Template: Agenda for Brunel Blended Design workshop 9th Nov 2009

Agenda for Brunel Blended Design workshop 9th Nov 2009

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Rebecca Galley
4 November 2009

Outline of the day

9.30 – 9.45  Arrival activity Setting personal and team objectives

9.45 – 9.55 Welcome and introductions

9.55 – 10.15 Derek K Milligan - Blended Learning at Brunel

10.15 – 10.35 Activity: How to ruin a course

This activity will focus on the key issues and strategies that impact on the success (or otherwise) of learning and teaching within your context. The output of this activity will be a team checklist which will be used as one of the design evaluation tools in the design review and at the end of the workshop.

10.35 – 11.15 Activity: ‘At a glance’ course map

 We will propose 5 key components of a course:

  • Guidance and support
  • Information and experience
  • Communication and experience
  • Thinking and reflection
  • Evidence and demonstration

and introduce a framework/ tool to begin mapping out the key elements and ‘flavour’ of the module/ short course designs. We will discuss the nature of the resultant representations and explore possible uses of these.

11.15 – 11.30 Tea and coffee

11.30 – 12.00 Activity: Design review

We will introduce 3 tools which can be used at various points in the design process to represent, inform and reflect on designs:

  • Pedagogical profiler
  • Design decision assistant
  • Ruin a course checklist

Each team will use these tools to evaluate their designs and inform their design decision making.

12.00 – 12.40  Activity: Stalls activity

Teams will split in to focus groups. Individuals, with the support of expert facilitators, will explore one of the following themes:

  • Library, media services and accessibility
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Pedagogy (including assessment)
  • Visualisation and representations

Individuals will then rejoin their work teams, share findings and consider what the impact of these findings might be the emerging designs. The expert facilitators will be available to offer support for the remainder of the workshop and will upload links and resources to Cloudworks as appropriate.

12.40 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30 – 3.00 Activity: Visualising designs

Using all the online and physical resources available, teams will draw up a more detailed representation of their module. These representations are likely to include i.e. sequence, learning outcomes, outlines of activities, technologies used, assessment strategies etc. Using Compendium it is also possible to create links to specific OERs, tools and resources. Designs and discussions around design problems and decisions will be added to the Cloudworks site – allowing for collaborative discussion between teams and opening up discussion beyond the workshop.

3.00 – 3.15 Tea and coffee

3.15 – 3.45 Activity: Design Evaluation

 This activity will provide an opportunity to view and review the designs of other teams and give and receive feedback. It is recognised that designs at this stage will contain detail but will not necessarily be ‘finished’.

3.45 – 4.15 Activity: Next steps and action planning

 It is hoped that this practical session will lead to the design or redesign of modules/short courses and that these will be ‘launched’ over the next few months. This activity will give teams an opportunity to identify the next steps in the design process and what further support they may need from the University or the OULDI project team.

4.15 – 4.30 Close of session and evaluation of workshop

 Two laptops per team will be provided but please also feel free to bring your own if you would like to.

 So that your teams can export the Compendium maps and save any other work done on workshop laptops, please ensure that you bring at least one USB memory key with you per team.

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Mark Pearson
6:59pm 5 November 2009

This looks fascinating. Will you be recording any of the sessions or blogging about it afterwards?

"Ruin a course checklist" -- wonderful!


Gráinne Conole
3:43am 6 November 2009

HI Mark

yes this is an adaptation of a Design Challenge we ran a while back in the OU. Rebecca has taken the idea and significantly adapted/improved it. If you haven't already seen we have a 'pick and mix' learning design toolbox. This  contains our evolving set of tools, resources, activities, design methods and templates. I am not sadly able to go to the meeting monday but like you will be watching remotely! Not sure if anyone will be live blogging will leave Rebecca to answer that. I do know that she plans to get participants actively contributing in the cloudscape so there will certainly be some output.

Rebecca Galley
8:32am 6 November 2009

Hi Mark, the plan is for teams to document process and progress on Cloudworks and for everyone to add interesting and relevant links, references discussion and ideas to the Clouds. Teams will launch their modules/ short courses over the next few months and the workshop Cloudscape should continue to support them as they work towards this.

Gráinne Conole
9:20am 9 November 2009

Hi everyone - good luck for the workshop! I hope to be able to participate remotely. Looks like an exciting set of activities, looking forward to seeing the clouds grow...

Rebecca Galley
9:58am 9 November 2009

Hi Grainne!  We've just started with how to ruin a course. Great to have your input :-)

Gráinne Conole
9:59am 9 November 2009

I *love* that title - looking forward to seeing what the teams come up with!

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