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What is learning design?

Getting the right answers begins by asking the right questions. Learning design builds the scaffolding under your educational goals by asking, then addressing: 

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What does your audience need to learn?

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What technologies will best meet their needs?

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What activities will they find engaging?

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How will your online program define and measure success?


NextThought begins every design-learning project with a workshop that includes all participants. We don’t just ask questions and get answers. We collaboratively create a blueprint for your project using Learning Environmental Modeling (LEM), a shared visual mapping tool.


Once we understand the purpose and goals of your ideal learning experience, our educators and course designers will work hand-in-hand with our tech wizards to create an evidence-based system custom-fit for your needs, designed to meet your learning goals.

Streamlining learning
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Our chalkboard days are over. Today students of all ages sit down with devices of all sorts for learning experiences in countless different shapes and varieties. Every hour, every language, every country on earth—your training must exist in that diverse, tech-infused new reality. NextThought makes it happen by crafting simplified, cloud-based learning experiences just right for you.

Content Evaluation

The NextThought team will evaluate your existing course content for ways to make it engaging and effective across platforms—online, in the physical classroom or somewhere in between.

Smart Course Design

Let us help you optimize your curricula for maximum learner engagement. We can restructure your lessons, rewrite your current content, create new content, suggest activities based on learning science, and more. 

Curriculum Development

Refresh your courses with an interconnected structure encouraging collaboration and engagement. We’ll work with you to provide new rubrics, video and animation, subject-matter expertise, core-content resources, and other answers to your needs. 


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Make the most of assessments

When properly designed, assessments reveal the effectiveness of your teaching. NextThought helps you provide that robust education you desire through an intuitive format allowing students to learn comfortably and efficiently. Then you can refine your methods based on evidence, not guesswork.

Using Learning Environment Modeling for Planning

Our visual modeling tool, Learning Environmental Modeling (LEM), makes it easy for our team to collaborate with your organization to create custom learning environments. See your engagement, community, and learner performance increase. We bring decades of professional development and curriculum-design experience to the table.

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Analytics made easy

The NextThought platform works with powerful educational partners to help track and assess student performance. That means you can use real data and evidence specific to you to evaluate and adjust your program as necessary.

Talk to a learning designer today


Bring us your toughest educational challenges—we’re ready with innovative solutions!