Learning Design Writing Workshop – Larnaca, Cyprus, 24th & 25th of Sept 2012

Posted below are various personal notes taken from this meeting. These notes reflect my interpretations of points that were interesting from my perspective, and in no way represent the entirety of the output of this meeting.

Attendees: James Dalziel, Grainne Conole, Leanne Cameron, Matt Bower, Simon Walker, Sandra Willis, Eva Dobozy, Emil Badilescu-Buga, Spyros Papadakis, Chris Alexander.


Sandra: Enrole project looked at role-play based learning designs
Simon: CAMEL project (http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/camel) Collaborative Approaches to the Management of ELearning. Used Google Docs Flowchart to map curriculum (and won a Google award for it)
Chris: Using LAMS and Moodle, head of elearning department at Uni of Nicosia
Eva: Working on transdisciplinary Pedagogical Templates, definitions of learning design.
Grianne: Using LOOK Social Networking Analysis
Emir: Looking at Social Adoption of Innovation (adoption of innovation is incredibly social), “Dominant design”
Leanne: Looking at Social Networking, also how teachers in the sciences receive worse reviews, in part because they don’t care so much about their students
Spyros: Looking at LORD – Learning Outcomes Resources and Designs (?)
James: What is learning design, what could it mean, pedagogical patterns could be inside learning design (ontology). What learning design isn’t (not a theory about how people should teach/philospophy in the same way as constructivism, connectivism).

Miscellaneous minutes

Grianne: “Instructional Design is more based on positivist perspective and Learning Design is more based on the Social-Cultural perspective”
Sandra: Learning Designers, and their function of abstracting pedagogical patterns.
James: Narrow definition of LD – the technical descriptive framework of learning design. Broad definition of LD – why do we do what we do with relation to LD. Component parts of LD sitting underneath – Instructional design, how to write good questions. Above LD – looking at frameworks of putting together courses, programs, and then designs they use
Another element: Life cycle of innovation and change (how do I take teachers into a process that changes what they do). James believes that buying trust by little-picture up design rather than big-picture down approach (eg LDer).
Matt: [Interesting reflection that we are trying to develop the learning design capabilities of teachers, but we as a discipline are not defining our learning outcomes. There is a difference between individual teachers (target audience – and different use cases).] It would be great to have a community website for us. We could use https://www.createspace.com/ from Amazon allows us to self publish and print on demand.
Emir: Wikipedia and Facebook page for Learning Design would be good.
Grianne: Would be good to get a directory of Learning Design people (e.g. page on wikipedia). Good learning design book: “Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age: designing and delivering e-learning”. Helen Beetham & Rhona Sharpe. Martin Weller (Editor of Journal of Interactive Media in Education) book: “The Digital Scholar”. Bloomsbury (publisher) publishes free online.
James: We should get together a Learning Design Wikipedia page.
We can define Learning Design (e.g. LD vs ld). MIT (publisher) eventually agreed to allow his “Opening Up Education” to be freely available online.
James desperately wants the book “Learning Design for the Masses” (tongue in cheek), but for now we need the book/community site for us.
Matt Bower: How about ldconsortium or ldalliance. List of people who have published in learning design on Google sites? Drupal?
References for definitions of Learning Design:
a) Grainne’s book “Designing for Learning in an Open World”
b) Eva’s ICEM2012 conference paper
c) James’ presentation with different conceptualisions of learning design
d) Leanne’s paper “How learning design can illuminate teaching practice”
Matt: We haven’t actually come up with any proposed “Learning design processes” (though Grainne recommends Design Based Research as a methodology).

The group then proceeded to come up with a timeline of Learning Design that traces the history and development of the field. They also created an overarching learning design descriptive framework. Both of these will be disseminated in future presentations and publications.

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