LearningDesign:Using the design decision guide

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1: Clarification of aims

The aim of this project is to develop a WikiEducator tutorial on using the Design Decision Guide.

The purpose of this tutorial is to provide support for WikiEducator content developers and learning designers to develop engaging and effective designs for their learning resources on WikiEducator.

2: Ensuring learners drive your design

Learner Needs

Who are the learners/users/target audience?

  • Educators, including subject specialists and learning designers who want to design free content projects using WikiEducator
  • Educators from all levels and sectors in the educational sphere, for example teachers, trainers, lecturers working in primary, secondary and post secondary institutions. This includes both the public and commercial educational providers.
  • Student teachers who are learning about design by developing free content on WikiEducator.

What do we need to find out from them?

We have assumed a number of characteristics based on our experiences with the WikiEducator community to date:

  • A wide diversity of technical skills, but we assume that users have worked through the WikiEducator Tutorials
  • Limited experience in the design and development of asynchronous learning materials.

Who should be questioned as a representative group of the learners?

  • The community will be invited to comment on the talk pages of this tutorial as the development progresses

Context for learning

Where is the learning going to take place?

We envisage a variety of delivery alternatives:

  • Print-based independent study
  • Online delivery
  • Face-to-face workshops that are based on this tutorial

What resources are available eg access to technology?

  • We must assume that learners will have Internet connectivity in this case, because they are learning to develop materials on WikiEducator

How will learning materials be distributed?

  • Shouldn't this question be combined with delivery alternatives above?

How is what we know about our learners/users (from above questions) going to impact our decisions?

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3: Learning activity

What are the overall learning goals/objectives for this resource or course? What changes do we want learners to show as a result of using the resource?

  • Learners must develop a design plan on WikiEducator using the Design Decision Guide
  • Where possible, collaborative development involving two or more people is encouraged.

What types of learning activities are learners going to need to DO to achieve the learning goals?

  • Learners will carry out a range of scaffolding activities leading to the completion of a design plan.

How are we going to check that learners have achieved what they set out to?

  • By encouraging collaborative feedback from the learner group on the actual design plan.

What feedback will learners need to receive to know how they are going?

  • Student-content feedback for independent study
  • Alternatives for discussion on various aspects

How are learners going to communicate with each other and ‘teachers’ while they work through the resource?

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4: Learning resources

What resources and tools already exist to support the learning?

  • The draft design decision guide
  • Selected links on learning design for asynchronous pedagogy.
  • Free content images and photographs

How will these be used?

  • content to come ....

What, if any, new resources need to be created?

  • Text content for the tutorials
  • Short audio recordings from designers and content developers to illustrate key points
  • Graphics to illustrate conceptual and spatial relationships associated with the design process

What opportunities can we build in that will encourage learners to bring their own resources to the learning and design their own learning paths?

  • content to come

What technology will be available and how will it be used to match what learners need to do?

  • content to come

What support will learners need?

  • content to come

What support is available?

  • Content to come

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5: Teaching and learning approach

What philosophies or approaches underpin what we want to achieve?

  • Content to come

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6: Using the materials

Are there any recommendations as to how to use the resource?

  • Content to come

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7: Evaluating the materials