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ABC learning design for blended curricula

Keynote 2 | Dienstag 28.09.2021 | 16:00 – 17:00 Uhr

Zum Zoom Raum

Nataša Perović and Dr. Clive Young

ABC learning Design is a hands-on curriculum development workshop developed at University College London (UCL). In just 90 minutes teaching teams work together to create a visual ‘storyboard’. The storyboard is made up of pre-printed cards representing the type and sequence of learning activities (both online and offline) required to meet the module or programme learning outcomes.

Assessment methods, cross-program themes and institutional policies are all integrated into the process. The key to this approach is pace, engagement and collaboration. ABC has been found particularly useful for new programmes or those changing to an online or more blended format. The approach generates high levels of engagement, and stimulates creative informed dialogue and group reflection about curriculum design among even time-poor academics.

ABC was developed by Clive Young and Nataša Perović in 2014. It builds on the six learning types concept from Prof Diana Laurillard’s hugely respected model of how students learn, ‘Conversational Framework’, described in Teaching as a Design Science (2012). ABC has now been run successfully for over four years at UCL where over 1000 faculty have co-designed over 250 modules, short courses and MOOCs.

Nataša Perović

Nataša Perović is the Digital Education Advisor at University College London supporting the adoption of UCL’s learning and teaching strategies across the School of Life and Medical Sciences and implementation of ABC LD method across UCL. She also contributes to academic development sessions in UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education. She has a background in science, web development and teaching and has been working on e-learning development in medical and allied health sciences in higher education since 2006. Nataša is the co-developer of the ABC learning design method, now used worldwide.

Dr. Clive Young

Dr Clive Young is the Digital Education Advisory Team Leader at University College London supporting the adoption of UCL learning and teaching strategies across four Schools and numerous departments. He was for 10 years an associate lecturer at the UK Open University on the MA in Online and Distance Education. He has instigated and led numerous institutional, national and international projects and his current interests include institutional change models, media pedagogy and learning design. Dr Young is the co-developer of the widely-used ABC learning design method.

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