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It was my pleasure today to present some of my visualisation tools to be used in higher education learning design. At the BETT2017 exhibition in London, with a small crowd of some 25 people, I shared the following presentation. With just 20 mins (plus 10 for questions) it was really simply an opportunity to emphasise that technology needs to be intelligently designed into programmes and modules in service of specified learning outcomes to be meaningful. I unveiled some recent work on an original taxonomy for the 'Interpersonal Domain' and shared an updated version of the Toolkit (available here)

Relocated Adobe Presenter ! Here's one that went a little astray when we moved the DiAL-e space from a Wetpaint Wiki to WordPress. This is the Adobe Presenter Stand-alone presentation made for the JISC-UK Innovating e-Learning online Conference, October 2008.  Whilst the framework has certainly matured in the last three years, this still serves as a good overview to the framework itself and some of its early exemplars.

Watch it now (<15 minutes) in a new window: Stand alone Adobe Presenter Overview

Stand alone 15 min Adobe Presenter JISC ONline Conference

Dashboard in Version 2.3 Beta

Following the presentation of the SOLE model and toolkit at Madison-Wisconsin in August 2011, a number of conversations about the ‘diagnostic’ function of the SOLE  toolkit have taken place.

One of the concerns of faculty and students is contact time. How much contact time am I being offered (versus how much I take advantage of), what other opportunities for facilitated guidance do I have. Why indeed, do I as the student not recognise the ‘directed’ learning I have been pointed to, and in the case of the SOLE approach, the entire toolkit forms an advanced organiser that demonstrates the consideration faculty have given to my learning time as a student.

The version of the Toolkit presented at the 27th Distance Education Conference at Madison Wisconsin broke down the learning engagements students were being asked to complete under the 9 elements of the model into 5 areas, or modes, of engagement. These are exploring the notions of learning engagement as reflective, introspective, social, facilitated and directed. In the next version of the toolkit I’m exploring a ‘dashboard’.

The Dashboard is a separate sheet that simply presents an overview, to faculty and potentially students, of the modes of learning being designed for the student. It shows at a glance, alongside the full profile of activities for each week or unit, a schematic that illustrates how much of the activity is facilitated, directed, and so on.



SOLE Information Session 4th August 2011

The 45 minute 'Information Session' session on Thursday (4th August) at the 27th Annual Distance Education Conference at Madison-Wisconsin produced a tweet from @lookstein "simon atkinson shares his flexible model for student-owned learning engagement - very valuable (and entertaining!)" so at least one person was interested!

The session was attended by some 50-70 people on day two of the conference at the stunning Monona Terrace Convention Centre and consisted of an introduction, this was the first US outing for the SOLE work, to both the conceptual model and the Excel Toolkit. The session was run from this WordPress site using a Resources page (which will remain here for people to access) to contain images and extracts, as well as the latest Excel Workbook file.

The session began with an interesting insight for me of the spread and diversity of people in the room. Representing K-12, Universities, Military Educators and a range of 'outreach' organisations. People identified themselves as roughly 75% 'Faculty' but a large proportion also identifying themselves as ID or instructional designers. After describing the contextual basis for the model itself, there was a fascinating exchange around the language used in the model, "What is meant by 'Social' context?" in distance learning, "What do you take 'feedback' to mean without faculty engaged?". The session ended with a live demonstration of the SOLE toolkit as it currently being used by me to design modules for a Postgraduate Certificate.

A very enjoyable session with some excellent in-session feedback and questions and some provocative questions along the way which is after all what the best conferences are made of.

Simon at Podium

Madison-Wisconsin Workshop 3 Aug 2011

24 colleagues from Distance Providers across the US, including form sectors with which we were less familiar such as Military Instructional Education, joined us for a DiAL-e workshop  in Madison-Wisconsin. A half-day workshop on the first day of the 27th Annual Distance Education Conference in Madison-Wisconsin ( #dtl2011 ) provided us with an excellent opportunity to explain and explore the work progressed since 2006. In retrospect we might well have spent more time on the underlying theoretical frameworks and contextual issues which underpin the DiAl-e, but we were excited to discuss video in a broader digital context with a focus on distance education. We took the opportunity to discuss how digital video might be optimised in distance education contexts using Web 2.0 technologies. We discussed and demonstrated the opportunities for using video as the basis for asynchronous discussion using VoiceThread, (about which we have already written elsewhere), for using subtitling not only to translate but annotate and punctuate video using Universal Subtitlesand the opportunities for using embedded segments of existing YouTube clips with ChopTube.   We ended with an insight into the role of emerging Semantic Video engines and the HTML5 format. The focus was very much on how teaching and learning can benefit from these emerging technologies. Details of the workshop are available here.

Great afternoon session today at Madison Wisconsin Conference. Some 50-60 people, the majority were faculty, and the majority with some responsibility for learning designs. It was an opportunity to outline the model and explore the cultural and contextual factors that lie behind the conceptual model. Some good exchanges and lots to think about. The toolkit was then demonstrated and seemed broadly appreciated. At least two people downloaded the free Excel Workbook during the session and hopefully more will do so shortly. It would be wonderful to find a US institution that felt the SOLE model could support their instructional design teams and faculty to develop more effective holistic learning design for learners.

The Workshop was run from this WordPress site so all the materials are available here

Wednesday 3rd afternoon Videoshare session had some 60-70 people present for 5 short videoshare presentations. The session was intended to be 5 minutes pre-prepared video and 10 minutes of questions each. A fun and interesting session. The 5 minute SOLE video is shared here:

Just a few days before the 27th Annual Distance Education Conference in Madison-Wisconsin kicks off and final preparations for the workshop are underway. The conference tweet tag is #dtl2011 and we plan also to use #DialeUS for our session. We expecting at least 17-20 people which will make a very effective focus group to develop the work Kevin Burden and I have done over the last 5 years. We are very excited to be reconsidering the well-tried framework developed for video in a broader digital context with a focus on distance education. We always believed the model was adaptable to context and this is our opportunity to explore that notion with experienced and expert colleagues. Simon Atkinson (from Cambridge, MA!)

The latest version of the SOLE toolkit, with some amendments to strucrture and formats, simplification of presentation and a few new features, all within a macro-free Excel 2003 formatted workbook, is made available today.

Please feel free to download, play with, tweak, destroy and improve: Version 2.2

Ready for presenting to colleagues at the  the 27th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on August 3-5 2011, in a short Videoshare session, and an interactive 45 minute paper presentation.

Introduction sheet to version 2.2 Worksheet

Great to see details of the DiAL-e Workshop is PM-7 at the The 27th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Our session is: DiAL-e Framework: Optimizing media for engagement at a distance and is a half-day workshop on

Wednesday, August 3; 1:00-4:00

advertised as

"Despite the abundance of digital media and communication tools now available to educators, it remains a challenge to use media effectively to promote learner engagement and higher order thinking skills. Join this lively, interactive and hands-on workshop to learn the Digital Artifacts for Learner Engagement (DiAL-e) framework for distance learning design and how to adapt it to your particular discipline and institutional setting. Through exemplars and problem-solving scenarios, you will explore how digital artifacts from a range of worldwide video archives can be used to develop higher levels of engagement, critical thinking and student independence. This workshop will also demonstrate how Web 2.0 tools support effective interactions around digital artifacts. Finally, you will develop your own ideas and exemplars for immediate application. Laptops will be helpful but are not required for participation."

We are very excited about running this worksop, which we'll endeavour to capture here at too.

Any questions lease feel free to ask via the comments.

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