Use the design process as you teach

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Using the design process can apply to visualising lessons, visualising assignments, visualising topics and for students to have an authentic, current framework to guide the development of their projects , assignments and tasks. The visually site has provided a clear process for using UX in the classroom as well as anywhere else. When you are using technology in the classroom then you can think in terms of micro content and macro content. On the Net micro content generally comes in social media sites – short, sharp and shiny . It can have an enormous impact and reach. Macro content will come on newspaper sites, blogs, academic sites where the content is developed and explored in a deeper, broader way and  usually backed by research. If you are using technology in class the micro content will support your main tasks and assignments. It will enhance the messages and learning focus. It may also be something you want to emphasise in particular before you put that in the context of the broader learning aims. I might teach the future tense so I can then get students to speak or write about their weekend or holiday plans. I might teach food and drinks so we can do a cafe conversation. I might show them a video on Jambon beurre so they get intrigued by French food as we are thinking about and planning our conversations. Relationship building is important because that is how you know your students and then how you can create learning experiences which mean something to them and you can adapt  a task so they enjoy what they are doing . It is then important to get the feedback and find out what everyone can improve next time. If I have ever offered an assignment or used methodology which is new to me I say that to the students and ask them to offer helpful ideas as we go along. The enjoy collaborating and being part of the design process when you are developing ideas which will work in class.That is how I use the design process to develop my own materials. Preparing materials with the user in mind is an integral part of delivering  content via technology.

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