Design patterns update

We’ve recently begun to share design patterns from the Connected Learning at Scale (CLaS) Project. These patterns are tried and tested solutions to common problems of learning and teaching at scale.

New patterns

We have three new design patterns to release. Our pattern on CONNECT:IN WORKSHOPS is useful for diverse teams approaching curriculum development projects in large units. The pattern details the specifically designed collaboration sessions our team has been running as part of a co-design approach to developing CLaS units. We’re also sharing a new pattern on COURSE READINGS. While readings are a common learning material, recent research shows that up to 80% of students don’t engage with assigned readings. This pattern presents a tested solution for promoting meaningful student engagement with readings. Finally, we have a new pattern on using ANNOUNCEMENTS to communicate regularly with students. This supports another recently published pattern on re-shaping traditional lectures into SELF-PACED ONLINE MODULES. We’ve found that when delivering learning in this mode, regular announcements become a crucial way to communicate with students and contribute to teacher presence. Announcements are a simple but powerful pattern to support connecting large groups of learners to diverse online learning materials.

New home

We’re excited to announce that we will soon be launching a new, dedicated home for our CLaS design patterns. This will be a custom-built site to house the current patterns plus new ones we’re currently developing. We’ll be sharing a range of new patterns shortly including some on team teaching, feedback and reflection at scale. Patterns are most powerful when used together as part of a “pattern language”. The new site will have more flexibility to explore the possibilities of representing the CLaS pattern language as a whole.

Published by jessica tyrrell

humble educator | radical creativity | critical curiosity

2 thoughts on “Design patterns update

    1. Yes! We’ll be posting about it to the CDRG blog, but we’ll also update you by replying to this comment when the new site is ready. Thank you for your interest, Yishay!

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