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Simon Atkinson
29 June 2009

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Gráinne Conole
1:54am 2 December 2008

Great to see this cloudscape simon - i think the Dial-e framework is really interesting -

can you say more about how it is being used?

Simon Atkinson
12:58am 3 December 2008

Useful to expand on the purpose now as Kevin is on his feet at ASCILITE08 talking about it !

The framework was originally designed simply as a means through which academic staff would engage with a specific archive ( The framework was a matrix, which we populated ( ) along two axis, one dealing with the spaces in which one might use digital archive artefacts and the other a series of learning scenarios or designs. These were explored and developed in a whole series of national workshops (and sessions we ran in Hong Kong, Singapore and Croatia as we undertook other project work).

The result is 10 designs (some with further 'sub' designs). These are illustrated with screencasts, video case studies and written explanations. On the JISC website the current framework is in a form which allows subscribers to upload their own examples of how they have used NFO resources. We hope over time to populate the entire matrix. We have had some interest from colleagues in New Zealand and Australia (we ran a workshop at University Technology Sydney last week) with the idea that the site might be used by trainee teachers as a means of exploring the underlying pedagogical assumptions and models as they experience them. 

We have outlined to 'unintended consequences' of the project here at ASCILITE - one is the ability of the framework to help academics evaluate the pedagogic potential of an emergent technology and the other its role as an instrument in academic professional development context - its transformative learning potential.

What we are doing now is to open up the framework by codifying the learning designs, as we have currently described them, using the tools being developed by a range of communities. We'd like to look at providing reusable learning design templates in LAMS, CompendiumLD, the eXe tool and (we hope) PowerPoint ! We hope that producing a range of different visualisations of the designs will aid their reuse.

One important point about our design approach I think relates to its 'granularity'. The designs are not restricted by any notion of temporal deployment. The 'designs' could model onto an entire course (I'm going to build my entire 12 week course around 'empathy') or they could represent a model for a timetabled class or as a single 'activity' within a learning engagement. So lots to do ! But the first part of 2009 will be building these reusable designs and exploring the schemas others have developed.



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