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Agile design


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a special summer T.e.l.l. Session with Tony Bates

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Agile design

  1. 1. ETUG Webinar 7 July 2015 A CHAT ABOUT AGILE DESIGN Dr. Tony Bates, Tony Bates Associates Ltd, Vancouver, BC, Canada 1
  2. 2. Overview Overview • Brief intro • What is agile design? • Why agile design? • Under what conditions does it work best? • Guidelines for effective agile design? © Rawsthorne, P., 2012
  3. 3. Introduction • I’m not an expert on agile learning design • There is a literature on this • Even this is not flexible enough • Throw out some ideas then chat with you 3 © C. Adamson, 2012
  4. 4. What is agile design? 4 • Derived from software development • A process for responding to complex learning environments • Many different approaches © J. Huhn, 2013
  5. 5. Why agile design? For designers in a VUCA world: • V olatile • U ncertain • C omplex • A mbiguous For learners to develop survival skills in a VUCA world 5 © C. Adamson, 2012
  6. 6. When to use agile design? 1. Rapidly changing subject matter 2. Diverse learners with different learning needs 3. Rapidly changing or many diverse tools for teaching/learning 6
  7. 7. 7 Guidelines for agile design 1. Clear, broad learning goals predetermined by instructor 2. Sub-goals negotiated with learners 3. Core learning materials/tools chosen by instructor 4. Other learning materials/tools identified/evaluated/applied by learners 5. Assessment based on pre- defined criteria (negotiated - or chosen by instructor?) 7 © P. Rawsthorne, 2012
  8. 8. Conditions for success • Confident, skilled instructors • Clear goals in terms of skills development for learners • Proper preparation/orientation for learners • Easily accessible and appropriate open resources and learning tools • Flexible assessment methods that measure skills developed by learners 8 There must be a strong pedagogical foundation in the design team
  9. 9. Discussion • Experience of agile design? • What do you see as the main challenges? • When do you think agile design is most appropriate? • What would you add re conditions for success? 9 Personalized Learning Tools was designed and created by Bryan Bucci, James Chen, Rebecca Harrison, Coral Kennett, and Paula Poodwan
  10. 10. References • Adamson, C. (2012) Learning in a VUCA world, Online Educa Berlin News Portal, November 13 • Bertram, J. (2013) Agile Learning Design for Beginners New Palestine IN: Bottom Line Performance • Rawsthorne, P. (2012) Agile Instructional Design St. John’s NF: Memorial University of Newfoundland: f 10