This design tool will help with the now urgent process of moving your teaching online.
The Learning Designer is an online tool to help teachers and lecturers design teaching and learning activities and share their learning designs with each other. It was developed by a team led by Diana Laurillard at the UCL Knowledge Lab, with ESRC funding, and is free for anyone to use.
The tool is based on the six learning types from Diana Laurillard’s Conversational Framework – a model of the conditions necessary for learning to take place. The six learning types are: Read/Write/Listen (or Acquisition), Inquiry, Practice, Production, Discussion and Collaboration. In principle, a good learning design will contain a mix of all of these types of learning.
There are two screens in the Learning Designer: the Browser screen and the Designer screen. You can search for and adapt other people’s learning designs in the Browser screen or design your own from scratch in the Designer screen.
The tool provides feedback on your design by showing you (a) the amount of learning time you have designed, and (b) a pie chart of the proportion of each of the six learning types in your design. You decide what adjustments to make. In principle, a good learning design will contain a mix of all of these types of learning. The Analysis tab also shows the proportions of time learners spend online, with the teacher present, and as a class, group or individual.
The link to the User Guide below contains all the instructions for using the tool.
The learning designs you have created or adapted will appear under "My Designs" in your personal space, where you can also save other designs you find useful.
Further functionality for the Learning Designer is being developed.
The Learning Designer was developed by a team led by Diana Laurillard at the UCL Knowledge Lab, with ESRC funding.