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A presentation about using Learning Design to support volunteering-style activities, such as the PACE program at Macquarie University

A presentation about using Learning Design to support volunteering-style activities, such as the PACE program at Macquarie University

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    • Learning Design and Volunteering James Dalziel Professor of Learning Technology & Director, Macquarie E-Learning Centre Of Excellence (MELCOE) Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia james@melcoe.mq.edu.au www.melcoe.mq.edu.au Recorded presentation for ALTC National Teaching Fellowship
    • Background • Recorded presentation to accompany main Learning Design workshop recordings for ALTC National Teaching Fellowship – See 3 Workshop recordings, and 2 Larnaca Declaration recordings at http://www.slideshare.net/jdalziel71 – Learning Design context and Larnaca Declaration • Reflections on using Learning Design for Volunteering – PACE at Macquarie & Australian Volunteers International – Online training for volunteering unlike LMS structures – Re-use/adaptation of Learning Designs and volunteering
    • Learning Design Learning Design Learning Design Conceptual Map (LD-CM) Learning Design Framework (LD-F) Learning Design Practice (LD-P) The Larnaca Declaration on Learning Design: New Definitions for the future of the field See www.larnacadeclaration.org for document
    • Challenge Creating learning experiences aligned to particular pedagogical approaches and learning objectives Teaching Cycle Educational Philosophy Level of Granularity All pedagogical approaches All disciplines Program Theories & Methodologies Module A range based on assumptions about the Learning Environment Session Learning Environment: Characteristics & Values Learning Activities External Agencies Institution Educator Learner Core Concepts of Learning Design Guidance Representation Sharing Implementation Tools Resources Learner Responses Feedback Assessment Learner Analytics Evaluation
    • Learning Design and Volunteering • Macquarie University has implemented “PACE” (Professional and Community Engagement) program as one of the pillars of the undergraduate experience • “PACE units foster professional and community engagement by enabling students to work with partner organisations in a range of workplace activities as part of their degree. PACE activities are similar to: – internships – practicums – field trips with a partnership component – community service and learning – community development and/or research projects”
    • Learning Design and Volunteering • PACE includes local, regional and international activities – PACE activities tend to have a different structure to a typical 13 week unit • While a LMS can be used for online aspects of PACE (or similar) activities, the “course page” structure isn’t always well suited • By contrast, Learning Design, because it focuses on just a single set of activities, can be more appropriate, as the online component for a PACE task can be one (or more) sequences of online activities – Without the need for a unit page with a dropbox, email, etc
    • Learning Design and Volunteering • The different online needs of volunteering vs traditional units was more pronounced for Australian Volunteers International, who support programs like PACE and others • AVI does not really have any structure equivalent to a “unit” or “course”, so a typical LMS course page structure can seem quite out of place • Whereas a one or more Learning Designs, each accessible via a URL, is more flexible to add to project co-ordination pages, such as a blog or wiki
    • Learning Design and Volunteering • A second benefit of Learning Design for Volunteering arises from the ease of re-use and adaptation of Learning Designs • In many cases, similar online training or support materials are used across multiple groups and multiple projects – Often with only small changes, eg, slight policy changes for different contexts • The ease of re-using and editing Learning Designs support rapid creation/adapting/updating of online support/training materials
    • Example of re-usable Learning Design for Project preparation
    • Example of re-usable Learning Design for country visit
    • Conclusion • Learning Design can be particularly appropriate for online training for volunteering-style activities • Avoids the constraints of a typical LMS course page • Support easy re-use and adaptation of training materials – More suitable for contexts with many projects with small variations in training requirements