A warm welcome to the ABC Learning Design Workshop!

In this week-long workshop, you'll learn about how to develop blended and/or fully-online learning for courses* that you might currently teach of face-to-face or even for new courses.

Update: you'll post all assignments/tasks in Discourse under the relevant topic here: https://discourse.dpl.online/c/workshops/abc-learning-design/32

At the heart of this module is reflection, dialogue and collaboration. You'll also get a sense for how to deliver the workshop locally.

Some reasons for attending this workshop:

  • you might have a course/module to which you want or need to modify by adding elements of blended and/or wholly online learning;
  • you want to get a sense for affordances and different types of activities that can be delivered either in a blended and/or wholly digital format;
  • you want to create a course/module from scratch that includes elements of digital education, whether in a blended or fully online format;
  • you want to gather ideas on how to transform an entire programme into one that is blended and/or wholly digital;
  • you want to learn about how to run the ABC Learning Design workshop within your local context;
  • and many other reasons!

In brief...

The premise of the workshop is that through using a common framework for learning design, we learn from each other, offer suggestions, ideas and create solutions as we go for we, together, have more answers than we, alone, can come up with on our own.

Welcome to the workshop! - A welcome from your workshop facilitator, Dustin Hosseini

ABC Learning Design: a brief history

Clive Young and Nataša Perović at University College London have developed the ABC Learning Design method to help educators and educational technologists work together to design and develop blended and online courses, or collaborate in transforming face-to-face courses into either blended or fully online learning experiences. Dialogue is a key part of this process.

ABC Learning Design draws upon the underpinning theory of Diana Laurillard's conversational framework which helps students, educators and educational technologies describe and discuss the learning types that goes on.

Laurillard identified 6 learning types or learning acts to describe and discuss learning that goes on. These learning types are open to tweaking and/or interpretation, and for the purposes of this workshop we'll use those set out in the original ABC Learning Design materials. You're welcome to skim through the introduction to the ABC learning design toolkit to find out more about this method.

Watch the video to learn about the 6 different learning types that underpin ABC LD

How this workshop runs

Normally, this workshop is a 90 to 120-minute, high-intensity, face-to-face workshop where we work together on a course that you discuss in groups. The focus can be an existing course or perhaps a proposed/new course. The workshop can be run locally within a particular programme team (e.g. those working on a BA Russian or a BSc Management Information Systems degree) or as part of a wider cross-faculty curriculum design course. There are about 4 to 6 activities that are covered in the space of 1.5 to 2 hours.

However, our workshop will be a little different as we will work together over the course of few days, which in theory, should allow richer reflection, dialogue and development of a course that you want to focus on for modification or transformation.

The original workshop materials

I base this asynchronous, collaborative workshop directly upon the original workshop materials, which you can find here in full. I suggest you download these for your reference as they provide you with: the workshop background, learning types, an example storyboard and others. They are a good starting point for any of you who wish to adapt/remix/localize the workshop to your own context.

How our asynchronous workshop will run

We'll have around 6 activities (or so!), so aim to spend around 30-60 minutes each day on this workshop.

Watch the video below to find out a bit more about the differences between the face-to-face and our adapted workshop. I map out what to generally expect.

We'll also have 2 scheduled live chats so that we can come together and discuss our developments. We may include 1 more live chat, depending upon demand. These will last no more than 1 hour.

An overview of how the workshop will run asynchronously

What we'll use

For ease, we'll use our DPL workspace, Google Sheets (or Excel for offline usage/development) and the discussions among others.

This learning activity spreadsheet on Google Sheets maps out the 6 learning types. The idea is that we collaboratively add to the different learning types as we go so that we can draw upon the greater sum of our knowledge as a group. Feel free to copy this sheet for your own use.

This learning design spreadsheet by Jessica Gramp is for you to download and use if you wish. You can use it to:

  1. create a tweet-sized description of your course;
  2. estimate learning hours to determine activity balance;
  3. identify how much you want to blend your course;
  4. create a storyboard for your course;
  5. revise the blending, if needed;
  6. revise the balance of learning activities (i.e. the shape);
  7. revisit & plan learning outcomes;
  8. create an action plan for development.

You're welcome to use other tools to illustrate what you create as long as all workshop participants can view what you create. You could:

  • create a screencast or voiceover of what you've created;
  • link a video of the above from either Vimeo or YouTube;
  • use Padlet to illustrate your course design;
  • anything else you feel appropriate that's accessible to participants.
  • all posts should ideally be made under the relevant topic in the Discourse space here: https://discourse.dpl.online/c/workshops/abc-learning-design/32

*Key terms

A 'course'

  • This is a programme of study that lasts either a semester or longer and one that consists of a number of credits.
  • In the UK, this sometimes also known as a module, such as a 10 or 20-credit module that lasts over one semester or term.
  • In the US context, this might be a 3-credit hour course that lasts one semester.
  • For the purposes of this ABC Learning Design workshop, I'll use 'course' as I've outlined above for simplicity. You're welcome to use course/module interchangably.

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