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JISC RSC's-Rationale for FE and Skills Online Learning Design;

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Dan McCaffrey
17 January 2013

Present Team Members:

Elisabetta Lando

Dan McCaffrey

Both team members work for JISC Regional Support Centres, predominantly supporting the development ad integration of technolgy into Teaching, Learning and Associated processes in the FE and Skills Sectors. 


 Create a  course for practitioners in the post 16 sector.

A working model that is relevant to curriculum areas in the F.E sector- innovative yet at the same time deals  with  the changing landscape and  demands within the sector such as changes to funding, intake of 14 -19 year old learners and so on. 

Also-Skills? e.g. Adult and Community/Work Based Learning Environments.  Resource to include a rationale for engagement with online Learning Design considerations, and a glossary/taxonomy, contextualising terms and theories for delivery within different contexts/sectors. 

Your situation (context)


(DMc)Presently I work as an eLearning Adviser for the JISC Regional Support Centre South West, with particular responsibility for supporting staff in the development and evelery of learning using technology in HE in FE contexts.  We are supposed to model "Good Practice" to customers, but presently I have little or no experience of utilising a MOOC, hence my involvement in this programme. 

The majority of my collegeues (and to an increasing degree, me) support FE and Skills, and whilst conversations and researches about Learning Design are  commonplace within HE, they are apparently not as common within Further Education. And within the "Skills" domain (e.g. Adult and Community Learning, Work Based Learning), these sort of theoretical considerations, and access to a reserach derived evidence base on which to premise changes in practice, are virtually non-existent.  I would like to therefore develop a platform (perhaps a MOOC in itself) which outlines the basic concepts in and some approaches to Learning Design for sectors not historically conversant with these consideratons.




The change you would like to see (challenge)



(DMc)I would like to think that I could involve a number of participants within the programme to develop protocols and highlight resoures for Good Practice in Learning Design, and thus devise  a "toolkit" for teaching staff within the FE and Skills domains who are not cognisant with some this sort of practice, including perhaps a glossary of terms and adapted language to customise the resource and ensure maximum understanding within each sector.  there are plenty of HE immered LD advocates on the course, so undoubtedly the core knowledge is there, but the challenge will be in communicating these considerations to teachers outside of the HE domain. My sense is that presently practitioners in these environments do not have the time to familiarise themselves with some of the more theoretic considerations that HE level researches address in relation to learning design.  It would be great therefore to produce a toolkit which contextualised various theories of learning design, particularly those pertaining to online learning, for use in these sectors.





How you might go about bringing that change


(DMc) If we subscribe to Knowles Theory of Andragogy, it follows that most adult learners (i.e. tutors engaged in teaching within the FE and Skills sectors in this instance) need to be convinced that learning is of value to them, so if we are to engage these professionals with  some of the more scholastic considerations inherent within online learning design, we need to advance pedagogies on the basis that we can demonstrate value. In an increasingly commodified environment, this may mean part of the resource focuses on making a case for the qualitative and quantitative benefits of more formal consideration of learning design within FE and Skills based online programmes.  

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Sandie Gay
10:58pm 17 January 2013

Hi Dan and Elisabetta I was a trainer for NIACE on the immensely successful e-guides programme and we were just beginning to consider blended learning and its benefits, issues and challenges for the further education and skills environments as the funding came to an end. I also joined this MOOC to get experience of this type of learning as much as about learning design. I would like to join this team and work on the toolkit for LD for FE with you. I have also expressed interest in working on a similar project on LD for ACL tutors which links very well with this. It's late and I'm not as coherent as I would like to be but I am excited about this project. Sandie Sandie

Dan McCaffrey
2:27pm 23 January 2013

Hi Sandie-Sorry for not geting back to you sooner; it would be great to have you "on board" with this, perhaps you'd like to join our study circle (presently just a Dropbox folder of shared resource), I'll invite you ito this.  It also incldued the scenario planning template which is the next phase of the journey as I understand it.

Maybe we could have a think about ways in which your ACL experience could inform these developments, as both Elisabetta and I are from College backgrounds? 

You can find our "cloud" for this development in the "Week 1" area under "JISC RSC's-Rationale for FE and Skills Online Learning Design" in the "Team up!" area.

Cheers, Dan 


Dan McCaffrey
2:29pm 23 January 2013

Sandie-Could you let me have your e-mail address so I can get you the Dropbox link? You can post it here or alternatively you can get me at ""

Cheers, Dan 

Dan McCaffrey
4:08pm 23 January 2013

Hi Sandie-I've added a scenario plan to week 2 under "Week 2: Contextualise your project", haven't finished it by a long chalk, I'll also stick this in the Dropbox.


It's called "Scenario: FE and Skills Online Learning Design Tookit"



Sandie Gay
7:26pm 23 January 2013

Hi Dan

My email is 

I'll have a look at the Scenario and add if i can.



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