Open Education: Teaching and Learning Away Day

By Professor Grainne Conole

Last week our Open Education team had a very productive teaching and learning away day. The aim was to reflect on the current ways in which we design and support our DCU Connected students. A background document was circulated prior to the meeting, which collated various Learning Design frameworks. We identified two overarching themes to improving our teaching and learning:

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  • New and more systematic design of online, open distance teaching and learning. In terms of thoughtful and explicit design, we need to
    • Ensure the workload across modules in consistent
    • Set up either a week by week or month by month schedule
    • Indicate the indicative time needed to complete activities and content and assignments
    • Split content into core and additional (extension)
  • Supporting, and working with, online, open distance learners and teachers (learning students).

In addition, we identified 10 principles for online teaching and learning:

  1. Flexible learning: An accessible learning experience to transform lives and societies and enable widening access
  2. Teacher presence: Expert academic teaching, guidance and facilitation from specialist, passionate educators
  3. Foster belonging: Fostering a sense of belonging
  4. Meaningful interaction: Commitment to a deep level of meaningful interaction, where self-regulated learning is active, collaborative and participatory
  5. Students as partners: Surfacing the student voice and involving them to design decisions
  6. Rich learning resources: Universal design (accessibility standards); any device;
  7. Authentic and reflective assessment: Use a variety of assessment (and feedback) mechanisms to ensure that learning is: active, authentic and meaningful
  8. Personalised support: Student support personalised to the online distance learner: academic, pastoral, technical, and administrative
  9. Research informed teaching and learning: Commitment to cutting-edge, research-led approaches to Learning Design
  10. Open education practices: Practices, philosophy and co-creation

You can read more about operationalising these principles on Grainne’s personal blog where she expands on each principle.

International Conference on Engaging Pedagogy: Still time to Register

Dublin City University (DCU) is excited to host the 2018International Conference on Engaging Pedagogy(ICEP 2018) at the St Patricks’ Campus on 13-14 December. This is an annual conference, now in its eleventh year, and is directed at all who teach in higher education. The Teaching Enhancement Unit(TEU) in the National Institute for Digital Learning(NIDL) is actively involved in this year’s conference as members of both the Organising and Programme committees.

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The programme is full and varied, with many DCU colleagues presenting papers. In addition to the paper presentations, there are two very interesting international keynotes (Dr Naomi Winstone & Dr Jeff King) and a distinguished panel discussion. DCU’s President, Professor Brian MacCraith, will open the conference.

To register for this international event, please click on the link to the conference registration page.