How to Create a High Impact Digital
Learning Journey

1. Design
4. Analyze
2. Produce
3. Run

The 3 Elements of High Impact Learning Design

You Will Maximize Learning Impact by:

  1. Conducting a Diagnosis – Identify a clear problem to be solved (deficit gap) or vision to be achieved (abundance gap). Quantify the cost of inaction.
  2. Outlining Parameters – Decide on the key design parameters that will inform your high impact design
  3. Following Design Principles – Check that your design does not violate any key principles from Learning Science.


Be clear about the challenge that you are solving for. Are you designing a learning journey to improve a business performance metric? If so, you are designing to close a “Deficit” gap. Are you designing to move the organization towards an imagined future? To achieve a vision? If so, you are designing to close an “Abundance” gap. Sometimes it’s just a matter of point-of-view as to whether you’re closing a deficit gap or an abundance gap. The key to a solid diagnosis is to identify the cost of inaction. Do this by asking, “what happens if we do not take this learning journey?”

Design Parameters

There are four key design parameters that must be defined in order to inform the design blueprint. Each of these inputs will be used by the designer to determine the ideal elements of the learning experience. They include the blending of formal and informal learning, individual and group activities, synchronous and asynchronous modes, and digital and face-to-face environments.

Design Principles

There are 10 Design Principles which are the foundation for effective digital learning design. These proven principles are rooted in neuroscience, educational psychology, philosophy and anthropology. Following these principles will produce outcomes that greatly surpass those of traditional e-learning.

Social & Active

Active Connection Matters for Learning Outcomes

Practice & Feedback

Guides & Coaches Provide Actionable Feedback

Journey Not An Episode

Active Connection Matters for Learning Outcomes

Chunking & Linking

Content is Broken into Manageable Pieces


Various Types of Learning Keep Learners Engaged

Spaced Not Massed

Learners Are Given Space to Process and Digest Info

Synchronous & Asynchronous

Learn at Your Own Pace and Alongside Others


Students Are Given Tools to Elevate Their Learning

Progress Principle

Progress is Indicated by Milestones & Achievements

Magic Moments

You Know Them When You Experience Them

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