Two for Tuesday: Story-Centered Design and Open Badges

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1) While this article focuses on how story-centered design can be used to design great products, it’s equally handy when designing learning experiences. Try to imagine a person’s actions step-by-step throughout the experience — beginning with the learning trigger (i.e. initial awareness of a need, training assignment, announcement, etc). Then, imagine the actions of another person in a different set of circumstances. As the article says, this will simulate the users’ experiences, uncover problems in the design, clarify goals, and more.

2) If you find yourself attempting to explain the value of Mozilla’s Open Badges to someone, show this diagram. As they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words.