CEL creates valuable online learning experiences


Introducing User Experience Design for Learning (UXDL)


The Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) at the University of Waterloo is committed to creating well-designed, evidence-based online courses that provide valuable learning experiences for students. We strive to design courses that integrate learning theory, the pedagogical design vision of the course author, and rapidly-evolving student expectations for engaging and connected online experiences.

To ensure that our students, our users, are always front of mind, we have adopted Morville's user experience (UX) honeycomb as a framework to guide our design and development process. We’ve adapted the honeycomb for a teaching and learning context, incorporated the work of a host of leading UX specialists and cognitive psychologists, and created a cohesive set of guidelines to help online course designers, developers, and authors “make connections that make a difference” (Morville, 2016). We call our framework user experience design for learning (UXDL). Click each cell to find out how to create learning experiences that are useful, desirable, accessible, credible, and intuitive (findable & usable).

"I am inspired by the work of the Centre for Extended Learning at the intersection of user experience and instructional design. Since I created the User Experience Honeycomb in 2004, it has been adopted and adapted by people and organizations all over the world. But the framework that CEL has developed for creating valuable online learning experiences is my favorite application yet. I hope to see it spread more widely, because it has tremendous promise to help teachers and students make connections that make a difference."(Peter Morville, 2016)