How might we leverage learning technologies to (re)design this course? In this workshop, you will brainstorm ways to leverage the use of digital tools and resources to support student learning and collaboration, within your course/project. These may include videoconferencing, online discussion forums, digital whiteboards, and project management software.
For live session: post-its, pens, printouts of worksheets. For online session: Miro template, charged laptop, internet.
2-6 people, 1 facilitator.
It is recommended to have a basic understanding of constructive alignment prior to using this workshop. Learning objectives and assessment should be pre-defined.
Follow the steps of this workshop, to go from brainstorming on the topic of learning technologies, to prioritising and developing an action plan for the (re)design of your course/project.
The first activity of this workshop is called Learning Technology star worksheet. At this stage, you are asked to think out of the box and brainstorm as many ideas as you can on the topic. Follow the instructions below:
- Read the “How Might We… Question” in the yellow post-it.
- Read the 5 dimensions of Learning Technologies in the blue stars and their prompts: Access to information: Technologies that can enable students to access relevant content, knowledge, skills and expertise throughout the course/project. Dissemination: Technologies that can enable students to share their outcomes and process with other students and stakeholders. Communication: Technologies that can enable students’ communication throughout my course/project. Collaboration: Technologies that can enable students collaborate amongst each other and with other stakeholders. Support: Technologies that can enable teachers and students evaluate process and outcomes of the course/process and provide learning analytics.
- Consider your own course. Brainstorm ideas following the prompts on the pentagon, focusing on one star at a time. Write them on post-its and stick them in the area of the star they correspond to.
- Brainstorm as many ideas as you can, prioritising quantity over quality at this stage.
- Once of a collection of ideas, ask yourself: does this idea cover one or more dimensions of Learning Technologies? If so, move the idea closer to the center of the pentagon.
Now that you have brainstormed a lot of learning technologies ideas within your curriculum, it is time to start prioritising.
- Analyse all the ideas you came up with in the previous activity from an Impact perspective (how much this idea will enable you to leverage learning technologies?) and Implementability (how easy it is to implement this topic in my/our course?) and stick them in the corresponding quadrant.
- Use the symbols that you find on the canvas to characterise your ideas: is it something that you wish to implement in your course? Or not at all? Is it something that is already somewhat implemented but could be strengthened? Or is it something that could be implemented, but you are currently not?
Now that you have a clearer overview of which ideas have more potential than others to be implemented, it is time to create an action plan!
- Focus on the ideas (that you haven’t marked with “Don’t want to implement”) in the outlined quadrants of the 3×3 template. Which steps do I/we need to take in order to implement this in my/our course? Break down the steps in the blue timeline on the canvas.
- What people, skills, facilities, materials are needed in order to make this happen? Reflect and note it down in the corresponding sections, named “Resources needed”.
At this point, you have a complete overview of which ideas you can integrate in your course and a step-by-step how to guide. Well done!
Resources and downloads
You can access the PDF worksheet canvases through the download button: they are ready for print.
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