Inspiring learner engagement


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The presentation comes from a workshop I presented at RAISE 2013 in Nottingham, UK about the development of an online toolkit to support collaborative curriculum design activities and academic professional development. The workshop presentation, which includes a link to the online toolkit, asks "How can we inspire learner engagement in the methoids we use to teach at University?"

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Inspiring learner engagement

  1. 1. Inspiring Learner Engagement: the development of a curriculum design toolkit Andrew Middleton Quality Enhancement (SHU) and MELSIG @andrewmid
  2. 2. Introduction Learner engagement? Innovation & Professional Development Teaching and learning - another way to express student- centred teaching? Assessment & Feedback - interactivity Curriculum Design - processes leading to innovation MELSIG - voice, user-centred, future, disruptive innovation, environment... my connection...
  3. 3. WorkshopAims By using components of a curriculum design toolkit to support collaborative design teams • Consider the collaborative design methodology • Use two tools from the toolkit • Identify what other tools and resources Workshop Challenge: Design an Academic Induction Course for academic staff new to 'the University' How: Curriculum Design simulation using Design Studio methodology (condensed!!) Ways to promote learner engagement systematically through curriculum design
  4. 4. About engaging learners Facilitating student engagement in curriculum design And Designing curricula so that it is engaging to learners 2 views today
  5. 5. Background: The Design Studio 1 Our Challenge: how to engage students in curriculum design (and others not directly involved in teaching) Why: • breadth of experience • knowledge • perspectives • accommodate diverse stakeholder outcomes
  6. 6. Opportunity, space and structure • Open and supportive • Space - time, people, place • Contained activity • Critical friendship • Co-operation and collaboration • Safe risked-based thinking • Communal validation Why Studio?
  7. 7. Background: The Design Studio 2 How • Collaborative design event over two days • Inspiring and useful resource-base • Event facilitator • Academic lead Design lens approach based upon Viewpoints (University of Ulster)
  8. 8. Background: Key Tools • Screencasts • Priority analysis tool • Design lens based upon the Viewpoints (University of Ulster) method • set of 8 cards, each addressing ideas supporting one principle of learner engagement • empower and inspire all participants • Online resource-base (Toolkit including lens cards etc)
  9. 9. Background: Designing the Design Lens • Explored principles and frameworks found in academic literature on learner engagement • Reflected on their experience and expectations and generated examples of engaging practice • Generate new ideas using creativity methods (i.e. word association, photo elicitation, scenario writing) Learner Engagement development workshops for staff and students Assessment & feedback lens from University of Ulster
  10. 10. CurriculumAnalysisActivity simulation Design an Academic Orientation Course for academic staff new to the University Simulation note: You already have a broad understanding of the facets of learner engagement • Use the radar diagram to plot what you think are the priorities to address in this course • Then compare and discuss! Workshop Focus
  11. 11. Viewpoints Design Lens simulation Design an Academic Orientation Course for academic staff new to the University Simulation note: You have established consensus following your half day (!) exploration of the course design priorities. • Use the appropriate Design Lens cards, the course content map and the design forms to discuss alternative approaches for ensuring the learners in this course are properly engaged. Workshop Focus
  12. 12. What's in a Toolkit? see the Toolkit outline What resources would you include for teams involved in curriculum design? Post event note: Please send your ideas, links, and materials for useful Learner Engagement Toolkit content to me at so that I can share them more widely. Thanks Concluding discussion