What is LXD?

The training industry is evolving.

L&D and other learning folks are shifting away from instructional design and moving toward learning experience design.

Many of us have seen the letters or seen the acronym LXD.

But what exactly does it really MEAN to embody a learning experience design approach to creating content?

Is there a big difference between being an ID and an LXD, or is it just a rebrand of the same core components?

In short, there’s a HUGE difference.

It’s night/day, and it’s not at all just about repackaging ourselves and our skillsets.

It’s about shifting our entire mindsets to design with our learners at the forefront of every experience.

In the below video, I walk through:

  • What is the difference between ID and LXD?
  • What is a learning experience?
  • How is a learning experience different from an eLearning course?
  • What kind of work is involved in learning experience design?
  • What kind of skills does an LXD need to have?
  • And more!

This is the first of three videos in this LXD Low-Down Series, where I share all I know about the LXD industry and how we as instructional designers can evolve our skillsets, mindsets, and resumes to become (and remain!) competitive in the LXD and ID job marketplace.

Like this video?

Parts 2 and 3 will be released soon!! Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, if you have thoughts about LXD vs. ID, I’d be eager to hear from you.

Feel free to post a comment below.

All the best,


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