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Sharing practice, problems and solutions for institutional change

Conole, Grainne and Jones, Chris (2010). Sharing practice, problems and solutions for institutional change. In: Goodyear, Peter and Relatis, Symeon eds. Technology-Enhanced Learning: Design Patterns and Pattern Languages. Technology Enhanced Learning (2). Sense Publishers, pp. 277–296.

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This chapter critiques the roles of different forms of representation of practice as part of an institutional change process. It discusses how these representations can be used both to design and to share learning activities at the various levels of decision-making in a university. We illustrate our arguments with empirical data gathered on change processes associated with an institution-wide change programme: the introduction of a new virtual learning environment (VLE). In particular, we describe a case study of the introduction of the VLE tools in a business course. We focus on two particular forms of representations to describe the essence of the innovation: a pedagogical pattern and a visual learning design. We argue that pedagogical patterns and learning design have emerged as parallel approaches to describing practice in recent years. Despite their very different origins, both provide complementary representations, which emphasize different aspects of the practice being described. We are attempting to combine these approaches. We briefly outline the Open University Learning Design initiative, of which this work is part, and describe its key underpinning philosophies. We believe our approach provides a vehicle for enabling a better articulation of design principles and the discussion of issues concerning the re-use of educational resources and activities.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2010 Sense Publishers
ISBN: 94-6091-060-2, 978-94-6091-060-9
Keywords: learning design; pedagogical patterns; Virtual Learning Environment; VLE
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 21863
Depositing User: Grainne Conole
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2010 08:53
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 14:40
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