User Experience Design for Learning

Helping course instructors and designers
create valuable online learning experiences.

What is UXDL?

The Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) at the University of Waterloo is committed to creating well-designed, evidence-based online courses that provide valuable learning experiences for learners.

Honeycomb diagram with a central cell labelled Valuable, and six surrounding cells labelled Uesful, Desirable, Accessible, Credible, Usable, and Findable.


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Our UXDL design framework is grounded in psychological research in cognition and learning, and places learners at the centre of the design process, ensuring that our courses are useful, desirable, accessible, credible, and intuitive.


The UXDL Honeycomb was inspired by Peter Morville’s UX Honeycomb, which we have adapted for a teaching and learning context with permission from the author.

"Since I created the User Experience Honeycomb in 2004, it has been adopted and adapted by people and organizations all over the world. But the framework that CEL has developed for creating valuable online learning experiences is my favorite application yet."(Peter Morville)


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Who are we?

We are a team of instructional designers, multimedia developers, cognitive psychologists, and quality assurance experts at the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL), University of Waterloo.


Questions or comments?

Do you have questions about UXDL? Are you implementing some of the principles in your work? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us at