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The LDT MA project trap

Mike Griffin 20100211


   
    

Or, how I learned to stop polishing and start iterating

The LDT MA project trap

Mike Griffin 20100211





  
   



Learning

Design

Technology
     
 
Let’s make something amazing.

Learning

Design

Technology
     
 
Let’s make something that makes change.

Learning

Design

Technology

    

  

    
  
 



 

Learning

Design Strong visual design, coherent system

Technology
    
 


Learning Realistic lesson plans, new research

Design Strong visual design, coherent system

Technology
    
 


Learning Realistic lesson plans, new research

Design Strong visual design, coherent system

Technology Feature-rich, robust applications


Let’s make something that makes change.
  
  


  
  

  

Understand
  
  


  
  

  
Understand something
about the world.

Understand
  
  


  
  

  

Understand Intervene
  
  


  
  

  
Introduce a ‘thing’ you’d
expect to make a difference.

Understand Intervene
  
  


  
  

  

Understand Intervene Measure


  
  


  
  

  
See if you’ve move
the needle.

Understand Intervene Measure


    
  
  

Understand Intervene Measure



 
  

Field research

Learning research literature

Domain literature

Surveys

Understand Intervene Measure

New reports

Personal experience

 
   
Curriculum plans

Flash prototype

Web sites

Complete applications

Understand Intervene Measure

Paper prototypes

Hardware

  
 
Focus groups

User study

Learner study

Usability lab

Understand Intervene Measure

Heuristics

Field trial
    
  
  

Understand Intervene Measure


    
   

 
 
Value for learners

Strategic goals

Understand Intervene Measure


    
   

 
 
Value for learners

Strategic goals

Understand Intervene Measure

Demonstrating skills for degree and career




{ the trap }


  

 



Understanding


  

 



Background research
Discussions with advisors

Understanding


  

 




   

An idea
  
 
    

Intervening
  
 
    

Intervening
  
 
    

Intervening
  
 
    

Intervening
  
 
    

Visual design
Coding
Curriculum design
Division of labor

Intervening
  
 
    


 
 


Measuring


 
 


User study at the end

Measuring


 
 


   


Another idea

   


Ideas for further research

Lessons learned

Changes that would improve the original idea


     
 
  

Is this a good idea?

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?

?
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Is it better than other ideas?


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A process for hunting value…

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{ avoiding the trap }


     
    
 

Understanding
     
    
 

Background research
Discussions with advisors

Understanding


  
  

 

An idea


  
  

 

An (incorrect) idea


  
  
Hypothesis

 

An (incorrect) idea


  
  
Hypothesis


 

An (incorrect) idea
  
 
Hypothesis

      


   

Intervening
  
 
Hypothesis

      


   

Quick and dirty


Easy to make

Intervening
  
 
Hypothesis

      


Paper prototypes
   

Quick and dirty


Easy to make

Intervening
  
 
Hypothesis

      


Paper prototypes

   

Quick and dirty


Easy to make

Intervening


 

Hypothesis

  

Paper prototypes

Measuring


 

Hypothesis

  

Paper prototypes

Quick and dirty

Out in the real world

What’s weak?

Measuring


 

Hypothesis

  

Paper prototypes

Rapid testing

Quick and dirty

Out in the real world

What’s weak?

Measuring


 

Hypothesis

  

Paper prototypes
Rapid testing

Quick and dirty

Out in the real world

What’s weak?

Measuring


    
  
Hypothesis
Paper prototypes
Rapid testing 



    
  
Hypothesis
Paper prototypes
Rapid testing 


Pause and reflect




    
  
Hypothesis
Paper prototypes
Rapid testing 


Do it again


    
  
Hypothesis
Paper prototypes
Rapid testing 

Iteration


    
  
Hypothesis
Paper prototypes
Rapid testing 

Iteration


    
  
Hypothesis
Paper prototypes
Rapid testing 

Iteration


    
  
Hypothesis
Paper prototypes
Rapid testing 

Iteration


    
  
Hypothesis
Paper prototypes
Rapid testing 

Iteration


    
  
Hypothesis
Paper prototypes
Rapid testing 

Iteration
 
    
Hypothesis
?

Paper prototypes ?
Rapid testing
Iteration ?

Stronger claims

?

    
Hypothesis
Paper prototypes
Rapid testing
Iteration

Much stronger story





 

 
   
Value

Strategic goals

Understand Intervene Measure





 

 
   
Value

Strategic goals

Understand Intervene Measure





 

 
Demonstrating skills for degree and career

   
Value

Strategic goals

Understand Intervene Measure


Special thanks to Jay Dautcher and Ron Conescu for their helpful comments!