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Social and mobile technologies offer learners unprecedented opportunities to create, organise, share and access knowledge. Such technologies effect potent learning environments, yet these are constantly shifting with escalating complexity. In order for educators to effectively orchestrate learning within this landscape they need to perceive themselves, and indeed to be perceived by society, as techno-pedagogical designers.
The aim of this STELLER network of excellence theme team is to produce a concise, comprehensive and accessible set of resources which will empower educators and learners to participate in design discourse and practices in technology enhanced learning (TEL).
These resources will enable learners and educators to collaboratively reflect on their goals and constraints, characterise contexts of learning, and devise viable means of achieving their goals within these contexts and in light of the constraints.

The outputs of this effort will include:

  • An annotated mapping of representations of design knowledge in TEL (such as narratives, patterns and principles, scripts, scenarios, and sequences).
  • A review of existing banks of design resources and tools.
  • An articulation of effective and accessible practices and methodologies for use of the above representations, resources and tools in collaborative reflection on learning design.

The envisaged output

The primary output of the theme team will be a guide for practitioner-led design-based research in TEL. This guide will be available simultaneously as a dynamic collection of interactive web-based resources and as a cohesive printable document. The guide will present the rationale and characterisation of this approach, its forms of knowledge generation and representation, and its practices and methodologies. It will include an annotated mapping of representations of design knowledge in TEL, such as design narratives, patterns and principles, scripts, scenarios, and sequences. It will offer a review of existing banks of design resources. Finally, it will introduce the practitioner to effective and accessible design practices and methodologies for collaborative reflection on the practice of learning design.

Through this guide, practitioners and researchers will be able to:
  • Acknowledge the value of the design approach to TEL research and practice.
  • Gain an understanding of the tools and practices of this approach, and engage in their use.
  • Connect with a community of like-minded researchers and practitioners, and participate in the social endeavour of creating a shared body of knowledge.
This output will be supplemented and supported by a set of tools for facilitating a European community of researchers and practitioners engaged in learning design. These tools will include a mailing list, a teleurope.eu group, a twitter feed, etc.
The team members will seed this community from their contacts, and facilitate its growth through a sequence of public engagement events. This community will be consulted in the process of developing the primary output, and will serve as a channel for its dissemination.

Dissemination

The team work will be organised as an open collaborative knowledge construction process, supported by appropriate web-based technologies. Consequently, the main channel of dissemination will be the project workspace itself. Rather than presenting the broader community with static products, we wish to engage this community as partners in the process of
knowledge production.
  • The project portal will include a team work area and a community area, which will be designed to be inviting and accessible for novice researchers and practitioners.
  • In order to expose the project portal, we will utilise the power of the STELLAR network and its communication channels (TELeurope, Open Archive, etc.), and in tandem identify and link with relevant communities through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, cloudworks and other social media.
  • We will produce podcasts, which will be available via the community portal, video sharing sites, and the STELLAR podcast series.
  • We will present the project and its outputs at workshops at international conferences (e.g. EC-TEL, Educa, eLearning Africa, EDEN, EARLI).
  • We will produce a printable handbook based on the on-line guide. This handbook will be offered as an open digital resource and as a purchasable hardcopy.
  • We will interface with related projects and consortia that theme team partners are involved in (LDSE, UK; TLRP-TEL, UK; OULDI, UK; Learn3, ES; Sofocles, ES; SHARE-TEC; EUPT3). Through active participation of the STELLAR members in the team we will generate continuous productive dialogue with some of the main STELLAR instruments and initiatives (e.g. Advisory Board, stakeholders community, Doctoral Community, Road Map, MoM).
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