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Sharing Learning Designs (Workshop 0153)


09:00 - 10:20 on Wednesday, 7 September 2011 in BCB
0153 Representing and sharing learning designs: A design support environment Diana Laurillard, Dejan Ljubojevic, Marion Manton, Brock Craft, George Magoulas, Patricia Charlton, Joanna Wild, Liz Masterman
0153 Representing and sharing learning designs: A design support environment Diana Laurillard, Dejan Ljubojevic, Marion Manton, Brock Craft, George Magoulas, Patricia Charlton, Joanna Wild, Liz Masterman

In this workshop participants will work with a prototype intelligent tool, the Learning Design Support Environment (LDSE), which has been developed to facilitate innovation in teachers’ practice through collaboration and sharing, particularly in a climate where time and resources for individual experimentation are increasingly frozen out.

Ideas to be explored:

The aim of the LDSE is to assist teachers in

  • Representing, analysing and testing their own learning designs,
  • Adopting and adapting others’ learning designs,
  • Sharing the fruits of their own teaching ideas and experience.

To provide such support, the LDSE contains formal (systematic) definitions of the key terms and concepts of learning design and includes a knowledge base: a representation of the relationships among these concepts, based on findings from the research literature on the design of teaching and learning (e.g. Littlejohn and Margaryan 2006; David 2009; Donald et al. 2009; Laurillard and Masterman 2009). However, given the fluid, context-sensitive nature of many concepts, the LDSE also uses semantic Web technologies (Charlton and Magoulas 2010) to enable the teaching community to develop its own definitions and, hence, progressively develop the knowledge base as a collective artefact.

Through working with the LDSE, participants will have the opportunity to test how effectively they can represent their pedagogic intentions in a learning design. They will also have the opportunity to redefine some of the properties stored in the knowledge base, explore the advice and guidance on offer from the LDSE, and reflect on the LDSE’s pedagogic analysis of their design.

Intended outcomes:

Participants will:

  • Develop a critique of the idea of a community-owned knowledge base for learning design;
  • Contribute to an understanding of how such a tool might support collaboration and reuse in learning design;
  • Gain insights into the potential role of an AI-based tool in promoting greater rigour and precision in the articulation of educational concepts.
  • The LDSE project is funded by the ESRC/EPSRC TLRP Technology-Enhanced Learning programme. The workshop will be facilitated by members of the project team, and also complements the symposium proposal submitted by Beetham et al.