Starting with the Student/Youth Perspective: I love the toolkit RETHINK: Planning and Designing for K-12 Next Generation Learning produced by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) for K-12 district, charter, and school leaders to use in the very early stages of conceptualizing and designing a next generation learning program, initiative, or whole school. There is such power when we start with the student’s perspective. Here they are:
- Personalized to my needs and learning goals
- Flexible so that I can try different ways to learn
- Interactive and engaging to draw me in
- Relevant to the life I’d like to lead
- Paced by my own progress and measured against goals I understand
- Constantly informed by different ways of demonstrating and measuring my progress
- Collaborative with faculty, peers, and others; not limited by proximity
- Responsive and supportive when I need extra help
- Challenging but achievable with opportunities to become an expert in an area of interest
- Available to me as much as it is to every other student
Transparent Design Principles: Once upon a time, we hired experts to figure things out for us. We knew what their expertise was but not necessarily their values and assumptions. Nowadays, there is much more transparency about design principles and much stronger emphasis on co-design. It’s really helpful when you can see the values or principles that are driving a company up front – 2Revolutions put their design principles out front. So does the Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab based at the College of Education, University of Kentucky (they are partners in CCSSO’s Innovation Lab Network). Wouldn’t it be interesting to see how a traditional district or school would describe their design principles? Perhaps we should all put our design principles and values on our resumes?
If you see other powerful design principles or use of them, please send them our way.