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Designing For Learning


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Presentation at the 2005 Action Learning, Action Research, Process Management national conference, held at UTS, Sydney.

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Designing For Learning

  1. 1. Designing for active learning Reflections on collaboration Marg O’Connell & Umesh Sharma
  2. 2. The action model Module One Module Two Module Three Student Case Study Essay Group Presentation (F2F) Individual Activities Reflection and Review Peer-Peer Review Group Activity Discussion and Interaction Student Case Study Report Summative Unit Feedback Orientation Individual Activities Discussion and Interaction L ED S Action cycle
  3. 3. A scalable process Action moment: e.g. develop reflectivity in students through a student case study. Overall iterative learning experience AHA! or learning moment: e.g. presenting a problematic for students to build into their student case study. Learning event
  4. 4. Over to you… <ul><li>How can we systematise collaborative work so it is the norm rather than the exception? </li></ul><ul><li>What do we need to do in order to make this happen? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some references… <ul><li>Brookfield, S. (1995). ‘The Getting of Wisdom: What Critically Reflective Teaching is and Why It's Important.’ </li></ul><ul><li>Kemmis, S. & McTaggart, R. 1988, The Action Research Planner , Deakin University Press, Melbourne. </li></ul><ul><li>McArdle, K. & Coutts, N. 2003, ‘A strong core of qualities – A model of the professional educator that moves beyond reflection’, Studies in Continuing Education , 25(2), pp. 225-237. </li></ul><ul><li>O’Connell, M. & Sharma, U. 2004, ‘Designing for active learning: A conversation’, Knowledge Tree Edition 6 , </li></ul>
  6. 6. Design for learning – thematic concerns <ul><li>Active learning </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective practice </li></ul><ul><li>Student centredness </li></ul>
  7. 7. Design for learning – thematic concerns <ul><li>Active learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher’s role </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“How do I engage my students more actively?” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational designer’s role </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“What design factors encourage active learning?” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“How will I be supported and encouraged online?” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Design for learning – thematic concerns <ul><li>Active learning </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching students to reflect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Modelling and spotlighting ‘acts of good work’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Activities and feedback </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mirrored Brookfield’s Getting of Wisdom (1995) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Design for learning – thematic concerns <ul><li>Student centredness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared understanding developed: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Central belief </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Overarching aim </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Via </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shared readings and theories </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regular meetings and discussion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unit plan/outline – ‘living’ document </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The action methodology <ul><li>How can we systematise intangible elements of the collaborative process? </li></ul><ul><li>Based on Kemmis and McTaggart’s model of action research (1988) </li></ul><ul><li>Apply cycle to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delivery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. A collaborative process? <ul><li>What’s new? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. A collaborative process? <ul><li>What’s new? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience as outcome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How do we define experience? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How are students learning? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What does this environment bring to learning experiences? </li></ul></ul></ul>