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8 Resources Exploring Learning Experience Design (LX Design)

by Kelly Walsh on January 17, 2017



LX Design Brings Together Numerous Learning Disciplines describes Learning Experience Design (LX Design) as, “the process of creating learning experiences that enable the learner to achieve the desired learning outcome in a human centered and goal oriented way.”

This page from takes a more utilitarian approach, explaining that LX Design is “a synthesis of instructional design, educational pedagogy, neuroscience, social sciences, design thinking, and UI/UX”.

While exploring LX Design via the web, a good number of resources that dig deeper into the subject can be found. Once does come away feeling that this is very much an evolving construct, and that there really is no definitive definition (although I also noticed that the folks at Six Red Marbles have trademarked the phrase, so maybe they’ll have more rights than others to ‘own’ the official definition). Nevertheless, this encompassing idea is well worth exploring further and incorporating into course and lesson design practices.

Web Resources Exploring LX Design

LX Design: Joyce Seitzinger and Jessica Knott, Ph.D. developed this site, working with Mark Smithers. They explain on their Who We Are Page:

Traditional learning design methods and processes don’t seem very well matched to the increasingly advanced digital services and products we both work on in our day jobs. Though on different continents, we’ve both been involved in industry projects and developments that have been driven by user experience design. And individually we decided it would make sense to begin using UX methods in our learning design work.

This LX Design web page includes a good number of blog posts that provide tips, tools, and insights into Learning Experience Design and related topics.

This slide share from Marty Rosenheck offers some great visuals that both illustrate and educate:

This blog post, “Learning Experience Design in Action“, by Clark Quinn provides a nice set of principles and perspectives. I love this Mission Statement: “It is our mission to design a wise world where people learn from experiences they enjoy and deserve”. They are sponsoring Second Annual Learning Experience Design Conference in the Netherlands in March. This particular web site doesn’t contain a lot of resources, but they do offer a few ways to connect.

Foundations of Learning Experience Design (LXD) Webinar Series: These webinars are a bit vendor- and product- centric, but they are free and on demand, and offer helpful insights.

This eBook by Robert Kelly, Creative Development: Transforming Education through Design Thinking, Innovation and Invention comes up under a search for “exploring “learning experience design” resources”.

Free DOLES Designing Online Learning Experiences” course from Stanford. While not focused directly on LX Design, this is a self-paced mini course that can equip educators to leverage elements of Learning Experience Design.

The ISTE article, “Design An Engaging Virtual Learning Experience In 5 Steps” incorporates key aspects of LX Design.

So, there you have it … a nice set of resources for exploring Learning Experience Design. Of course, since LX Design brings together numerous learning design disciplines, it would be easy to continue to build on this listing by adding resources specific to those disciplines. I just don’t know how important it is to identify where one discipline “leaves off” and the other starts (if that makes sense).

Are you familiar with LX Design? Are there other resources you would recommend for learning more and helping interested educators understand the do’s and don’ts of the concept? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Thanks!



Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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Kelly Walsh January 28, 2017 at 7:45 am

Thanks Niels – keep up the great work!

Niels Floor January 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Hello Kelly,
Thank you for writing about LX Design and using our website as a source. You’re totally right about the lack of resources, we are working on adding resourses to the website. So be sure to come back some time.
Niels Floor

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