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Handbook of Design in Educational Technology by Niall Winters, Joshua Underwood, Barbara L Grabowski, Peter Goodyear, Sadhana Puntambekar, Rosemary Luckin

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6 Using Technology Probes to Understand Educational Design Spaces

Madeline Balaam

Introduction

Learner-centred design (LCD) is an orientation to design that focuses on the needs, motivations, requirements and practices of the learner and, ideally, also the context within which the learning interaction is taking place. In doing so, the designer hopes to create an intervention that works to provide a rich, effective learning experience for the learner in question (Good & Robertson, 2006). There are many possible ways of involving a learner in the process of LCD. LCD can be interpreted as the designer deeply engaging with theory to infer a learner’s needs. Taking this approach, the end product is informed by an understanding of learners’ needs and ...

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