“Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.”

Seen through an Instructional Design lens:

“Love what you learn and you will never study a day in your life.”

The BIG question:

Is it the job of the Instructional Designer to create learning modules that do not require “studying”?  hmmmm You can require reading, writing, researching, and practicing; but, you cannot make the learners feel like they are “studying”.

I have heard of learning environments that are so inspiring that learners wait at the door asking to come in (instead of waiting at the door asking to leave).  If you need proof – here is an example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFzClAe7zO8

In this video Peggy Sheehy talks about introducing her middle school students to the virtual world SecondLife.  The students learn exactly what you would expect: math (for building stuff); programming language (to customize their avatar); sharing (you even have to share stuff in the virtual world – ha ha).  And they explore some topics you might not expect: self-image; cyber-bullying; limit-setting; consequences of rule-breaking, etc.  All of this is LEARNING but none of this is STUDYING!

How about the instruction that was designed to include this:

http://www.scienceleadership.org/drupaled/blog/mhull/25-aug-2010/8030

This teacher had her students collect plastic bottle caps – for a project.  You have to use the link to see what they did!  Trust me – these students did not STUDY!

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