Hybrid Learning Model, University of Ulster

Rob Ridge-Stearn, Head of e-Learning at Newman University College in Birmingham,  brought this model and yet another set of useful facilitation of cards to my attention via his blog post, Old MOOCS W3 Conceptualising with Cards, in response to the Week 3 activities in the OLDS MOOC, which draw participants into the next stage of designing their dream course.

As we move from the more theoretical process of conceptualisation into the more practical realm of ideation, we are asked to contemplate/preview/share/explore and experiment with a range of tools in the week 3 cloudworks learning design toolbox, several which I have been using to redevlop modules in ULT – the OULDI Course Features Cards and the Course Map.

Rob suggests using the CETL Utilising Institutional E-Learning Services To Enhance The Learning Experience, University of Ulster’s ‘Hybrid Learning Model Event Cards, once the Course Map is completed, to articulate and define the specific learning activities.

The model proposes eight interactional learning events: receives, debates, experiments, creates, explores, practices, imitates and meta-learns. These events are explored in terms of the teacher and learner, using associated verbs. The model is supported by flash cards that depict the eight learning events (8LEM). For further information about the HLM, click here.

It is then suggested that the events are mapped to a mapping grid – the CETL Utilising Institutional E-Learning Services To Enhance The Learning Experience, University of Ulster’s Hybrid Learning Model – Mapping Grid.

See an online slideshow about the process of using the Flashcards here

I must say, I am really enjoying using all of these cards! They help me visualise the learning design and structure the process in a manner that is freeform, flexible and dynamic. I am thus able to perceive elements of the course framework as a work-in-progress –  the cards can be rearranged during subsequent stages of collaboration and reflection,  up until the point we wish to create version 1. And it remains endlessly malleable.

I intend to add these cards to my toolkit and try them with the design and development of the Learners and Learning model.