⏱ 3-5 minute video and read
Before we start designing learning experiences, it’s best to start with determining our mindset when it comes to teaching and learning.
Watch this 2-minute video to find out:
Read the transcript
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A mindset is made up of beliefs, values, and philosophies.
It affects the way we see the world around us. For example, as designers, we try to have a growth mindset – to see challenges and failures as opportunities for learning.
In the same way, our mindset also influences the way that we design.
The Mindsets phase of MISMO invites us to articulate what we bring as we design the learning experience. It helps ground the LX in what you’re good at, and what you believe in, so when you’re deep in the building stage or you’re feeling stuck in the design process, you can go back to these mindsets to help you make decisions.
Also, if you’re working with a team, aligning with each other makes it easier to move forward.
So think about these questions to get more familiar with your mindsets.
You can get a sheet of paper and write the first things that come to mind.
What are my strengths as an educator?
What are my values as a person?
What are my personal preferences when it comes to teaching and learning?
Alright… you might need more than a minute to reflect on these questions, and that’s okay. Just remember, taking this time to articulate and share our mindsets will help us move forward with the LX design process.
To give you more ideas of what an articulated mindset looks like, allow us to share what we do in Habi. For us at Habi, our mindset when we approach our work is rooted in our design principles. Our design principles are our compass – they guide us in our process and help define what we mean when we say a learning experience is “well-designed”.
We always strive to make well-designed learning experiences that are:
Malinaw / Clear
Our learning experiences should be clearly structured, easy to understand and easy to use. Instructions are scaffolded and any confusion should be avoided or easily clarified. Learners should be able to say “Gets ko” at the end of it
Kasya / Lahat
Our learning experiences should have space that can accommodate everyone and bring them together cohesively. It should integrate different disciplines, points of view and perspectives and create healthy dialogue. Learning experiences must be accessible, respectful and open, and learners should feel “Kasama ako”.
Makatao / Human
Our learning experiences should be approachable, relatable and authentic to our learners. There has to be opportunities for learners to participate or it should prompt them towards action and self-efficacy. Learners should be able to say “Kaya ko” by the end of the learning experience.
Nagsusulong / Inspiring
Our learning experiences should offer something new and exciting to our learners. It should be innovating or evolving every time while being well-crafted and delightful. It should leave learners with a feeling of inspiration and optimism, and make them feel “Gusto Ko” throughout the experience.
These design principles serve as the heart of our work, and this list might also grow depending on the work we need to do, like special considerations due to our learners, partners or clients.
We hope our design principles give you an idea of how you can define your own mindset. By being more deliberate about what we value and believe in (and putting it down on paper!), it makes it easier for us to be consistent in the quality of our work.