[Portfolio] Learning Design Lens Concept (and T&L Call Reminder)
Josh.Baron at marist.edu
Wed Mar 3 08:43:54 PST 2010
Quick reminder that we will be having our regular weekly Sakai Teaching
and Learning call today at 12 Noon EST. Dial-in information is below.
On the call last week we had a good discussion about the use of the
"learning capability themes" that have been the focus of much of the
groups work recently. As the conversation continued I thought a very
powerful and innovative concept emerged that I think would be useful to
get out on the lists and get reaction to from a broader group. So, I'm
going to try and outline this concept below but others should jump in to
correct things or suggest other views.
The T&L group has now identified 7 "learning capability themes" (each
which have several related sub-themes) which represent core "values"
related to teaching and learning that Sakai (particularly Sakai 3) needs
to support and facilitate. These themes (which are still in draft format)
are: Assessment/Evaluation, Learning Space Design and Management, Social
Interaction, Content Creation and Use, Autonomy, Learning Activities and,
last but certainly not least, Openness. Details on these and their
definitions are available in the Google Spreadsheet the group has been
using which is linked from our Confluence page. A large group of teaching
and learning experts in our community have done the heavy lifting to
develop these and should get all of the credit for them.
As we discussed with Clay how these might be used in the Sakai 3 design
process, a concept of a Learning Design Lens emerged in which these themes
or "lenses" could be used by designers and developers to understand how
different capabilities need to be designed to support and facilitate
teaching and learning. For example, as an asynchronous discussion
capability was being created, designers/develops would view it through
each lens...in looking at it through the "assessment/evaluation lens" they
would see that it the ability to assign grades, provide feedback, add a
posting to a portfolio, etc. all needed to be built into the
capability...then they might switch lens and view it through the
"Openness" lens and from that perspective see that it needs to allow users
to publish a discussion out to the public...or they might view it through
the "Content Creation and Use" lens and see that instructors will want to
be able to incorporate discussion posts into future course content.
I'm rather interested in this model as it creates a mechanism by which
"teaching and learning" practitioners can provide input and insight into
the design and development process. It would also create opportunities
for some very powerful dialogs between practitioners, designers and
developers as these lens were put to use.
I'd love to hear from everyone about this concept but would be
particularly interested in hearing what designers and developers thought.
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