“What do architectural design, software design, and instructional design all have in common?”
- “The Curb Cut Effect: How Making Public Spaces Accessible to People With Disabilities Helps Everyone”
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What do architectural design, software design, and instructional design all have in common? At first thought, you might believe “not much”. But let’s look a little deeper.
Architectural design is an amazing combination of creating buildings that have an important function, but that also are aesthetically pleasing. The best architects pride themselves on designing buildings that serve their purpose, and are nice to look at.
Software and web designers do something very similar. They design a program or site for a particular set of functions, and it’s extremely important for the program or site to perform that function very well. But, it’s also important for that program or that website to provide a pleasant experience to the user.
The same need to provide a balanced approach to both essential function and aesthetic appeal factors into the way we design instruction. We don’t fault visitors for not wanting to come to a building that isn’t very functional or that isn’t very pleasant to be in. We don’t fault users for not using a program or website that doesn’t do what they want it to do, or is too hard for them to use for the intended purpose.
We can design quality instruction that does the work of upholding high standards for all students, while providing a warm, inviting environment that engages each student to do his or her very best.
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