Critiquing the Role of the Learner and Context in Aesthetic Learning Experiences

  • Colin M. GrayEmail author
Part of the Educational Communications and Technology: Issues and Innovations book series (ECTII)


I critique the role of learners and context to more fully explore the latent conceptions and performance of aesthetic learning experiences in instructional design and technology. This critique is intended to allow for a fuller interrogation of how individual learners apprehend designed learning experiences, heightening the role of the instructional designer in envisioning such experiences. Using a 1-year ethnography of a graduate human–computer interaction program to document the felt student experience, I highlight the importance of understanding how learners construct their own experiences during the learning process through the roles they take on and the informal pedagogical experiences they create. I identify additional areas of research that are needed to expand our notions of designing for experience, informing both theory construction and practice.


Faculty Member Instructional Designer Design Activity Instructional Strategy Aesthetic Experience 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Iowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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