Design Notes: Tech in F-2-F Teaching Workshop (OER)

The following are the design notes for the tech in face to face teaching workshop, developed in line with the design model for OER learning objects

Once the OER has been signed off, and uploaded to the repository, these notes will be uploaded to the e-learning Team wiki


Q: What is the learning & teaching context for this resource? Describe how you see this being used?

A: This is a 2 hour, face to face workshop for around 6-8 people, delivered in one of the University’s IT training rooms. The workshop is generic (cross discipline), with the broad aims being an introduction to ideas, technology and readings. The expectation is for them to contact us for further meetings.


Q. Why I’m going to ensure this is OER? (read the Why OER Briefing paper)

A. The OER briefing paper hasn’t been written yet …


Q. Have I rights clearance? (read University guidelines)

A. Probably, I’ve read the policy statement at – it reads the University own the IPR, but I’ve not read anything concerning the University allowing this resource to released as an open resource (IPR free).


Q. Is the Learning Design still fit for purpose? (use the Learning Sequence Template)

A. Given a number of iterations, and discussions with other members of the e-Learning Team, it looks fit for purpose. It maps to the intended learning objectives (these learning objectives are part derived from conversations with staff about their needs) and fits our general principles of staff development workshops.

  1. Use a range of different styles
  2. Adopt an informal approach
  3. Focus on the participants needs
  4. Act as a showcase for the effective use of appropriate use of technologies
  5. Contextualise how the workshop fits into our wider staff development programme
  6. Our role is to facilitate not to lecture
  7. Showcase case studies and uses from the University of Bath


Q. Have I designed in for differences in learners? Is there appropriate scaffolding, is there flexibility to push students further?

A. The activities are designed for learners to focus on discipline needs (HE Subject Centre), pedagogical needs (Case Studies) and different technologies. Also, the use of short individual activities means we can accommodate differences in peoples previous experiences and knowledge. In fact the adoption of a social constructivist approach in the activities means the design embraces differences in learners


Q. Have I a strategy to ensure students are motivated to complete the activity?

A. Motivation in this type of workshop is not normally a problem. The individuals self selects and tends to be interested / keen to find out more. Motivation to participate needs to be set at the start, with one of the first slides. This needs to clearly state the expectation and set the tome for the session. The role of the workshop facilitator is to ensure people are motivated throughout the session. Again, the emphasis on short activities (20 mins max), and individualisation (interest, discipline etc.,) should help with motivation.


Q Are the online and face to face support mechanisms clear and adequate?

A. This workshop is designed to be undertaken face to face. The clear statement of activity aims, description of activity and resources should provide adequate support. In addition the workshop facilitator will be providing support in the session. If the numbers increase above 6, it would be recommended a second facilitator is used.


Q. Is the evaluation plan appropriate and achievable?

A. As a workshop the evaluation plan is set by the broader staff development evaluation plan. For workshops this is a set of reflections from the individual who ran the session around perceived effectiveness of activities, level of engagement, what worked well, what didn’t what would be changed (suggested with 48 hours), for participants a what should we do more off, what should we stop (in session), and a follow up survey (6 months – impact questionnaire).


Q Is my copyright clearance log up to date? (use the copyright clearance log template)

A. This has not be done yet. The main issue will be around the images used in the powerpoint. I’ll need to ensure we have write clearance for those. I can’t imagine there being an issue with the activities in the session because if we use any material we link to the original (online) templates / sources


Q. Is the activity / resource(s) accessible? Can I quickly provide an alternative?

A. The materials (we’ve written) are text based, and online line. The accessibility (w.r.t disability) for the activities should also be good as alternatives can also be provided.

It would be good to have a number of user scenarios to work with !!


Q. Is the activity / resource(s) usable w.r.t screen design, navigation, help points etc.,

A. This becomes less of an issue as the online resource is the session programme. The activities are being provided face to face. We need to ensure the usability in terms of people accessing the session they attended, assuming the session aims and activities change over time. Plus the publication of the session outputs. The suggestion is a child page on the particular event on the wiki


Q Have I designed in future proofing, via low maintenance and easy updating?

A. Yes, the activities can be easily adapted. The slides can be changed. A potential problem is the need to re-record the panopto (screen capture) material


Q. What e-learning tools do I need to use and why?

A. This is a classroom session – so, need powerpoint (for slides), paper show, clickers, and web


Q. Is is achieving what it should? (internal: development team)

A. Waiting sign off from team


Q. Agree on metadata for the resource, and sign off for upload

A. Template for metadata will be based on …


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