This Coursera MOOC has been all the Twitter rage with many edtech and higher ed folks for the last few weeks and the archived conversations that have come from it (including this Chronicle blog, but there’s much, much more out there) are worth checking out.
An interesting perspective on the overlap of “ed people”, “tech people” and “design people” — and how that overlap can lead students astray:
If you’re just managing your learning experience then yes, by all means, focus completely on optimization. Log in, get stuff done and close that browser tab as quickly as possible. But if instead you’re trying to facilitate learning then you need to be concerned with more than just saving someone time.