Connect:In workshops

This pattern is concerned with connecting and engaging stakeholders such as teachers, students, educational developers, learning designers, and industry partners in the process of course design. This is achieved through a Connect:In workshop where participants share perspectives and feedback and collaboratively ideate potential solutions to educational challenges.

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 projectsContinue reading “Design patterns update”

Regular announcements

STATS Level of DifficultyEasyUnit Size Evaluated200ScopeSemester-longDeliveryOnlineRelated PatternsSELF-PACED ONLINE MODULES This pattern is concerned with how to use regular announcements to communicate with students when delivering a unit in a blended or hybrid mode, where synchronous lectures have been re-shaped into SELF-PACED ONLINE MODULES. Regular communications from the Coordinator to students across the semester helps signpostContinue reading “Regular announcements”

Meaningful engagement with course readings

This pattern is concerned with meaningfully engaging students with course readings. Gradual and active engagement with reading materials is used to spark student curiosity and target those students who typically have limited, if any, interest in academic texts. This pattern interweaves reading tasks as integral activities in the wider course design.

Student-generated data

STATS Level of DifficultyMediumUnit Size Evaluated1000ScopeSingle activity or longerDeliveryOnline/F2FResources NeededSurvey toolRelated PatternsTBC Students complete a survey on an issue of local/global importance. The data set is then used for students to explore in class and practice organising, analysing and visualising data. This pattern is suited to large quantitative units where students can benefit from learningContinue reading “Student-generated data”

Micro-deadlines

STATS Level of DifficultyEasyUnit Size Evaluated840ScopeSemester-longDeliveryOnlineRelated PatternsSINGLE-DAY WORKSHOPS LARGE WORKSHOP FORMAT REFLECTION AT SCALE This pattern is concerned with attaching micro-deadlines to online tasks within SELF-PACED ONLINE MODULES. It is suitable for large units containing a high degree of self-paced online learning or pre-work, and where smaller tasks are used to build towards larger summativeContinue reading “Micro-deadlines”

Introducing design thinking online

STATS Level of DifficultyEasyUnit Size Evaluated500-1000ScopeSingle activityDeliveryIn-person, online or hybridResources NeededSelf-paced interactive module resourcesDesign thinking scaffold for workshops (teacher and student) Related PatternsCONNECT:IN WORKSHOP Design thinking is an approach that is increasingly used to help creatively problem-solve, collaborate in teams in creative ways, and manage and communicate complexity (Razzouk & Shute, 2012). Design thinking skills areContinue reading “Introducing design thinking online”

Object based learning at scale

STATS Level of DifficultyMedium Unit Size Evaluated1500-2100ScopeSingle activityDeliveryOnline and hybridResources NeededOnline museum catalogueRelated PatternsGROUPWORK COMMUNICATING CLEAR INSTRUCTIONSINTERACTION WITH CONTENT  This pattern is concerned with active learning strategies for large classes in Higher Education. Object Based learning (OBL) is a student-centred approach that uses objects to facilitate deep learning.  This pattern is useful for shifting student perspectives.Continue reading “Object based learning at scale”

Single-day workshop scheduling

STATS Level of DifficultyMediumUnit Size Evaluated600-840ScopeWeekly activityDeliveryFace-to-faceResources NeededTimetablingRelated PatternsLARGE WORKSHOP FORMATTEAM TEACHING MICRO-DEADLINES SELF-PACED ONLINE MODULES This pattern is concerned with scheduling all workshops in a large, blended unit each week on a single day. As students spend much of the week working independently on SELF-PACED ONLINE MODULES, this ensures that there is an ‘anchorContinue reading “Single-day workshop scheduling”

Self-paced online modules

STATS Level of DifficultyHardUnit Size Evaluated1000-1500ScopeSemester longDeliveryOnline and hybridResources NeededLMS, educational media, formative assessment toolRelated PatternsVISUALISATIONSIMMEDIATE FEEDBACK ONLINE  This pattern is concerned with one of the main problems of teaching at scale, which is the lack of consistency in delivering content.  Online self-paced modules are an accessible and effective form of learning, often used inContinue reading “Self-paced online modules”