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What's the most painful part of designing a learning experience?
The six most common pains suffered daily by people like us.
Hey Folks! 👋
Over the last few months I’ve been doing some research into the pain experienced by people who design learning experiences.
So far I’ve interviewed around 200 people from around the world: everyone from experts in content authoring through to L&D folks, HR professionals, freelance instructional designers (entry, mid & senior), online content creators & lots of others in between.
Despite the diversity of this group, I’ve uncovered some interesting repeated patterns of pain:
🎓 Accessing learning science research: “Most of the stuff I need to read is locked behind firewalls. Sometimes I have to spend 50 dollars to access a single article - it’s just not sustainable. Not being able to access this stuff makes it impossible to design experiences which are optimised for engagement & impact.”
🧠 Translating learning science research into design decisions: “The research is dense and complicated; translating it into actual design practices is a full time job in itself.”
📑 Managing project timelines & stakeholders: “Only about 25% of my time is spent on instructional design; the rest is admin, scheduling & meetings.”
📈 Visualising & documenting my design in a way that works for all stakeholders: “I tend to work on paper & post its. Then, I’ll transfer my design to PowerPoint or Miro to present the information nicely. Next, I’ll transfer my design to a spreadsheet so it’s structured & ready to build.”
💾 Version control & tracking comments / changes: “Working across so many different documents with so many different stakeholders makes version control and tracking comments & changes a bit of a nightmare. One of the reasons I spend so much time in sync meetings is just to keep track.”
👨🎨 Visual / UX / UI / graphic design: “As an instructional designer I’m expected not only to design learning experiences but also user experiences, interactions & graphics. This is a whole separate discipline & is utterly overwhelming sometimes.”
What’s your experience?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments, below:
🚀 Do any of these pain points resonate with you?
🚀 Is there any pain we haven’t uncovered yet?
🚀 How do you navigate these challenges?
🚀 What would a dream solution look like?
🙏 As a thank you: everyone who responds by June 15th will be entered into a draw for a free place on my Learning Science Bootcamp (usually £650).
Happy Designing! 👋