Archive for April, 2008
Tony Walton, Martin Weller and I have had a paper accepted for the Eden conference in Lisbon. The abstract gives you a flavour:
What would a new university look like if we started with a blank sheet of paper, capitalising on the very best of what we know about good pedagogy coupled with harnessing the potential of new technologies? The paper will consider the challenges Higher Education faces in the light of new technologies and in particular the potential of Web 2.0 technologies as a means to transform education. It will describe a project, Social:Learn, which is attempting to develop a sustainable educational framework to harnessing the best in new technologies in an educational context; to create a new, dynamic and engaging learning environment for tomorrow’s students.
Bayne and Land paper on surveillance
post part of a webpage as an image
- Changes in technology use in the last fifteen years, ways in which students are using technologies now.
- Current strategies for design
- Different forms of representations of designs
- Visualising design - hands on session using CompendiumLD
- Strategies for finding and using resources
- Other tools for design - hands on session using Phoebe and the London Pedagogical Planner
- Different ways of thinking about design: mapping tools in use
- Different ways of thinking about design: identifying the affordances of tools in use
- Different ways of thinking about design: Using the 8LEM flashcards
- Sharing designs: exploration of the CLouDworks website
As a means of giving me a chance to play with my new sony handycam video here is a short video (ca. 12 mins) from part of the workshop we ran yesterday on learning design. The video provides an overview of our OU Learning Design project and provides a commentary to go alongside the slides I posted earlier. OK OK I “know” this isn’t going to win a bafta award but if you want a quick sum up of what we are up to it does the job!
Web-based mindmapping software
There is a lot of activity currently in our learning design project and there seems to be real synergies emerging between the three aspects of the project:
- Understanding design - gathering empiral evidence
- Visualising design - CompendiumLD
- Sharing design - CLouDworks
We ran a half-day workshop at the OU yesterday giving updates on all three areas of work. Here’s my overview.
We have a set of draft briefing papers on the different areas of work covering the following topics:
· The vision behind the OU Learning Design project
· Tools, case studies, resources and methods for learning design
· Towards a learning design methodology
· Different forms of representation for design
· An introduction to CompendiumLD
· Cloudworks - a social networking site for finding and sharing designs
Drafts of these are available under the Download section. Any comments on these would be welcome, they are intended to provide simple (and hopefully easy to understand!) introductions to the different facets of learning design.