Making space for connected learning: an ecosystem approach to designing teaching spaces in higher education part 1

This two-part blog post explores the complexities and affordances of using space to make connections. The first part interrogates the structural rigidity that emerges from physical classroom design and argues that connected learning requires a different design and emotional response from teaching spaces to be successful. Studies of teaching and learning spaces and their relationshipContinue reading “Making space for connected learning: an ecosystem approach to designing teaching spaces in higher education part 1”

Evaluation of educational innovations at scale

STATS Level of DifficultyMediumUnit Size EvaluatedLargeScopeTrimester DeliveryHybridResources NeededQualtrics or any survey toolRelated PatternsUNIT HANDOVER This pattern is concerned with developing a structured approach to evaluating the implementation of educational innovations in large units of study.  Working with large units requires a structured approach to evaluation because small issues may have a big impact due toContinue reading “Evaluation of educational innovations at scale”

What do we mean when we talk about scale? Towards a definition of ‘at scale’ in higher education – part 2

Designing and delivering education at scale effectively is a challenge faced by many higher education institutions (Kagan & Diamond, 2019). This challenge is both an economic one, where the costs of magnifying and multiplying education offerings needs to be matched and exceeded by the revenue, and a pedagogical one, ensuring the quality of the teachingContinue reading “What do we mean when we talk about scale? Towards a definition of ‘at scale’ in higher education – part 2”

What do we mean when we talk about scale? Towards a definition of ‘at scale’ in higher education – part 1

Designing and delivering education at scale effectively is a challenge faced by many higher education institutions (Kagan & Diamond, 2019). This challenge is both an economic one, where the costs of magnifying and multiplying education offerings needs to be matched and exceeded by the revenue, and a pedagogical one, ensuring the quality of the teachingContinue reading “What do we mean when we talk about scale? Towards a definition of ‘at scale’ in higher education – part 1”

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”

One to many: a new paradigm for student feedback and engagement

The University of Sydney Business School is piloting a new system for delivering media-rich feedback to students with the aim of enhancing engagement and personalisation. A custom process has been developed that allows educators to create stratified video feedback quickly and at scale. Augmenting one of the text-based feedback systems currently used in the School withContinue reading “One to many: a new paradigm for student feedback and engagement”

Design patterns are here!

We recently announced an initiative to develop and share design patterns to support quality learning and teaching at scale. The patterns are part of the Connected Learning at Scale (CLaS) project. We’re delighted to announce our first batch of design patterns are here! Design patterns make hidden knowledge explicit and shareable. They are a toolContinue reading “Design patterns are here!”

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”

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”