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Two papers in an AJET Special Issue on Learning Design



The Australasian Journal of Educational Technology has published a special issue on "Learning Desing". TIDE has participated in two of them.

  • Muñoz-Cristobal, J.A., Hernández-Leo, L., Martinez-Maldonado, R., Thompson, K., Wardak, D., Goodyear, P., (2018) 4FAD: A Framework for Mapping the Evolution of Artefacts in the Learning Design Process, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 34(2), 16-34. 

    A number of researchers have explored the role and nature of design in education, proposing a diverse array of life cycle models. Design plays subtly different roles in each of these models. The learning design research community is shifting its attention from the representation of pedagogical plans to considering design as an ongoing process. As a result, the study of the artefacts generated and used by educational designers is also changing: from a focus on the final designed artefact (the product of the design process) to the many artefacts generated and used by designers at different stages of the design process (e.g., sketches, reflections, drawings, or pictures). However, there is still a dearth of studies exploring the evolution of such artefacts throughout the learning design life cycle. A deeper understanding of these evolutionary processes is needed – to help smooth the transitions between stages in the life cycle. In this paper, we introduce the four-dimensional framework for artefacts in design (4FAD) to generate understanding and facilitate the mapping of the evolution of learning design artefacts. We illustrate the value of the framework by applying it in the analysis of an authentic design case.

  • Garreta-Domingo, M., Hernández-Leo, D., Sloep, P., (2018) Evaluation to support learning design: Lessons learned in a teacher training MOOC, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 34(2), 56-77.

    The design of learning opportunities is an integral part of the work of all educators. However, educators often lack the design skills and knowledge that professional designers have. One of these basic skills is related to the evaluation of produced artefacts, an essential step in all design frameworks. As a result, evaluation of learning activities falters due to this lack of knowledge and mindset. The present study analyses how in-service educators perceived and accomplished an evaluation activity aimed at promoting assessment prior to enactment. Heuristic evaluation is an inspection method considered to be one of the easiest to learn and yet is efficient, time and cost effective. These characteristics make it suitable for the design work of educators; which is, above all, practice-driven and practice-oriented. Results show that educators grasped the value of such an activity (solving possible second-order barriers) but struggled to understand how to do the specifics of the task (first-order barrier), which was to define their own set of educational heuristics. Based on the lessons learned, the paper finalises with a proposal for a design task to include evaluation to support learning design; empowering educators to assess both existing learning activities and ICT-tools as well as their own designs.



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