The “Define” step is about narrowing in and identifying a problem, or in our case, a challenge, based on what you know and have discovered about your learner. This is key to the design process as it is the focal point that you will use to build your solution. It is tempting to start BIG, but it is actually more productive and yields better results if you start with something small.

To Do:

  1. Define a learner challenge. Write it down and put it front and center. You will be using this for the next steps of the design thinking process.
  2. Add your challenge as a post to the collaborative Learner Challenge Bank padlet. This can be done anonymously, without logging in. Sharing here may help other spark more ideas!
  3. Take a screenshot of the area of the Padlet with your post.
  4. Edit the image to indicate which one is yours and insert it into a document. You can also add it to a Google doc and get a shareable link to it.
  5. Upload your saved image or add your shareable link with your explanation in your response to the Learner Challenge activity.
  6. After you make your submission, save the web address to your response (found in the green confirmation box) so you can use it later for your badge submission form.

This activity is part of the Define your learner challenge section of the Technologist Module.

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      shared by Cindy Cheung (@CCheung)

      Creating the Empathy map allowed me to narrow down specific challenges that the students face in my course. As an instructor, it is my goal for all students to reach a level of competence at the end of the course. My goal is not to make the learning a difficult and arduous journey, but a more… »

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    4 Responses to “Learner Challenge”

    1. Ahmed Mukhlis

      Students facing difficulties in completing the lab works using simulation, they need face – to – face class to collaborate with the teacher and real physical devices

    2. Tom Honey

      With group work in class, or on-campus I am looking to understand how to set up groups in teams and use/train the students with a steep learning curve in the using software to complement the information being provided in the LMS. Teams will be pivotal in ensuring success for a large project, using the file-sharing feature, and presenting remotely as a team.


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