Designing for Learning

This week we hosted Professor Grainne Conole who earlier in the year was formally appointed as an Adjunct Professor within the NIDL. A highlight of Grainne’s visit was the half-day workshop she facilitated to an invited group of DCU and linked College staff on the topic of learning design. Drawing on her recent book Designing for Learning in an Open World, and more specifically the 7Cs Framework, Grainne explained key differences between the field of Learning Design and more traditional conceptions of Instructional Design.

She then explained a number of innovative ways of helping academic staff to articulate the design process in order to better realise the affordances and opportunities available through new digital technologies. This was productive line of discussion which generated lots of good ideas. As an outcome of the workshop the NIDL team is already planning when to schedule a design challenge for staff.  We are also looking forward to working with Grainne again in her new role in the National Institute.

LD Workshop

Digital Learning Research Network

In May, almost 40 DCU and linked College staff met to hear about the work of the new Digital Learning Research Network. The Research Network is an important part of the NIDL’s strategic plan and following a distributed model of leadership it aims to harness and develop within DCU, and beyond, some of the expertise that already exists in the area of digital learning.  A range of forthcoming initiatives was described and after the meeting a small steering group was formed to guide future initiatives.

The Research Network will have valuable linkages with similar centres around the world and members of an International Advisory Board will be announced shortly. Already Professor Grainne Conole has been formally appointed as an Adjunct Professor to the NIDL.