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Learning design in diverse institutional and cultural contexts: suggestions from a participatory workshop with higher education professionals in Africa

Mittelmeier, Jenna; Long, Dianne; Cin, Firdevs Melis; Reedy, Katharine; Gunter, Ashley; Raghuram, Parvati and Rienties, Bart (2018). Learning design in diverse institutional and cultural contexts: suggestions from a participatory workshop with higher education professionals in Africa. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning (Early Access).

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Abstract

Learning design approaches, such as those adopted by the Open University, provide a set of tools and resources for purposefully-designing modules with a focus on student experiences. However, many of the current learning design strategies have been situated within specific institutions in Europe and North America. This means that there are several issues worth considering around if and how established learning design approaches make sense in diverse institutional and cultural contexts. To critically assess the relevance and appropriateness of learning design strategies in new contexts, this article describes an in-depth participatory workshop with 34 education professionals from five African countries. Altogether, 10 suggestions for learning design practices were derived from the consensus of workshop participants, which provide a foundation for the development of learning design practices moving forward.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Authors
ISSN: 1469-9958
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Facilitating equitable access and quality education for development: South African International Distance EducationES/P002161/1ESRC Economic and Social Research Council
Keywords: learning design; learning analytics; higher education; Africa
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography > Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 55685
Depositing User: Jenna Mittelmeier
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 13:31
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2018 22:58
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55685
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