An Introduction to the Learning Designer

An Introduction to the Learning Designer


Welcome to the Learning Designer the
Learning Designer is a tool that helps you plan your teaching it does this by asking you to think about
the learning experiences you’re planning for your learners to help
them meet their learning outcomes when you log into the Learning Designer you see two options a browser screen and a designer screen we’re looking at the designer screen and I’m working on learning design for Access to Education and Training learners. It’s for an activity based around World Book Day – to find out about World Book Day and use that to plan a lesson to teach year 1 learners. So I’ve put in some context at the beginning including a title, topic, description, aims and outcomes, how many learners involved. I can link the learning outcomes to Bloom’s taxonomy of learning domains I can specify the length of the learning time
I am designing for and the tool will calculate how much time
I have used, which helps me check I am not planning too
much or too little for my learners. I am going to make sure I click save regularly
all the way through. So the next thing to do is to start building
the detail so I click on this button which will add what we call a TLA or a set of teaching and learning
activities well I need to give my TLA a name – and I
am going to highlight that this will involve individual activities completed online and I need to decide what kind of learning
experiences the students should have.
I can choose from six learning types read watch listen collaborate discuss investigate practice or produce In this case I am going to choose read watch
listen because I want them to Watch the video about World
Book Day so I need to decide how long this might
take I’ll say maybe 5 minutes and how many students its going to involve. Well, they’re all going to do it individually
so I’ll put one there And I need to decide whether or not the teacher
needs to be present – this is useful for helping me design my blend of online and face to face
activities. In this case the teacher doesn’t need to
be there while they are watching so I am going to click to say no the teacher is not present. and then I’m going to give a description
about the activity and attach a resource – a link to the video on YouTube. I click on the + sign to add the url. now I need to add another learning type because
I want the learners to do some research themselves. So this time I am going to choose investigate.
I am going to add some instructions and link to the sites I want them to look at, as well
as a handy resource Harvard Generator for helping with referencing as they take notes.
This one will take a bit longer – I am going to say 30 minutes. So the teacher doesn’t need to be present
for any of this, so I can ask the learners to do all that before class online, because
this is a ‘flipped learning’ design. Then in class we can concentrate on doing
something with what they have learnt. So I’m going to add a new set of TLAs and
signal that this is for a face-to-face session. In class, I want the learners to work together,
first in pairs then groups of four, so I’m going to add a discuss activity, for them
to discuss what they have found, and a collaborate activity for them to create a lesson plan
for year 1 learners together. I still don’t think it is totally necessary
for the teacher to be there while they do this, however, so that could give me more
options if I wanted to make this an online task too. But for now I think the learners
would benefit from discussing it face to face. The next set of TLAs will be all about sharing
the output of the previous activities – again face-to-face, but using technology. I am going to choose Produce for my learning
type, because I want the learners to give a presentation to the others, and while they
are listening to the presentations they can make their own notes to develop their lesson
plans. Finally I have an extension activity that
involves everyone working together to create a set of resources about World Book Day, so
I am going to choose collaborate for that and link to Padlet.com where I have created
a digital wall for this activity. So I have finished my design but I’m going
to check a few things I’m going to look at the total amount of
designed learning time and I seem to have underestimated how much
time this lesson will take so I’m going to adjust that and I’m going to look at the pie chart that’s
been building as I’ve added TLAs to see the proportion of activities the students
are going to experience – that looks appropriate to me so now I’m happy with my design I’m going
to click save again so it will appear in my personal space when I next log in and click
export design and choose export to MS Word to download it as a Word file. If I want to share this with other people,
then I can click the share icon to get a shortened url We use an ethical link shortener, so users get a preview screen to check before going
directly to the site. But you have the option of getting rid of that if you prefer.


4 thoughts on “An Introduction to the Learning Designer

  1. I really loved this tools… it'll help me a lot to plan my lessons! Thanks!

  2. I have not tried to be a member of the learning designer but I have failed. I want to help

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