Clare Gormley: My dream project: A resource/activity for teaching effective learning design
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11 January 2013
One of my main roles is to provide instructional design related feedback to novice online course developers. I work with an academic coordinator and a small group of technical subject matter experts who are new to the process of developing online learning materials. We have identified that further support (eg training) is needed in this area and have recently developed an online eLearning toolkit to facilitate that process. However, I think that one aspect that needs further work on my part is how to how to help our developers begin the process of designing pedagogically sound learning materials - an often daunting task! As research increasingly indicates, simply telling developers about the tools available does not mean that they will automatically know how to apply them in the most effective way so something else - and I'm not sure exactly what yet - is needed. (I'm hoping that week 3 of this MOOC will be particularly helpful/relevant for this).
What might work:
Availability of course developers is extremely limited so I am thinking about developing a short activity that will introduce them to useful tools and techniques in this area and get them creating a first design quickly. Note that specific learning outcomes would have been agreed earlier so this exercise would be about bringing those learning outcomes to the next stage of design. This resource/activity could be delivered as part of a face-to-face workshop or possibly exclusively online. Our developers work primarily with Articulate but I'm open to any alternative approaches/technologies that might help to address this issue. Ideally this resource/activity will be reusable and would be as succinct as possible. Advice and feedback welcome!