Designing for Intersectional Identities Helps Everyone Learn

It’s true! Intersectional Design is a method of designing by thinking through how factors of identity (gender, race, sexuality, class, and many more) interact with one another.

In understanding how these factors combine, we can more deeply understand the context of use and an individual learner’s priorities.

For example, giving options on how to consume content and assess learning helps create onramps for intersections of identities. Personally, as a neurodivergent parent, asynchronous videos (with transcripts) and quizzes sprinkled throughout the videos help me learn in the spurts of time that I have between toddler activities.

What online learning strategies work best with your intersectional identities?

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  1. Hi Colleen! I enjoyed reading your post, thank you for sharing your experience and recommendations! It’s so funny because I’m an Instructional Design student, and in class this week one of our activities is to discuss how we learn and interpret information. Once of the things I shared was utilizing the transcript attached to video learning to help follow along and take notes to better retain the information. Sometimes if I’m reading an ebook, I’ll use the read-aloud feature (if offered) to help retain the information (especially if it’s a long read!). I was diagnosed with ADD several years ago, so these are some best practices that have helped me through my adult learning experience. As Instructional Designers, it’s important to take everyone’s learning style differences into consideration. I get more out of watching training or elearning videos that integrate interactivity such as polls, quizzes, sound, visuals, and so on. This will be a key take-away as I transition into the role to remember to integrate those things to ensure learning is possible for all.

    Monica Hernandez

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