learning design canvas
A Learning Design Canvas (LDC) is a simple design tool that helps you map out all of the steps of design for a learning event on on page. I created the LDC by mashing Dr. Jane Vella's Steps of Design with Osterwalder and Pigeneur's Business Model Generation Canvas, a great one-page tool for drawing out a business idea.
How to Use the LDC
- Watch this video that explains how to map out the Steps of Design.
- Download the PDF in either Legal (8.5 x 11) or Tabloid (11 x 17) format.
- Print one copy for the group or one per member as you wish.
- Write your ideas on small (1.5 x 2") post-its and stick them in the appropriate quadrants for each design parameter. Using post-its allows you to edit freely.
- Start by naming the elements that you know about the event or that have already been decided (e.g. dates, location, keynote).
- Fill in the additional details as you design and modify them as you design the program further.
NB: A LDC is not a substitute for a program or full learning design. You will also need to provide additional details on the Learning Tasks on another page.
Advantages of Using the LDC
Using a LDC can help you collect your thoughts, name what is missing and ensure that the program holds together.
I also find it useful when designing a workshop, webinar or conference with a group because it ensures that everyone's concerns and helps "keep us the same page".
It can also be a useful evaluation tool to identify missing elements in a workshop design or event.