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Moodle Course Design: a high-wire act #mootnz11

Zippos Circus UK, 2008I was very pleased to be one of  a number of presenters talking about learning design at this year’s New Zealand Moodle Moot. Stephen Lowe talked about learning theories and Julian Ridden did an epic session on Game Theory which unfortunately I missed but he’s uploading an open course about it to MOOCH soon. But what was even better is that all of us were almost accosted by #mootnz11 attendees wanting to talk about this topic more. Learning design is back, baby! And it’s hot!

Below you will find the slides for my MoodleMoot New Zealand presentation with tips for the course design process, as well as our templates. Continue reading

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The ID Litany

Sand Patterns - background #2Working as an eLearning Advisor in higher education, a large part of my role is instructional design. In course design meetings with academic staff, I find myself asking the same questions over and over again. For each element of the course, I have the same questions. I thought I’d share it with you here, in an instructional design litany. (Yes I’m a geek. Used to love the Dune novels…)

The ID Litany

  • What will your students do?
  • How will your students know what to do?
  • How will you know what they’re doing?
  • How will your students learn?
  • How will you know what they’re learning?
  • How will your students get support?
  • How will you support them?
  • How will they support each other?
  • How will you & your students communicate with each other?
  • How will your students communicate with each other?
  • How will your students learn from each other?
  • Why are you using this activity?
  • Why are you using this resource?
  • Why are you using this technology?
  • How does this activity/technology/resource relate to their current or future work, learning and life?

If you work in an educational institution where the course design phase is often skimmed or skipped entirely, you may begin the Litany against Fear now.

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer…


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Looking for Interesting Examples of… Blended Learning

In my work as education technologist I’m often asked for examples of blended or online learning. “Just show it to me”. Not an unreasonable request, as it can be challenging for an educator (whether a teacher, librarian, manager or other) who has never had a blended or online learning experience themselves, to conceptualise the options available. Due to several factors, the number of our programmes that use blended learning are likely to increase in the short-to-mid-term. And so I anticipate that the “just show it to me” demands will increase as well.

Casting the net wider
Now, I feel that only showing educators what we are currently doing within our institution, on our Moodle, doesn’t give them a fair idea of the total scala of options. We need to cast the net wider so we don’t get the same meal every day. So I like to show them examples from other institutions as well, often sending people to one site for one course example, and then to another article, blog, journal or YouTube clip for another example. However examples vary: they focus on one course, an entire programme or just a learning activity. Descriptions are highly detailed in a 20 page journal article or a brief 3 paragraph snapshot in a blog post. It can be like comparing apples and oranges.

Blended Learning Possibilities catalogue
So I thought it might be useful to gather different examples of blended learning in one place, to create a ‘possibilities catalogue’ for anyone to flick through. Continue reading
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