DiAL-e Framework

DiAL-e: Digital Artifacts for Learner Engagement


REF2014 Impact Case Study: The Use of Digital Video in Transforming Teaching and Learning from a Subject Based to an Interdisciplinary Approach

The DiAL-e Framework originated in 2006, designed to support educators to use digital resources (artefacts) effectively based on learning and teaching intent, rather than on content. Professor Kevin Burden (Hull) and Dr Simon Paul Atkinson have been developing the framework which was inspired by a JISC project (2006-2008) to support the take-up of digitized artifacts from the NewsFilm Online project. Sadly much of the JISC materials produced appear not to be curated and are no longer available. However, we will try and provide as much as we can through this website.

In its simplest form, the framework is a matrix consisting of 2 axis.

Image of DiAl-e Matrix
DiAL-e Framework in its ‘raw’ form

The first axis contains 10 learning outcomes (vertical) and the second axis a series of spaces in which learning takes place.

We have defined the learning outcomes in terms of what the learner does, actively, with any given digital artifact. This assumes that learning activities are constructed with learning objectives in mind. We have provided elaborations of the learning intents themselves and are suggesting ways in which space might change the articulation of that design. Our work to date is focused on, though not exclusively, tertiary education practice.

This is a very brief 5-minute introduction to the DiAL-e from the YouTube channel posted in 2011.

Feel free to watch the following introductory video in which the authors of the framework, Kevin Burden and Simon Atkinson, explain how it was developed.

Explore the Framework

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