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ABC LD – the next steps

13 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 resources for designing FutureLearn MOOCs

18 July 2017

ABC LD Resources produced for UCL staff designing FutureLearn MOOCs.PO_FL_week1

 

ABC LD workshop presentation for FL MOOCs

 

ABC LD graph (A4)

 

ABC LD cards for FutureLearn MOOCs (each cards hould be printed in A6)

 

ABC LD worksheet (storyboard) – (A1)

 

ABC LD additional online activities (A4)

 

ABC LD FL tools mapped to learning types (A3, not editable)

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The ABC Learning Design is built on curriculum design research from the JISC* (Viewpoints) and work of Prof Diana Laurillard, UCL IoE** (learning types).
* Viewpoints project (2008-2013),
**Laurillard, D. (2012). Teaching as a Design Science: Building Pedagogical Patterns for Learning and Technology. New York and London: Routledge.


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ABC LD 2016 summary

22 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


ABC has reached 21

24 March 2016

Digital Education has now run 21 of our popular rapid learning design workshops. ABC uses an effective and engaging paper card-based method in a 90 minute hands-on workshop. It is based on research from the JISC and UCL IoE and over the last year has helped 70 module and course teams design and sequence engaging learning activities. It has proved particularly useful for new programmes or those changing to an online or more blended format.

To find out if ABC is for you this short video captured one of our workshops earlier this year.

Participants feedback remains encouragingly  positive 

“I thought the ABC session was really helpful.  I had been a little unsure ahead of the session what it would achieve – but I genuinely got a lot from it.  Going back to the basics of methods etc really helped focus on the structure and balance of the module.  I thought the output was very useful.”

“Thank you for convening the abc workshop today, i  found it thought provoking and challenged the way we think about our teaching. It is too easy to stick to what we have done previously and I found today gave me different ways to think about how to evaluate our current teaching and to bring in different approaches. It will definitely improve my thinking and I will continue with the approach to incorporate some of the ideas into the modules.”

“Thank you for the workshop today- it was an eye opener. I found it really useful to think about categorising how the learning objectives will be delivered and assessed, and examining the variety of ways that these can be achieved. It made me think more deeply about what skills the students can develop by making them responsible for their learning journey and not simply the content that needs to be delivered to them. We will let you know how it goes!”

“It was great and many initiatives have emerged from it.”

abc workshop group work

For questions and workshops contact Clive and Nataša

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For more information see :

ABC Curriculum Design 2015 Summary
http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/digital-education/2015/12/02/abc-curriculum-design-2015-summary/

ABC workshop resources and participants’ feedback http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/digital-education/2015/09/30/9169/

ABC beginnings http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/digital-education/2015/04/09/abc-arena-blended-connected-curriculum-design/

 

ABC News:

We are currently developing an online toolkit to support the workshop, have been working closely with CALT to embed the Connected Curriculum in designs and we are developing collaboration projects with The University of Glasgow, Aarhus University (Denmark), University of Leiden (Netherland) and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile) in order to look at the learning impact of this method. Our colleagues in Chile are even translating the workshop into Spanish.

ABC also featured on UCL Teaching and Learning portal as a case study: Designing programmes and modules with ABC curriculum design http://www.ucl.ac.uk/teaching-learning/case-studies-news/e-learning/designing-abc-curriculum-design