Looking back at iDesignX

Missed out on iDesignX? Here's a quick recap to keep you in the loop.

On 24 and 25 February, iDesignX celebrated its 10 year anniversary by taking us Back to the Future with Androgogic as their Trailblazer partner. This year’s conference tackled some of the most pressing questions in learning design, with Headliner talks from some of the best and brightest in the industry.

Lauren Waldman, CEO of Learning Pirate, opened the first day of the conference by highlighting the importance of integrating neuroscience with learning design. She underscored the need for learning design to facilitate metacognitive awareness and allow learners to ask questions such as, “What do I know?” “What do I think I know?” and “What do I not know?” 

Alexander Roche, Androgogic’s Principal Educational Technologist, presented his Headliner talk on managing quality in courseware design and development on the first day of the conference. He emphasised the benefits of Learning Content Management Systems (LCMSs), which included content indexing, smart object tagging, version control, and content security. Alexander also explored the significance of metadata in LCMSs and its ability to be a part of complex workflowssomething that learning designers might overlook.

Emma Henning - Androgogic’s Director of Learning Experiences - shared a recent best practice project on day two. Emma detailed the process and outcomes of developing the award-winning MATE Bystander Program, which empowers learners to be active bystanders when confronted with behaviours associated with gender-based violence. She highlighted that the development of character and plot storylines throughout a virtual reality (VR) simulation helps learners to fully immerse themselves in the experience. Emma summed up her talk with a quote from Aleks Krotoski, “Stories are memory aids, instruction manuals, and moral compasses.”

As the future of learning technology rapidly advances, iDesignX reminded learning designers that it’s important to look back and remember where we came from. With so many insightful learning designers in one place developing learning experiences with state of the art knowledge and technology, the future for learners definitely looks bright.

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