James Dalziel, from Macquarie ELearning Centre of Excellence(MELCOE), Macquarie University in Australia, began by noting that e-learning has thus far been too content centric. And it has looked very much like the transmission model of education.
New Field of Learning Design is emerging, and is being defined as a structured flow of tasks when can be captured, represented and shared. Learning then becomes about the activities of learners more than the content itself.
We saw a live demonstration with ten people from the audience with laptops on wireless. James showed us each of the interfaces. The International arm is a community website where learning designs can be shared. For example, Oxford University recently uploaded a whole set of learning designs for an introductory course. So their instructors developed these sequences of tasks and activities for learners and shared them, after polishing them.
You add your own context and content, but the scope and sequence of activities can be used to structure your teaching and can readily be customized.
I like this approach because it brings together visually the actual activities which will engage the learner and bring about enhanced learning and mastery of material.
I want to download and share this model of thinking about the activities that represent your learning environment.
Posted by kbennett at October 19, 2005 01:51 PM
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