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Learning Design Workshops

Learning Design Online

Learning Design Online

Preparing for September? Here at the Centre for the Integration for Research Teaching and Learning we invite you to engage in an interactive online workshop which will help you plan for the development of your curriculum and your teaching approach.

Lasting only 90 minutes, the workshop will bring you through a series of structured exercises to consider your existing curriculum, to tweak your teaching practice and assessment design with a view to enhancing student learning. The workshop is framed within the context of UCC’s Academic Strategy and Connected Curriculum framework and will prompt you to consider practical blended and online learning options.

We look forward to seeing you at a workshop soon.

Connected Curriculum Self Evaluation Tool

This self-evaluation tool has been developed to support all staff who support student learning to consider how they might integrate the various elements of the Connected Curriculum into their modules and programmes. It articulates what programme teams and module coordinators are already doing, but it also creates a common langauge to describe this and suggests a direction of travel to guide reflection, aid review and redesign.

The tool describes increasing levels of integration of the distinct elements in a module or programme as we move from left to right. The last column for each element describes how the element could be included as a design feature of a module or programme, and also intersects with research-based learning whereby students problematize and critique the specified element as it relates to their discipline.

2020 Self Evaluation Tool

The six elements are separated to provide greater clarity, but many modules and programmes combine these elements in a range of different approaches and activities. While the structure of the table suggests a progression from left to right, it may not be appropriate for a discipline or a module to focus on the element other than as an introductory consideration. The intention is that this self-evaluation tool provides guidance to staff on how to integrate the various elements of the Connected Curriculum and additional resources will be provided on the Connected curriculum website to further support this work.

Intended use of tool
1: Review and development of modules and programmes
2: Supportive document in cyclical Quality reviews
3: Prompt in new programme development
4: Prompt in Learning Design workshops

UCC Digital Tools Wheel

The following image shows the digital tools supported by UCC (at the centre), recommended tools (next circle out) and recognised tools (final circle). These are organised into the six different ‘Learning Types’ which Diana Laurillard identifies as highly effective learner activities in her ‘Conversational Framework. This wheel identifies tools that may map to the learner activities you already have built into your teaching or perhaps you may consider including in the future.  

2020 Digital Tools UCC


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