Ten Principles of Learning
May 26, 2009
We can (and must) continuously improve the
quality, effectiveness, appeal, cost and time
efficiency of the learning experience.
Student control and freedom is integral to 21st
Century education and life-long learning.
Education for elites is not sufficient for planetary
Iterative and continual
1. Needs Assessment
• Similar to needs assessment in new program
• Data collection
• Proposed solutions
• Prioritization of solutions
2. Context Evaluation
• Articulation of factors that impact or are
impacted by the adoption of technology
• Consideration of how factors might interact
• Aspects specific to West Africa
• Curriculum under consideration (under-
graduate, masters, how labs will be handled).
• Experience of faculty in using technology and
social learning methods.
• Experience of learners with technology and
• Departmental readiness – goals, motivations for
using technology, willingness to alter existing
pedagogical practices, etc.
• Potential push-back from faculty and learners.
3. Planning for Technology Use
• Learner skills, learner and faculty
access, curricular needs, faculty skills, financial
• Scalability and Sustainability
• Development and delivery technologies
4. Student Support Services
• What are the experiences of learners at
varying points of contact with faculty and
• Is the process seamless and self-explanatory
• Are self-help resources available?
• Do learners receive needed support at each
stage of enrolment through to course
5. Creation of a Strategy
• Integrates with existing strategies and policies
• Aligns with the broader goals of the
department and the university
– Ease of communication
– Faculty involvement
• Resources financial and human
6. Validation and approval of strategy
• Discussion and Debate range of stakeholders
• Listen to dissent
• Revise or modify
• Make a decision
• Move forward
7. Design of educational resources
• Overarches process
• Multiple approaches
• Team ID, MM, CS
• One developer one course
• Pervasive user-friendly technologies
• Phased delivery
8. Development of faculty competence
• Familiarity with basic content creation tools (e.g.
• Searching and utilizing open educational resources.
• Effective use of delivery and communication
– Learning management system
– Web classrooms such as Elluminate
• Facilitating learning online through a community of
• Planning online assessment and using grading tool
features of a learning management system.
9. Pilot projects
• Immediate feedback
• Build competence
• Allows for revision
• Tests models and practice
10. Broad Implementation
• Linked to overall strategic agenda
• Revisited and Refined
• Flexible systemitization
Creation of learning centered environment is
Formative and formal evaluation of values and