Usable Representations of Learning Design for Educators and Instructional Designers

1 December 2010

Online Educa Workshop

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Gráinne Conole
30 November 2010

Workshop Leaders
We invite practitioners, instructional designers and content experts to attend this workshop. Participants will get acquainted with approaches for representing learning designs and will have the opportunity to do hands-on activities as well as engage into discussions about joint development of learning designs and Open Educational practices. This can lead to the improvement of the quality of e-learning across Europe. Participants do not need to know much about learning design. They should have some teaching experience or some experience on lesson planning and/or elearning.
Workshop outline 

Currently, several initiatives have been set up and a lot of attempts have been made in order to explore conceptualizations of learning designs such as IMS LD, educational modelling languages like EML, learning flow design patterns, pedagogical patterns and of course visual tools for creating learning designs. ‘Learning Design’ is the term most commonly used to describe the research and development activities associated with a better understanding of the process involved in designing learning activities and which support teachers’ design practices.

The learning design research community faces a big challenge: to find powerful ways of providing structured, teacher-friendly, formalized and visual representations of learning designs.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together experts in learning design and pedagogical patterns research with teachers, educational designers, content experts and teaching practitioners to exchange ideas on learning design as well as their experiences in evaluating the application of various proposed approaches in practice. This workshop addresses three (3) key topics in the field:

  • How can designs be represented and what is the value and use of different forms of representation?
  •  How can designs be shared and discussed; How might web 2.0 approaches be used?
  •  How can designs be used by teachers and educational practitionners? How are different pedagogical approaches represented in different design representations?   

 The structure of the workshop will be the following:

First, an overview of different types of learning design representations (in addition to LD tools) will be given. Discussion about the way these can be used in different contexts will occur.

Then, the approaches that have to do with sharing, discussing and peer reviewing of learning designs in web 2.0 spaces (e.g. Cloudworks) will be analysed and discussed.

After this introduction, participants will form groups and participate in hands-on activities which will give them an insight into some of the issues around making design processes more explicit. For example, they will be called to map specific teaching strategies (e.g. Jigsaw, TPS, Role-playing) in a learning design using the most appropriate types of learning design representations. The outcomes of the hands-on activities will be discussed at  the end of the workshop. 


This workshop is related to dissemination activities of the following projects:

  • Design-Practice -  A Framework for Preparing Teachers to Teach with ICT”, partially funded by the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme Leonardo da Vinci –Transfer of Innovation (grant contract: LLP-LdV-TOI-09-CY-167918), 1/10/2009-30/09/2011 

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