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Scenario: FE and Skills Online Learning Design Tookit

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Dan McCaffrey
23 January 2013

Objective

Tell a story about learning in your design challenge. Scenarios are tools for thinking about, sharing and analysing design challenges. This initial scenario is a starting point for design conversations with yourself and others. It will evolve so don’t invest too much time and effort in producing a first draft.

 

 

 

1) Brainstorm components of your scenario

 

 

Actors: (who is involved?)

 

Haile is a registered Tutor for the Adult Sector (Basic Skills); He wants to develop a new course to take users who have completed these qualifications to move onto a more advanced level. He’s run some surveys with his learners and many of them have expressed an interest in progression.  He has also received a great deal of interest in running the course online, as many of his basic skills “graduates” have jobs/families etc and find it difficult to commit to specific times and places. Some of the prospective learners would prefer a “blended” approach, with some limited face to face interaction where possible. Haile is not especially digitally literate and has no programming skills, having never developed a course online. What he does have is a lifetime of teaching experience and theory, having gained an MA. Ed. and worked over the course of his career in a wide variety of educational environments.  Haile has a good relationship with Smallington FE College and would like to have them involved in the development of the course. Many of his colleagues however have only worked in the ACL sector and therefore have little grounding in concepts of Instructional/Learning design beyond their basic training and what they’ve gleaned from experience. 

 

Marcus is a Learning Technologist with Smallington FE College. He has the skills to develop an online course, but whilst he is extremely technically literate he has limited experience of Learning Design, particularly outside of the FE milieu.  His FE college have also identified a gap in the market relating to online intermediate level maths courses for Adult learners so as a long time family friend of Halie’s he’s suggested that they develop an online course together as a commercial proposition. 

 

So-One of the developers lacks the technical confidence for successful engagement in online learning design, whilst the other lacks the pedagogic and conceptual understanding necessary.  And both need to couch the resource in multiple vernaculars which make sense to different communities, in order to maximise the impact of their product. 

 

 

Goals: (why?) Jane wants to..., John wants to... We (the designers) want to..., the funders want to...

 

 

 

Settings: (where & when?) Most of the action happens in...

 

 

 

Objects: (what things are involved?) mobile phone, laptop, overhead projector

 

 

 

Actions:  (what do actors do?) Jane gets up one day and...

 

 

 

Events: (what happens to actors?) Jane realises she is getting nowhere with... The projector breaks down...

 

 

Results: (what is achieved?) Jane gets a certificate in... and good references for...

 

 

Your design: (what role does your design play?) The app we are design will help... to...

 

 

 

 

 

2) Develop a narrative scenario/s

Introduce actors and goals, describe the settings, put the events in order...

 

 

Jane lives in... She is really hoping... she...

 

 

What happens next...

 

 

Then...

 

 

Later...

 

And after interaction with your design...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Scrutinize your scenario & revise as necessary

What claims are you making: for your designs? about context? about the people involved? etc...

Do these hold up? Summarise your claims below particularly those that you feel need more support.

 

Our design will... by...

The important features of context in our scenario are....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Invite others to comment on your scenarios

You don’t need to share this whole document but you do need to share and get feedback on your scenarios.

You may want to: extract just the scenario, publish it somewhere and invite comments on it, print it out and discuss it with people who know about the setting, act it out, speak about it in a video, represent and share it in some other more accessible way...

 

Remember to give your scenario a title (something that encapsulates the essence of what is going on)

 

TITLE: …...........

 

 

Time to complete initial scenario: 45 minutes

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