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Designing Technology Enhanced Learning: A Learning Design Studio Approach

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This workshop will introduce work done in the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning (DTEL) at Surrey, applying design-led approaches to addressing educational challenges. We will introduce the principles underlying the approach and briefly discuss how innovative projects have been developed using this.

The main focus will be on participants trying out some key ideas and tools. They will be able to explore a current challenge in their practice through using a ‘force map’* to ‘sketch’ the main elements and the relationships between them. This activity will provide an experience of how a design led approach to thinking about challenges can open up new possibilities and can support authentic, creative and innovative ideas and development.

*Force mapping is an example of a tool and process that can be used to initiate a ‘Design Inquiry of Learning’ cycle which is at the centre of the Learning Design Studio methodology underpinning the University of Surrey’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) modules (which can be taken as stand-alone modules or as part of an MA Higher Education). In this process participants move through seven stages from imagining a desired change, investigating the current situation, drawing inspiration from theoretical frameworks and exemplars of practice, ideating and designing an innovation, prototyping it, evaluating its effects and reflecting on the process (Mor and Mogilevsky, 2013; Warburton and Mor, 2015).

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