Designing Active Learning in Moodle – a
preview of the Learning Designer tools
Patricia Charlton, Dionisis
Dimakopoulos, B...
Learning Designer Tools
Learning Designer
http://learningdesigner.org/
CRAM
http://learningdesigner.org/CRAM
2/17
What conditions are required
for active learning to take place?
Learning
experience needs
to be designed
Three cycles of
c...
Teacher and peer communication
cycles
1. The teacher must communicate their
concepts for the learner to
understand;
2. The...
Learning Designer
An online tool to
support lesson
planning
Focuses on the
experience of
the learner
Specifies
teaching an...
International Learning Designs Challenges:
Creating, sharing and reviewing learning designs
6/17
What makes a good design?
Peer review criteria for learning designs
1 Test? Is there a
‘produce’ activity, or
some way the...
Time
Outcomes
Feedback
from pie
chart
Learning time, group size,
teacher presence
8/17
Browse, adapt, curate your designs
9/17
10/17
Export to MS Word
11/17
Export to Moodle using IMSCC
12/17
Advantages of exporting
to IMSCC
IMS Common
Cartridge v1.1 is
used that can be
imported to Moodle
starting from
version 1....
Disadvantages of using IMSCC over
native Moodle export
Small coverage of
activities and
resources
supported by
Moodle can ...
Current implementation
Learning designer can now export to
IMSCC v1.1
Exports a series of labels, to help
course designe...
Planned implementation
The Learning Designer will soon feature
an extensive resource manager, listing all
Moodle activiti...
Learning Designer
Functionality
 A library of learning designs:
indexed by learning
outcome & topic
 Abstract designs: m...
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Designing Active Learning in Moodle – a preview of the Learning Designer tools Eileen Kennedy, D. N. Dimakopoulos, Diana Laurillard

  1. 1. Designing Active Learning in Moodle – a preview of the Learning Designer tools Patricia Charlton, Dionisis Dimakopoulos, Bernard Horan, Eileen Kennedy, Diana Laurillard, Joanna Wild
  2. 2. Learning Designer Tools Learning Designer http://learningdesigner.org/ CRAM http://learningdesigner.org/CRAM 2/17
  3. 3. What conditions are required for active learning to take place? Learning experience needs to be designed Three cycles of communication between the teacher and the learners must be engaged (Laurillard, 2012) Teacher communication cycle Teacher practice and modelling cycle Peer communication cycle 3/17
  4. 4. Teacher and peer communication cycles 1. The teacher must communicate their concepts for the learner to understand; 2. The teacher must provide an environment to model the learning and for the learner to practice within; 3. The learners must engage in peer communication, providing their own modelling and practice environments to support each other’s learning. 4/17
  5. 5. Learning Designer An online tool to support lesson planning Focuses on the experience of the learner Specifies teaching and learning activities by learning type Learning types: Read/Watch/Listen Discuss Investigation Practice Produce Collaborate Dynamic pie chart shows proportion of learning type in overall learning time designed 5/17
  6. 6. International Learning Designs Challenges: Creating, sharing and reviewing learning designs 6/17
  7. 7. What makes a good design? Peer review criteria for learning designs 1 Test? Is there a ‘produce’ activity, or some way the teacher can use to test whether outcomes are met? 2 Aligned? Are outcomes, activities, and produce activity aligned? 3 Feedback? Is there feedback from the teacher, other students, or the technology? 4 Technology? Does the technology support the learning type(s)? Does the design support critical digital literacy? 5 Other? Are there individual criteria that are specific to this design? 7/17
  8. 8. Time Outcomes Feedback from pie chart Learning time, group size, teacher presence 8/17
  9. 9. Browse, adapt, curate your designs 9/17
  10. 10. 10/17
  11. 11. Export to MS Word 11/17
  12. 12. Export to Moodle using IMSCC 12/17
  13. 13. Advantages of exporting to IMSCC IMS Common Cartridge v1.1 is used that can be imported to Moodle starting from version 1.9 Course export accepted by a multitude of VLEs Very good documentation and tools to assist development Scarce documentation on backup/export Moodle files 13/17
  14. 14. Disadvantages of using IMSCC over native Moodle export Small coverage of activities and resources supported by Moodle can be used in an IMS common cartridge Moodle import implementation of IMSCC v1.1 is buggy Can only import labels with very small length 14/17
  15. 15. Current implementation Learning designer can now export to IMSCC v1.1 Exports a series of labels, to help course designers layout and populate the module The labels include information from outcomes, teaching learning activities information (title, duration, group size, resources attached) 15/17
  16. 16. Planned implementation The Learning Designer will soon feature an extensive resource manager, listing all Moodle activities and resources The activities attached to a teaching learning activity which are supported by IMSCC will be initialised automatically It is envisaged that an API will be published to allow the community to create a plugin for the Learning Designer to export to a Moodle backup file 16/17
  17. 17. Learning Designer Functionality  A library of learning designs: indexed by learning outcome & topic  Abstract designs: migration of good pedagogy across domains  Browse and adapt existing designs  Feedback on total learning time, and the teacher preparation and contact time (CRAM)  Export to Moodle > Annotation by students for evaluation feedback to designer > Promotion of design-test- redesign cycle: library of reviewed designs > A prompt to include a ‘production’ activity for collecting learning analytics on learning outcomes > Link OERs to designs 17/17

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