__What is Learning Design?
The focus of course designers is often first on covering the requisite ground in a logical structure, second on developing the best possible explications of difficult areas, and only third on lighting a fire of inquiry in their students. This fire is nourished when students are involved and challenged, stifled when they are passive recipients of knowledge. Planning how learning will happen needs as much consideration and care as what will be learned.
Modern technology can be integrated in teaching to give new flexibility in teaching styles, whether at the level of activities, courses or whole programmes. It also provides tools to help us extract the benefits of that flexibility:
- by making the pedagogical structure more visible and explicit to students and planners, thereby promoting understanding and reflection
- by serving as a description or template to be collaborated on, adapted and reused
- by sharing best practices and understanding between those involved in design and teaching
CARET's Course Tools project is developing easy-to-use web tools for fast and flexible access to course information and planning at Cambridge. I will briefly introduce the Lecture Explorer and Oxford's Phoebe.
__Learning Design Initiative
CARET is partnering with the OU to develop “a learning design methodology and suite of practical tools and resources that bridge between good pedagogic practice and effective use of new technologies”; broadly structured around understanding the curriculum design process, supporting collaborative design, offering support such as case studies, course templates and ‘best practice’ checklists, visualising designs in various ways, and sharing the results. I will introduce CompendiumLD and Cloudworks.