How do we view learners?

In Habi, we put our learners at the center of the learning experiences that we design. Our beliefs about the nature of learners help make this possible.

Learners are capable. We see learners as individuals who have the resources and faculties to succeed in many areas of life including learning. Specifically, adult learners are self-directed individuals who thrive in discovering things for themselves.

Learners are unique. Learners perceive and interact with the world differently. They have different strengths, hopes, obstacles, everyday activities, and spaces, and these can impact their learning.

Learners are human. We look at learners as whole persons who have intellectual, physical, psychological, spiritual, and social needs. Filipino learners carry unique values such as being respectful of others, being cheerful, and looking out for others.

Learners are our co-designers. As advocates of human-centered design, we view learners as active participants of the design process. Learners are experts of their own contexts, and we look to them for feedback on what works, what does not work, and how we can improve the design of a learning experience.

What is the goal of learning?

Well-designed learning experiences have the power to impact and transform lives. In Habi, we believe that Filipinos who experience well-designed learning become champions of well-designed learning in their own communities. This collective impact allows Filipinos to live in and contribute to a creative, informed, socially-just and healthy society.

How does learning happen?

Our Learning Experience Design practice is anchored on learning theories and frameworks such as human-centered design, Universal Design for Learning, the Conversational Framework, critical pedagogy, andragogy, constructivism, and experiential learning. We also look into the principles of Sikolohiyang Pilipino to further localize our approaches for the Filipino learners we serve.

Learning happens when we design experiences that:

  • Are rooted in deep empathy for our learners

  • Are built on the mental models, prior knowledge, and strengths of our learners

  • Are purposeful, authentic, and responsive to our learners’ contexts

  • Provide a supportive and safe space for learners to thrive

  • Fully involve learners in the process, allowing them to actively construct their knowledge in interaction with the environment

  • Encourage dialogue, social interaction, and collaboration

  • Offer multiple means of engagement, representation, and action and expression

  • Challenge learners to think critically about how learning is connected to injustices experienced in society

  • Consider the values and culture of our learners

What is the role of a Learning Experience Designer?

As Learning Experience Designers, we make learning happen. In Habi, our work is anchored on a unique LX Design culture and shared values that shape our roles and processes.

We have curiosity for human experiences. Putting our learners at the center of our work is empathy in practice. We listen to the stories of our learners, and approach our interactions with curiosity, so that our design decisions are always informed by what will help our learners succeed.

We keep going. In Habi, we say “sige lang nang sige!” We embrace a prototyping mindset - generating ideas and acting on them quickly, unafraid of failure.

We practice intellectual humility. We are always learning and unlearning. We are aware of our strengths, and exude quiet brilliance in the work that we do - focusing on how else we might improve both our design and ourselves.

We bring delight to the work that we do. We design learning experiences that bring our learners and ourselves as designers joy and inspiration. We can be radical with our playful ideas, unafraid to push boundaries.

We evolve our processes. We see our work as constantly in progress. We strive to find processes that work not just for the learners we design for, but enable the learning experience designers to continue doing great work.

We work as a collective. We celebrate diversity and multidisciplinarity that allow us to build on one another’s strengths and unique design lenses. As we continue to learn the ins and outs of Learning Experience Design, we share real stories from the ground, whether of failures or successes, so that we continue to evolve and grow with our communities and allies.