Professional learning today must utilise “the same principles that determine effective student learning. . . collaborative, enquiry-focused, and addressing authentic professional problems” (OECD, 2018 ‘Teachers as designers of Learning Environments”)
The Learning Design Workshops identify current trends and practices, while engaging in purposeful collaborative and action-oriented outputs.
This suite of modules is aimed at equipping and supporting teachers to facilitate future-focused learning. The modules are interactive and hands-on, employing professional learning principles which correlate with effective student learning: collaborative, hands-on, enquiry-focused, and address authentic professional problems.
This framework provides a scaffold for learning design.
Module 1: Teachers as Designers of Learning
Reframing practice into a design mindset. Employing practical design tools to facilitate creative thinking around learning.
Output: “Learning is…”
Module 2: Empathy
Gaining an understanding of the present and future of today’s learners. How might we maximise the learning growth of every student, every year?
Output: Empathy mapping
Module 3: Engagement Part 1
Creating the need-to-know. Developing authentic problems, with meaningful content for real audiences.
Output: Create engaging and inspiring mountaintops and entry events
Module 4: Engagement Part 2
This scaffolding the learning design within an inquiry approach that supports differentiation and personalisation.
Output: Create open-ended and deep learning rubrics to challenge and inspire
Module 5: Ecosystem – Teacher Practice
The practice and mind frame of the teacher toward future-focused learning is essential for its ongoing success. Shifting from solo to team-based practices required a deliberate strategy.
Output: Articulating teacher roles and team-based collaboration
Module 6: Ecosystem – The Learning Environment
The learning environment is the container that hold the effective implementation of learning design. Teachers are supported to identify opportunities and see how the space may be an enabler of future-focused learning.
Output: Designing a multi-modal learning environment
Post workshop review: Escalate
Review, refine and test effectiveness of the design process.
How? Each module is a workshop, 90 minutes in duration and is adaptable. It may be presented in sequence over a number of weeks, combined across one or two days or as stand-alone modules, enabling a particular focus.
Who? The workshops are adaptable for small team intensives to whole staff development days
Then what? Follow up coaching for teaching teams or team leaders will help to embed innovative practices in your school or learning organisation.
- Educators – teachers/teaching teams as designers of engaging learning
- Leadership and Administrators – utilising the process to design engaging professional learning
- Architects and Designers – understand the context of students and employ principles of learning design.
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