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This Think Tank looks at the role of design in our lives; more specifically, how an understanding of design principles can enhance our teaching/learning materials, our lessons, and even the delivery of a whole curriculum. We are not just talking about making things look better. We are talking about making them easier to use, directing users’ attention to where we want it to be, improving efficiency, and avoiding time-wasting confusion.
Curtis Kelly gets us started with an impassioned explanation of why language teachers should know about design. Rishma Hansil brings her expertise as a UX Designer to bear on her current profession as a language teacher, to offer some guiding principles of materials design. Next, Anton Vegel follows up with further practical applications of those principles. Julia Daley points out the benefits of taking things a step further by teaching design techniques to our students. Mohammad Khari takes us deeper by exploring the brain science behind design and applying it to lesson designs. Finally, the Think Tank Team looks at a video on Instructional Design by a good friend of the BRAIN SIG, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, and comes up with a long list of good reasons why you should watch it.
In our PLUS piece, Marc Helgesen offers some timely advice on ice-cream headaches.