On July 12th and 13th 2010, the Faculty of Business & Economics (FBE) and the Centre for Flexible and Distance Learning (CFDL) jointly organised a workshop on programme design and alternative methods of materials production. The workshop was conducted by Professor Fred Lockwood who is Emeritus Professor of Learning and Teaching at the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Participants from the three faculties of the university and CFDL attended the 2 day workshop. He was also assisted by Professor Santosh Panda, Director CFDL and Valentine Hazelman, Senior Instructional Designer, CFDL.
Mainstreaming DFL, alternative models of materials production, assembling a course proposal, linking programme blueprint, course proposals and access devices were the key concepts covered on the first day of the workshop. The second day of the workshop focused on designing learner activities, choice of instructional media, learner workload and readability and mechanisms of production.
Professor Lockwood has a wealth of experience in instructional design and education technology and worked for the UK Open University from 1975 to 2000. He has been invited to to be keynote speaker at numerous national and international conferences and has conducted more than 20 pre or post conference workshops. Professor Lockwood has done consulting work for many higher education institutions across the world including Malaysia. India, Nigeria, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, USA and Australia. He was also part of an international team of experts who conducted a review of distance and learning at USP.
Following the two day workshop is a daylong round table discussion on the 14th of July on alternative methods of materials production. This discussion will include CFDL and heads of schools/faculties.