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SEC4 2015
The Leeds Graduate – the distinctive journey
A blended approach to Discovery
Theme module development
Carol Elst...
Overview
An insight into the design and development of a new
Discovery Theme module; providing a blended learning
approach...
Background
• Leeds has always been active in promoting study outside the core of a
chosen degree via additional elective modules
• Di...
• Discovery modules (previously known as electives) have been grouped
into 10 interdisciplinary Discovery Themes.
• Discov...
Discovering A New Approach…
New
Module
Fit with
timetabling
pressures?
Can
students
attend face-
to-face?
Provide
support ...
Funding from Discovery
Theme leaders was pooled
to enable some modules to
be created using recent
developments in blended
...
Drawing on Experience
Massive Open Online Course
(MOOC) portfolio
FREE
ONLINE
COURSE
Sign up at futurelearn.com
https://futurelearn.com/courses/...
The learning journey
Using green screen
Learner discussions
Animation
Expert discussion & debate
Interactive elements
• Exercises
• Quizzes
• Online polls
MOOCs – lessons learned
97% found the structure of the course fairly/very clear
97% found the educator(s) engaging
95% bel...
Translating the MOOC approach to the taught student
education context:
• Consultation with subject matter experts
• Instru...
Pedagogy first
Constructive
alignment (Biggs,
99):
• Module approval
form
• Module handbook
SEC4 2015
The Leeds Graduate –...
Development also informed by:
• Lecturer’s pedagogical approach and time
• Requirements of learners
• Capabilities of VLE ...
Module Showcase & Future
Digital learning on campus
New discovery theme
module created in a
‘MOOC’ style
Design elements
support module navigability & learner journey
Lesson overviews
presentation of learning outcomes
Case studies
video materials and activities to investigate issues
Interactive presentations/activities
promote engagement and introduce complex principles
Blogs and social tools
encourage user interaction, debate and discussion
Cross-platform testing
usability across student devices
Re-use of assets - digital learning on
campus
Content re-used in
existing modules
FREE
ONLINE
COURSE
Sign up at futurelear...
Re-use of assets – Discovery Theme
modules
Content re-used in new
discovery theme module
Re-use of assets - iTunes U portfolio
Questions?
SEC4 2015
The Leeds Graduate – the distinctive journey
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A Blended Approach to Discovery Theme Module Development

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A Blended Approach to Discovery Theme Module Development

  1. 1. SEC4 2015 The Leeds Graduate – the distinctive journey A blended approach to Discovery Theme module development Carol Elston, James Little, Gareth Walker, Kirsten Thompson and Gillian Snape SDDU and Digital Learning Team
  2. 2. Overview An insight into the design and development of a new Discovery Theme module; providing a blended learning approach through the VLE. Developed in collaboration by Professor William Young, Students, the Digital Learning Team and SDDU 1. Background 2. Drawing On Experience 3. Module Showcase & Future
  3. 3. Background
  4. 4. • Leeds has always been active in promoting study outside the core of a chosen degree via additional elective modules • Discovery modules (previously known as electives) have been grouped into 10 interdisciplinary Discovery Themes. • Discovery Themes enable students to explore and choose from over 1,000 modules on offer outside their course • Supported by a comprehensive website providing choice and information (adapted from: https://leedsforlife.leeds.ac.uk/Broadening) What are Discovery Themes?
  5. 5. • Discovery modules (previously known as electives) have been grouped into 10 interdisciplinary Discovery Themes. • Discovery Themes enable students to explore and choose from over 1,000 modules on offer outside their course (adapted from: https://leedsforlife.leeds.ac.uk/Broadening) Ten Themes (Image from: https://leedsforlife.leeds.ac.uk/Broadening)
  6. 6. Discovering A New Approach… New Module Fit with timetabling pressures? Can students attend face- to-face? Provide support off- campus? How to provide high-quality resources? To enable a rich, high-quality experience whilst enabling students to fit study most easily around their existing course commitments. Considerations affecting creating a new module
  7. 7. Funding from Discovery Theme leaders was pooled to enable some modules to be created using recent developments in blended learning approaches in use around the University Discovering A New Approach… New Module (Blended Approach) Rich resources – video, discussion, activities Potential for seminar and lecture time to be used differently (flipped learning ) Face-to-face grounds the online sections Course materials, resources and some interactions via the VLE Accessible off- campus: Potential advantages of using new blended approaches to creating a new module
  8. 8. Drawing on Experience
  9. 9. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) portfolio FREE ONLINE COURSE Sign up at futurelearn.com https://futurelearn.com/courses/when-worlds-collide Sign up to ‘Exploring anatomy: the human abdomen’ http://futurelearn.com Coursestartson 10 February2014 For 3 weeks, 4 hoursper week Explore the inner workings of the human abdomen with experienced anatomy lecturer Dr James Pickering http://twitter.com/accessanatomy #FLanatomy Learn about the structure and function of vital organs, and through discussion relate this to common surgical scenarios and current research. Interested in the anatomy of the human body?This course is for you. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/anatomy
  10. 10. The learning journey
  11. 11. Using green screen
  12. 12. Learner discussions
  13. 13. Animation
  14. 14. Expert discussion & debate
  15. 15. Interactive elements • Exercises • Quizzes • Online polls
  16. 16. MOOCs – lessons learned 97% found the structure of the course fairly/very clear 97% found the educator(s) engaging 95% believed the course had fulfilled their expectations 92% rated the overall experience as good or excellent
  17. 17. Translating the MOOC approach to the taught student education context: • Consultation with subject matter experts • Instructional design: repurposing for online and blended learning delivery • Guidance: pedagogical and technical relating to best use of the VLE SDDU’s Experience SEC4 2015 The Leeds Graduate – the distinctive journey
  18. 18. Pedagogy first Constructive alignment (Biggs, 99): • Module approval form • Module handbook SEC4 2015 The Leeds Graduate – the distinctive journey Learning outcomes Assessment Learning resources and activities
  19. 19. Development also informed by: • Lecturer’s pedagogical approach and time • Requirements of learners • Capabilities of VLE tools • Good practice in relation to usability, accessibility and mobile • ULTRA and ULTA1 SEC4 2015 The Leeds Graduate – the distinctive journey
  20. 20. Module Showcase & Future
  21. 21. Digital learning on campus New discovery theme module created in a ‘MOOC’ style
  22. 22. Design elements support module navigability & learner journey
  23. 23. Lesson overviews presentation of learning outcomes
  24. 24. Case studies video materials and activities to investigate issues
  25. 25. Interactive presentations/activities promote engagement and introduce complex principles
  26. 26. Blogs and social tools encourage user interaction, debate and discussion
  27. 27. Cross-platform testing usability across student devices
  28. 28. Re-use of assets - digital learning on campus Content re-used in existing modules FREE ONLINE COURSE Sign up at futurelearn.com https://futurelearn.com/courses/when-worlds-collide Sign up to ‘Exploring anatomy: the human abdomen’ http://futurelearn.com Coursestartson 10 February2014 For 3 weeks, 4 hoursper week Explore the inner workings of the human abdomen with experienced anatomy lecturer Dr James Pickering http://twitter.com/accessanatomy #FLanatomy Learn about the structure and function of vital organs, and through discussion relate this to common surgical scenarios and current research. Interested in the anatomy of the human body?This course is for you. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/anatomy
  29. 29. Re-use of assets – Discovery Theme modules Content re-used in new discovery theme module
  30. 30. Re-use of assets - iTunes U portfolio
  31. 31. Questions? SEC4 2015 The Leeds Graduate – the distinctive journey

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