Teaching Leadership as Design – November Events

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This November we are spoilt for choice with some wonderful events hosted by the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI).  On the 14th November Bill Penuel presents two events on Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR). Both of Bill’s events are ideally suited to those leading or working in teams seeking to bring about teaching and curriculum innovation and change – whether as a unit coordinator, program or degree coordinator, head of school, associate dean, or simply someone interested in innovation at scale. Bill Penuel is Professor of Educational Psychology & Learning Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Director of LSHDLearning Sciences & Human Development at the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice. Then, on the 29th November, Professor Gráinne Conole continues with the theme of design principles in teaching through a interactive half-day workshop. Event details are listed below, with further information available on the CRLI website. 

From a few classrooms to many – Expanding design research to support organisational change.

14 November, 10:00 – 11:00, Room 424, Level 4 Education Building A35 

Design-based research involves the iterative design and testing of innovative models for supporting learning in classrooms. Historically, researchers have conducted design studies in a small number of classrooms and focused on carefully documenting interactions with tasks, tools, and people that contribute to learning goals. Today’s demands for organization-level improvement in teaching and learning in schools and universities requires expanding design research to address problems as defined by multiple stakeholders and to learn from innovation implementation across many classrooms. Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR) is an approach to design-based research that employs collaborative design and theories and methods from policy and organizational research to develop and test innovations at scale. This talk will present the core principles of DBIR and an illustration of its principles as applied to the design and implementation of a project-based secondary education biology curriculum across schools in a large urban school system in the U.S. It presents DBIR as an extension of design research that is well positioned to address problems of scale and sustainability.

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Workshop: Organizing Collaborative Design Teams in DBIR 

14 November, 11:00 – 13:00, Room 618 Level 6 Education Building A35

Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR) is an approach to design-based research that employs collaborative design and theories and methods from policy and organizational research to develop and test innovations at scale. In this workshop, participants will gain practice with tools and techniques for organizing collaborative design teams to study and design solutions to problems in their educational setting. Participants will investigate tools used for launching a collaborative design process with educators to design curriculum innovations. Participants will also explore strategies for using evidence from implementation to inform iterations to designs. Finally, participants will have a chance to work individually or in teams to decide how the tools and processes might support their own work to promote organizational change. There will also be the opportunity to discuss how the DBIR approach might be purposefully applied to assess the effectiveness of teaching and curriculum innovation introduced across a program or organizational unit.

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Learning Design workshop with Professor Gráinne Conole 

29 November, 13:00 – 17:00, Charles Perkins Centre, Seminar Rooms 1.1 and 1.3

For those interested in the idea of applying design principles to their own teaching work, Gráinne Conole’s workshop on Wednesday 29 November from 1pm should be a fantastic space to stop and think through your ideas for incorporating digital technologies, storyboard those, and make some decisions. This is an intensive design workshop to help participants make pedagogically informed design decisions that make appropriate use of digital technologies. This might include the design or re-design of face-to-face, blended or online courses (individual modules or whole course). Participants should have a course in mind to design and storyboard the teaching and learning. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • conceptualise the learning design process from different perspectives
  • apply a range of learning design resources, tools and methods to a learning intervention
  • critique a range of pedagogical approaches and the role played by different technologies, in supporting these
  • review and debate the theoretical underpinnings of learning design
  • develop an innovative storyboard, learning activities and a structure for implementation.
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