Thursday, 5 December 2019

Models to help design and deliver digital learning

Invited by Liz Bennett, my former supervisor and lecturer when doing my Technology Enhanced Learning MSc at University of Huddersfield.  Today at 4.30pm I delivered a webinar on some key ideas from my book 'Learning Technology: A Handbook for FE Teachers and Assessors'.  In the style and context of my publication: simplified, accessible and practical, I introduced a small handful of models to help with the design and delivery of digital learning and broadly mentioned the main issues they address and ways they can be used.

Delivered a webinar on 'Models to help design and deliver #digitallearning', in the style and context of #LTbookFE for #HE, #FE and #school #masters students @HuddersfieldUni: Thank you for inviting me @LizBennett1.

Below are some notes I made on my slides followed by my presentation at the bottom:

  • Slide 4
    • I have been told that you are interested in “issues of designing learning using technology”.  Hopefully I will cover some issues you are experiencing as you asked about if not do please speak and guide me or ask questions at the end.
    • It depends on what you want to achieve – usually requires a needs analysis or identified need for using digital.  Where the digital learning will be placed, the cultural aspect – technology is relatively the easiest part but getting people to access and use it is another thing.  How it is embedded into the programme.  But not got the time to go into these in detail.
    • I will provide a broad overview of some models to help you on your way.  There are many more models, e.g. community of practice, learning design, which are included in #LTbookFE as resources and further reading.
    • If anything, provides you with some theoretical perspectives for your studies.
  • Slide 5
    • Based on the popular ADDIE model, just put Determine in front as you need to know in detail what you are analysing – emphasis on learning needs and why.
  • Slide 6
    • Based on effective use of TEL but it’s also a good list of learning approaches we all have.  May not be one but a mix of them.  Think about how you can integrate them into your learning approaches.
    • It depends on the learning activity you are designing  that determines the digital tool you use.
  • Slide 7
    • By no means is this exhaustive – rapid only, there are full eLearning design life cycles to work through. Recommend reading on instructional design and other eLearning models too.
    • If you are creating eLearning on the go, which is usually the case, the following is a quick framework for structuring content that includes key instruction and assessment principles. Emphasis on time and skill constraints – rapid unpolished eLearning materials – keep them short, sharp and straight to the point.
    • That’s why Learning Technologists and Learning Designers are here, to support and work with you.
  • Slide 8
    • The Display, Engage, Participation model helps you to be more interactive in your application of learning technology as well as identifying what must be taught and what ought to be independently learned, without being too passive.
    • Ask yourself, are you more display, engage or participation in your use of learning technology?  Or perhaps a balance of them all?  If so, what percentage?  This model is all about the why and how.  Why would the learning technology benefit your role and your learners learning?  Why should you use it and how do you use it?  Think about how you approach your use of VLEs, devices and online tools.
    • Rather than see new learning technology as a pressure, see it as an opportunity to evaluate your teaching practices and how you can transform and modernise them.
  • Slide 9
    • Based on online discussions but you can take the concept and apply it to a learning strategy.  Or even use to support your own online learning confidence.
  • Slide 10
    • These models and more guidance are in my book.
    • Overall message I want to get across:
    • The success of learning technology depends on underpinning appropriate pedagogical rationales and approaches, not led by technology itself.
    • Plus, a good level of digital literacies in order to exploit the potential of digital tools and systems.
    • Importance of acknowledging diverse learning preferences – one size doesn’t fit all learners
    • See my reading list at the top of my blog where I have compiled Technology Enhanced Learning, eLearning, digital skills, teacher education and websites to obtain research articles and journals.


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