi@L4LP.com. Stay tuned here for announcements when it’s ready – the first release is targeted for May, 2014.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Here is a preview of the framework’s basics – you’ll need to click on the graphic to enlarge it to a readable size.
Here’s the model in its current form (updated February 2014):
Framework Graphic 2-9-2014 (PDF)
And here are my ideas around the components of a learning environment:
Component Chart 1-24-14 (PDF)
The need for a learning environment design framework
We who work in learning and development in organizations are being assailed with messages that traditional learning solutions are woefully inadequate to meet the needs of 21st century learners. We are told our processes are too slow, our solutions are too limited, and our learners are too used to self-provisioning for what is being offered. We are urged to increase our attention on informal learning, social media, and other self-directed strategies in addition to formal programs that have been in our traditional purview. To respond to these changing circumstances, we need a more comprehensive approach to supporting learning in organizations, and we need to provide strong non-training learning solutions.
For more on this context, see my article Taking Blended Learning to the Next Level, forthcoming in February.
In response to this need, I crafted some new approaches and frameworks that I collectively call Learning Environment Design. I hope you find them as useful as I do.
Evolving thinking on the framework…
Here’s a compilation on various blog posts related to the framework. I continue to develop the framework, so note the dates of the posts if you see inconsistencies contradictions. Book forthcoming. :-) Please comment or contact me if you’d like to discuss this framework further. I can be reached through my consulting practice, Learning 4 Learning Professionals.
Articles and Presentations
Learning Environments by Design for ASTD 2013 in Dallas, Texas
Learning Environments by Design for Training 2013 in Orlando, Florida
Creating Learning Environments, for LaSalle University’s Lunchtime Learning program, November 2012.
Learning Environments by Design: A Framework for Designing Comprehensive Learning Solutions, at Leading Edge 2012, Greater Philadelphia ASTD Regional Conference
Learning Environments by Design: Comprehensive Solutions for Complex Business Needs, at Learning 2011
Learning Environment Design, Learning Solutions Magazine, eLearning Guild, October 20, 2008 (Note: Very out-dated!)
The Learning Environment Design Framework
A Learning Environment Typology
Envisioning a Learning Suite
A learning environment’s ideal state
Strategizing informal learning
Learning Environment Design: What changes?
Design for “instruction” vs. design for a “learning environment”
A Ne(x)t Generation ADDIE Model
The ADDIE Spirograph
On Specific Learning Environment Components
An Object Lesson
Time for an Evolution
Learning from Experience
Enriching Learning by Connecting People
Breathing life into an informal learning strategy
You can lead a horse to water
Coaching informal learning