Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL)
August 3, 2010 10:11 Age: 8 yrs

Visiting 'HEART' Strategists

Category: DFL News & Events

Dr Claire Donald (L) and Ashwini Datt (R)

Visiting Learning Designers, Dr Claire Donald and Ashwini Datt from the University of Auckland conducted a workshop on HEaring And Realising Teaching-voice (HEART) from the 21st to the 23rd of July, 2010. The HEART strategy project is a collaboration between the University of Auckland and the Centre for Flexible and Distance Learning (CFDL), USP with an objective of finding solutions to common problems experienced by Learning Designers.

During the hands on sessions, Dr Donald explained the online HEART questionnaire concept that could be used to ensure that course development teams have the same pedagogical beliefs and practices or where pedagogical beliefs find voice as pedagogical practice before developing a course. Once the questionnaire is submitted a result will be populated with visualisation tools in the form of a bubble chart and a tree-map chart which may generate discussions on how to improve the overall design of a course.
The second day of the workshop focused on Cloudworks, a social networking tool for sharing new ideas and learning designs which is integrated with the HEART tool. Cloudworks allowed participants to access USP HEART trial results and send messages to each other using the public access mode facility. The session also includes clouds and cloud spaces where participants use clouds or discussion forum topics to discuss issues that are relevant to learning and teaching at USP and cloud spaces to collect clouds about a certain topic.

Other relevant learning design tools include the Teaching Perspectives Inventory (TPI) and the Approaches of Teaching Inventory (ATI) which summarises your ideas about teaching and clarifies the teaching views of others.