A shared reflection approach to learning design

Like most people at the peak of COVID, our newly created learning design team of 5 were working reactively to navigate the changing digital education landscape. We learnt many lessons and channeled them into developing a common learning design practice that was both scalable and flexible in its application. Central to this process was adoptingContinue reading “A shared reflection approach to learning design”

Entangled pedagogy, design and the messiness of education

In a recently published open access paper on “entangled pedagogy” (Fawns, 2022), I presented a diagram of a few views of the relationship between technology and pedagogy. This was an attempt to show some problems with emphasising one over the other (e.g. putting technology or pedagogy first or last). I sympathise with the desire ofContinue reading “Entangled pedagogy, design and the messiness of education”

CLaS light touch project: scaling up educational co-design process

The challenge Connected Learning at Scale (CLaS) is a significant longitudinal project initiated in 2019 by the University of Sydney Business School aiming to enhance the learning experience for students in large undergraduate and postgraduate classes. Three of us work at Business Co-Design, a team of educational developers, learning designers and media producers, who areContinue reading “CLaS light touch project: scaling up educational co-design process”

Transforming Business Education Through Connected Learning – Part 3

In the final part of this blog series, we explore the ways in which the University of Sydney Business School (USBS) developed strategic pedagogical approaches to crack the critical questions posed in part 1: How do designers and educators move away from the didactic pedagogies that teaching-at-scale can privilege and towards a more social, connectedContinue reading “Transforming Business Education Through Connected Learning – Part 3”

Transforming Business Education Through Connected Learning – Part 2

Part 1 of this blog series posed several critical questions for business educators: How do designers and educators move away from the didactic pedagogies that teaching-at-scale can privilege and towards a more social, connected pedagogy? How do we design an education that counters the pedagogical influence of institutional space, systems, and expectations that ‘rust on’Continue reading “Transforming Business Education Through Connected Learning – Part 2”

Co-Designing Learning for Complexity

It is challenging for students to understand the complexity of the real world while sitting in the classroom. Without direct access to the business context, students’ ability to successfully apply theoretical concepts in their future workplace is limited. In response to this challenge and calls for embracing complexity in higher education, we designed a learningContinue reading “Co-Designing Learning for Complexity”

Accessing accessibility

The word ‘accessibility’ comes up all the time in education. But do we understand how to successfully integrate accessibility into the courses we are building and delivering, especially with more and more teaching online? I sat down with Associate Professor Jennifer Smith- Merry, Director of the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the UniversityContinue reading “Accessing accessibility”

And that’s a wrap

The 3rd Annual Learning and Teaching Forum at the University of Sydney Business School concluded last week (18 Nov). Here’s a summary of the day and a taster for next year’s Forum. The morning began with a rousing keynote address from Dr Amanda White, Associate Head (Education) of Accounting at UTS Business School. Her talkContinue reading “And that’s a wrap”

Co-designing learning that isn’t remote

How did lockdown impact your educational practice? Recently colleagues and I reflected on this question about pandemic disruption for a special issue of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. When the coronavirus first hit Sydney in 2020, ed tech and learning design skills were needed in a hurry and there was less timeContinue reading “Co-designing learning that isn’t remote”

Design Thinking Differently

Do you practice design thinking? Do you teach it? What Is Design Thinking? This is a big question that many design experts have already written about. You can find a general overview in this blog post: What is Design Thinking and Why Is It So Popular? Here we talk about introductory design thinking for business in higher education.  Why Do It?  Design thinking is nowContinue reading “Design Thinking Differently”