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ERIC Number: EJ1119031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1962
Embracing the Danger: Accepting the Implications of Innovation
McDonald, Jason K.
Educational Technology, v56 n6 p14-17 Nov-Dec 2016
Instructional designers are increasingly looking beyond the field's mainstream approaches to achieve desired outcomes. They seek more creative forms of design to help them invent more imaginative experiences that better reflect their vision and ideals. This essay is addressed to designers who are attracted to these expanded visions of their profession. Innovative approaches to design can be considered dangerous, at least to the status quo. The author first discusses why this is so, and then explains how embracing the danger--accepting the risks that accompany originality and innovation--might also be what allows designers to develop experiences consistent with the high levels of quality they seek. He concludes with some thoughts on the kind of habits and character designers should cultivate to sustain creative, innovative approaches in their practice.
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Language: English
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