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Technology.Education.Research.Design

Drawing the different elements and happenings at work together is giving me a better picture of where I am heading in my practice. Some of the things that are going on at the moment include:
  • Designing a workshop for e-Portfolios for MoodlePosium 2012 at the University of Canberra
  • Co-teaching a unit on Assessment and Evaluation in a graduate certificate
  • Finalising a research report for the Master of Higher Education this semester
With regard to the MoodlePosium 2012 Colleagues Danny Munnerley and Matt Bacon are also designing a workshop. In order to create an effective workshop they are using approaches from Design Thinking for Educators  (see http://www.designthinkingforeducators.com/ ), combined with their own knowledge and experiences from their Arts and Design background and experiences in teaching and education in general. Their design essentially asks students to identify and create a solution to a problem they define. In their case the context is Moodle and AR, in my case it will be ePortfolios and based on the success of workshops Danny and Matt have already run over the last few months I have decided to use the Design Thinking approach as well. I will post the design of the workshop later on when it's finished. Danny and Matt have been very busy so I haven't had the opportunity to sit down and flesh out the workshop, however I have talked with them about the approach enough to have a basic idea of how it plays out in a workshop setting.

As it happens my co-teaching role has involved marking (of course) but in particular an assignment from an Arts and Design lecturer who describes the Design Process that helped me better understand how to structure the MoodlePosium workshop. More on that later.

Danny and Matt both have a design background and I have a technology background. In all cases we have not only found ways to transfer what we have learned in those disciplines to that of education, but also discovered that all three disciplines can work together to create very powerful learning experiences. Hence the title of this post, and what this post is really about, 3 disciplines coming together.

The workshop I am designing purposefully does away with the use of ICT, the idea being that participants develop a design, one they can implement in their own time.

Where does research fit in to the picture? From the Master of HE I have found that research fills in gap in my practice. Until this year most of my practice was guided by other peoples direction, research and casual conversation. This year I have conducted two research projects, reporting on student use of unit outlines for making unit choices and another on better understanding ethical issues around assessment and e-Portfolios. The results of these research projects has shown me that research into practice and phenomena is critical for properly informing and guiding practice.

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