The design of holistic learning environments
instructional design; holistic design; learning environments
One of the factors that makes a design compelling is when it has a sense of harmony and completeness. When we experience the design, it does not feel like a collection of individual parts that just happen to be together. Instead, they “fit” together. In fact, we likely do not stop to consider the discrete components making up the design at all. But if we do notice the individual parts, we typically can sense how each belongs. There is a sense of balance and resonance that emerges from the precise configuration we experience. We see the design as a whole, meant to be experienced as a whole. And in the best cases, the sense of completeness and balance somehow extends into us—we feel more complete and more in balance because we have encountered something as complete and in balance as this design.
Original Publication Citation
McDonald, J.K. (2021). The design of holistic learning environments. In McDonald, J. K., & West, R. E. (Eds.), Design for learning: Principles, processes, and praxis. EdTech Books. Retrieved from https://edtechbooks.org/id/the_design_of_holistic
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
McDonald, Jason K., "The design of holistic learning environments" (2021). Faculty Publications. 5215.
David O. McKay School of Education
Instructional Psychology and Technology
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