CRADLE Seminar Series: Margaret Bearman on Learning Design for Online

17 April 2018
Deakin Downtown

Join CRADLE's Associate Professor Margaret Bearman as she shares lessons about learning design in online environments.

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Degrees @ FutureLearn: Lessons about learning design in online environments.

Learning design can play a significant role in students' learning experiences, and is particularly critical in an online learning content. However, university educators may find it difficult to design for online experience. Join CRADLE's A/Prof Margaret Bearman as she shares lessons about learning design in online environments from the Degrees @ FutureLearn project, along with possible implications for assessment and feedback.

Learning design is particularly critical in online education, as teaching processes are mediated by structured technological signals. However, university educators do not consider themselves as designers (Bennet, Agostinho & Lockyer 2017) and may struggle to design for online experiences. 'Design patters' (Laurillard 2013) can be used to capture key activities to support educators, with the added benefit of students experiencing a familiar sequence of interactive tasks.

The Degrees @ FutureLearn project a valuable case study of an institutional approach to learning design. A range of data, including interviews, surveys and enrolment data, illustrates the relationship between learning design and learning experience. The overall design appeared to substantively improve retention rates. However, specific design patterns both enhanced and constrained learning. For example, the stepwise design of short sequenced pieces was welcomed by some students, enabling them to move logically through the material, whereas other felt it reduced the challenge of the learning experience. We discuss possible means of designing around the constraints in order to enhance student learning into the future. Implications for assessment and feedback will also be explored.

After Margaret's presentation, join us for afternoon tea to continue the learning design conversation.

Margaret Bearman
Margaret Bearman is an Associate Professor (Research) within the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University. Over the course of her career in health professional and higher education, Margaret has written over 70 publications and received over $7.5 million in research and development funding. Her work as an educator and researcher has been recognised nationally, including awards from the Office for Learning and Teaching and Simulation Australasia. Margaret's interests include: assessment design; work-based feedback; simulation and digital technologies; sociomateriality; and educational workforce development. She is currently leading the CRADLE team in editing a book, Re-imagining university assessment in a digital world.

Bennett, S., Agostinho, S., & Lockyer, L. (2017) The Process of Designing for Learning: Understanding University Teachers' Design Work. Educational Technology Research and Development, 65(1), 125-145

Laurillard, D. (2013) Teaching as a Design Science: Building Pedagogical Patterns for Learning and Technology. Routledge

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Date and time

Tuesday 17 April 2018
2.30pm- 3.30pm


Deakin Downtown
727 Collins Street, Docklands
VIC 3008 
(Also available at other Campuses via VMP)

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For more information, please email the CRADLE team.