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The Art and Science of Learning Design

The Art and Science of Learning Design Workshop

A Learning Design Grid Investigative Workshop 
London Knowledge Lab, 13-14 October, 2011


The Learning Design Grid STELLAR Theme team organised ASLD 2011, an investigative workshop in Learning Design at the London Knowledge Lab. An innovative, exploratory workshop, it covered not only empirical and theoretical issues but also software and tools. 
We invited submissions of position papers (up to 4 pages) on one of four thematic strands of Learning Design:
  • Theoretical Frameworks
  • Tools and Resources
  • Practices & Methods
  • Representations
We also included a Learning Design software strand, where participants submitted a written overview and description of the software system (up to 4 pages). Participants within this strand were asked to provide access to a working version of the software.

All accepted contributions presented at the workshop will be published in an edited volume (subject to review). 

All contributions are available on the ASLD Cloudscape.

Workshop Format

Day 1 Theory and Critique (Thursday 13/10/11)
Day one was focused on the theory and critique. It opened with a plenary, and then divided into groups dedicated to the separate strands. In each group, the selected papers or demos were presented and discussed. Strand participants collaboratively constructed an integrative map connecting the various contributions (tools and resources for constructing this will be provided), followed by pleanary discussions. This was followed by a second group session, cutting across strands - participants formed different groups and maped tools and resources to frameworks on one hand and to practices or representations on the other. 

Day 2 Tools and Methods (Friday 14/10/11)

Day two was focused on practice and exploration of existing software and design methods. Participants were able to use learning design support tools and methods that they may not have engaged with before. At the same time, exemplars of learning designs were considered from the perspective of design methods and frameworks. Participants formed small groups centred on a software systems or methods that they had not worked with before and used it to plan their learning design(s) followed by critical reviews and group activities.

This was followed by a discussion plotting the way forward, towards comprehensive and cohesive dissemination of the workshop outputs, as a peer-reviewed publication (a special supplement to Research in Learning Technology) as well as an online open resource for practitioners, in the form of an interactive web portal linked to appropriate social networks and knowledge sharing site. Participants were invited to continue the discussions on-line, for a specified period, before the final form of the contributions were collated.

Organising Committee
Workshop Chairs:
Yishay Mor, Institute of Educational Technology, Open University, UK
Brock Craft, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, UK

Programme Committee:

Grainne Conole, Open University, UK
Michael Derntl, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Yannis Dimitriadis, University of Valladolid, Spain
Valerie Emin, Institut français de l'Éducation - ENS Lyon, France
Carina Girvan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Peter Goodyear, University of Sydney, Australia
Dai Griffiths, University of Bolton, UK
Davinia Hernández-Leo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Christopher Hoadley, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, USA
Yael Kali, Technologies in Education Graduate Programme, University of Haifa, Israel
Liz Masterman, Learning Technologies Group, Oxford University Computing Services, UK
Diana Laurillard, London Knowledge Lab, UK
Rose Luckin, London Knowledge Lab, UK
Susan McKenney, University of Twente 
Marcelo Milrad, CeLeKT, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Richard Noss, London Knowledge Lab, UK
Donatella Persico, ITD-CNR, Italy
Francesca Pozzi, ITD-CNR, Italy
Symeon Retalis, University of Piraeus, Greece
Thomas Ryberg, e-Learning Lab - Aalborg University, Denmark
Daniel Spikol, CeLeKT and Malmö University, Sweden
Mike Sharples, LSRI, UK
Jan van den Akker, University of Twente, Netherlands
Niall Winters, London Knowledge Lab, UK

Gráinne Conole: Theoretical Frameworks and Representations

Gráinne Conole presents the outcomes form the ASLD 2011 thematic group on "Theoretical Frameworks and Representations"

Dejan Ljubojevic: "Tools and Resources"

Dejan Ljubojevic reports back from the ASLD 2011 theamatic session on Tools and Resources (chaired by Mike Sharples)

Yael Kali: Practices & Methods

Yael Kali reports back from the ASLD 2011 thematic group on Practices & Methods (chaired by Yannis Dimitriadis)

Integrating across themes

Simos Retalis, Yael Kali and Susan McKenney report back from the cross-theme integrative groups at ASLD 2011

More videos from the workshop at:

Brock Craft,
Aug 4, 2011, 6:07 AM