In considering this problem, we developed a process to capture case-studies of digital learning innovation and then mapped these to two contextual parameters, as part of a multi-institutional project on health science education (Higher Education Institution Challenge, 2016). The first parameter was the stage of the learning journey that the digital innovation related to. The learning journey was first encoded as a series of 22 nodes beginning with curriculum design and course marketing, through learning and assessment to alumni and continuing professional development. The second contextual parameter was the quality domain that expressed the intention of the innovator when deploying the technology. These included deployment to improve an existing mode of delivery through to preparing students for working in a digital workforce. To enable the use of innovations to be scaled up, the maps and their case studies were developed and released as an open interactive tool known as “TRI-IT” standing for The Technology Related Innovation-Implementation Tool. The tool enables users to construct a learning pattern and then explore how technology could be deployed within it, through the exemplars within the case studies.
To date over 100 case studies from 9 institutions have been collected and mapped to one or more of the learning and quality nodes. The tool has been used in a number of workshops at different institutions and by a range of individuals engaged in curriculum development.
During the presentation, we will introduce the tool as part of a hands-on activity. Working individually or in small groups, participants will be asked to plan a hypothetical learning journey with the TRI-IT application and then find examples and innovations that could suit their needs from the tool. There will then be an opportunity to share learning designs and discussions with the wider group. We will also present initial findings of the use of the tool with a range of academics, looking at their evaluations and experiences.
Higher Education Institution Challenge, (2016) Collaborating for quality Improvement [online] Available at http://enqire.org/
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