Having completed a degree in Computing with Psychological Studies, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing and currently being half way through a Masters in Creative Writing, you would think that I would be uniquely qualified to write about pretty much anything I want (not to mention having a head so swollen that I can hardly fit in this room). But, once again I find, within me, a knowledge-gap.
I now know that I know little about Learning Design (LD). This, according to Edutechwiki, is ‘the activity of designing units of learning, learning activities or learning environment.’
Strikes me that LD would be a useful thing to know more about. I have always had the faint hope that people would find some use for the words that I write. I hope that they will be learn something new and interesting out of all the thousands of words I have written over the years so it would be nice to present what I say in a way that would make this easier for them to do this (yeah, I know – too many words in this paragraph with most of them being redundant).
So, what do I need to know? Just off the top of my head, it seems that the basic principle seems to be that courses of learning should be designed in such a way that they make it easier for the student to absorb the learning on offer. On one hand, this seems to be easy enough – just make the information clear, accessible, interesting and informative, right?
On the other hand, there may be many different kinds of people accessing the information. What is easy for one person might be difficult for another. How does the designer ensure that people of disparate abilities all benefit from the same material? Should it be individually tailored by means of a pre-assessment of knowledge/capabilities, or should basic material be mixed with the advanced material in the hope that there will be something there for everyone?
I’m sure that my thoughts have only scratched the surface of a deep body of knowledge, and already I see challenges. How much more would I find if I decided to wade further in? I also know that I’m talking out of my arse. I know virtually nothing about this subject. This is what it feels like to be vulnerable. I open myself up to your criticism. In fact – I welcome it.
(inspired by a post on the blog of Martyn Stevenson-Read)