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ABC LD – the next steps

NatasaPerovic13 July 2018

UCL Digital Education has been awarded two year Erasmus+ funding to develop their well-known ABC learning design workshop with a 12 European universities. Since its inception at UCL only three years ago this unique ‘rapid-development’ approach to help academics develop high tech student-focused modules and programmes has had an unprecedented impact on the sector. Dr Clive Young, the originator of ABC alongside his Digital Education colleague Nataša Perović, gives the reasons for its success, “Most universities have aspirational strategies to develop future-looking digitally rich and blended courses, but few teachers have the skills, knowledge and time to redesign their programmes”. ABC is UCL’s response, a light touch team-based approach which co-creates a visual storyboard for a module in just 90 minutes. Over 75 workshops have been run at UCL with nearly 500 academics (and students) redesigning around 200 modules. The participant response has been overwhelmingly positive and ABC was soon picked up beyond UCL, and is now used at 20 other universities in the UK alone. The Erasmus project builds a strategic partnership between UCL, six other universities from the League of European Universities (Amsterdam, Helsinki, Leuven, Milan and the Sorbonne, with Oxford as an associate) and six innovative universities from Belgium, Denmark, Croatia, Estonia, Ireland and Romania. The partnership will develop ABC as a downloadable toolkit that can be used globally by any institution in the sector.  More information…

Follow the project progress via twitter @ABCtoVLE @ABC_LD.

ABC LD 2016 summary

NatasaPerovic22 December 2016

2016 was a busy year for ABC LD!

In May

  • we visited our colleague Vicky Dale at Glasgow University and  facilitated ABC LD workshop in Glasgow

Academics working ontheir ABC LD

In June

  • ABC LD found its place in the UCL Education strategy

In September

  • We visited Delphine Wante and Sofie Bamelis in VIVES, Belgium and facilitated ABC LD workshops in Bruges

  • And in Kortrijk

November

  • Our Cornwall College colleague David Bevington facilitated ABC LD workshops in Cornwall College

Cornwall College ABC workshop

  • Clive and Natasa took ABC LD to Santiago, Chile, visiting Robert Pardo and UAI

December

  • Started working on ABC LD evaluation as a part of UCL’s new HEFCE-funded curriculum enhancement project

Following our successful bid to the HEFCE Catalyst Fund, which aims to drive innovation in the higher education sector, Digital Education and CALT launch a new project today called UCL Action for Curriculum Enhancement (ACE). Read more..

  • Our DigiEd colleague Jess Gramp facilitated ABC LD workshop at the University of Queensland, Australia

 

In 2016, we also facilitated many ABC LD workshops in UCL

  • For new and existing programmes

module teams @UCL_Pain_MSc #abc_ld workshop pic.twitter.com/b2bSETCaM3

  • For MOOCs (produced ABC_LD cards for MOOCs with FutureLearn colleagues)

  • For students (facilitated the first workshop with students)

  • With DIgiEd team we mapped learning technologies to learning types

 

2017 looks even busier for ABC LD team. See prospective ABC LD workshops on the map below

ABC_LD community map

Happy 2017 to all!

ABC LD team