Design for Behavior Change Think about:What behaviors would you like to see changed? Julie Dirksen, Usable Learning
There’s a question I’ve been thinkingabout most of my professional life…
Why do people do the wrong* things? It’s a simple question, but it has a complicated answer.*By wrong, I don’t mean morally wrong…
Why do people do the wrong* things? It’s a simple question, but it has a complicated answer .*By wrong, I don’t mean morally wrong…
Answer 1: They don’t know any better I can’t buy printer paper from my brother- in-law? It has to go How do you figure through sales tax, again? purchasing? 1800 Calories? Seriously???
Answer 1: They don’t know any better Fast Food Smoking Texting while driving People don’t still smoke because nobody happened to mention it was a bad idea, so why does it still happen?
I know, but… “I know it’s a bad idea, and I never do it (except when Texting while I do, and then I feel guilty).” driving “I know it’s a bad idea, but I only do it once in a while, and I’m very careful.” “I know it’s a bad idea for other people, but I can do it because I’m really good at it.” “Huh? What’s the big deal?” Except for the last, none of these are knowledge problems, so adding more information probably won’t change things.
So, when there’s aconflict…Who do you think wins?
The Rider can hold out for a while… … but it gets tired quickly.Shiv, B. and A. Fedorikhin. 1999
Answer 3: We learn from experience How many of you know that it’s bad to text while driving? How many of you learned this through personal experience?
What do we really meanwhen we say “We learn fromexperience?”A friend of mine got two free personal trainingsession with her YMCA membership.She thought she was getting oriented, but thetrainer put her through a monster workout.She was so sore the next day she could barelymove.So, what did she learn from that experience?
Here’s the thing.. …the elephant isn’t stupid. This sucks…I am not doing this again…
So let’s go back to our textingexample… What are each of these drivers learning from their experiences?
Answer 4: Urgency mattersWe are creatures of urgency: Maybe I should consider retirement planning…
Which do you think works better: I guess I’ll be glad I know this someday… I’m really glad I know this now…
Repeat after me: Change is a process, not an event.
Answer 6: Sometimes the changes aredownright fraught Characteristics of a fraught decision: • Benefits Now – Costs Later (or Costs Now – Benefits Later) • Degree of Difficulty • Frequency • Feedback • Knowing What You Like
Answer 7: We lack self-efficacy How do your learners feel? Things just I do happen to me no control in control fixed mindset growth mindsetMindset, by Carol Dweck
Answer 8: We don’t have enoughwillpower Think heads or Were you right? tales.
Willpower is not created equallyGreene and Paxton, 2009
Now you try • Make it immediate • Create opportunities to practice • Meet people where they are • Have people learn from experience • Avoid cycles of failure • Design for the elephant • Opinion leaders, testimonials, success stories • Use good models • Fix the environment How can you use some or all to address the behavior you want to change?
Questions?Julie Dirksenjulie@usablelearning.comTwitter: usablelearningDesign For How People Learn
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