Where to start to innovate your teaching? But before that, what does it mean to innovate in the classroom? Designing Learning Innovation aims to put the designing culture at the service of learning innovation, supporting those who do not have a specific pedagogical background and those who wish to learn the basic tools of a good teaching design then to continue exploring the frontiers of innovation.
A set of logical and methodological tools to innovate teaching, finding the most suitable approaches with one’s own vision of the teaching-learning experience.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs)
If you actively participate in this course, at the end you will be able to:
Use basic theoretical-methodological tools (such as Constructive Alignment and the Learning Innovation Network) to enhance teaching coherence between learning objectives, assessment methods and learning experiences;
apply pedagogical frameworks of the active learning methodology to the design either an individual teaching module or an entire teaching path;
evaluate advantages and disadvantages, in the field of your own teachings, of traditional evaluation approaches compared to the new assessment strategies, in particular those oriented to the formative evaluation;
apply simple strategies for managing the active class in small, medium and large classrooms;
designing and producing quality teaching materials also enhancing the availability of “Open Educational Resources”.
THE MOOC-BOOK: MATERIALS AND ACTIVITIES
The MOOC is realized in a strongly integrated way with the book "Designing Learning Innovation" that will soon be published by Pearson (the english version will be the translation of the italian one already published).
In the course you will find video lessons and infographic articulated as in the book. You will also encounter different types of activities which will contribute to make your experience richer and more complete.
Why Learning Innovation
The topic of this first week “Why should we carry out Learning Innovation” explores the concept of Learning Innovation and the reasons behind it, trying to find an answer to the question: “why should we need to innovate our teaching?”
The Intended Learning Outcomes
In this second week we will look into the topic of Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) and their key role as a guide in the process of designing teaching experiences. We will start from the Constructive Alignment theory to then analyze the Dublin Descriptors and Bloom’s Taxonomies, useful in helping us to create a richer plan for the Intended Learning Outcomes.
The topic of this third week is Assessment of the teaching and learning experience.
The Pedagogical Frameworks
In this fourth week we will consider the pedagogical frameworks and their potential use when designing learning innovation.
The Learning Innovation Network: active classroom
In the fifth and sixth week we explore the Learning Innovation Network as a tool for designing teaching and learning experiences, developed by METID - Politecnico di Milano. It places at the center of attention the dynamic of interactions among subjects that generate the experience of teaching and learning. The Learning Innovation Network is for the teacher designer a tool for designing learning innovation: through the deconstruction of the learning experience in its key components (subjects, activities, contents, channels, outside world) it stimulates observation and offers ideas for redesigning. In this fifth week, we will focus, in particular, on the use of Networked Learning to plan learning innovation, starting by identifying and representing the subjects of teaching and learning experience and the definition and description of learning activities for active classes. In the sixth week, the focus will be on the designing of contents, of communication channels and strategies to integrate the “outside world” in order to support teaching and learning activities, and monitoring the innovative experience of teaching-learning.
The Learning Innovation Network: contents and useful connections
In the fifth and sixth week we explore the Learning Innovation Network tool for teaching and learning design, developed by METID - Politecnico di Milano, that sets the dynamic of interactions between subjects that generate the experience of teaching and learning and use them at the center of attention.
The Learning Innovation Network is for the teacher designer a tool for the design of learning innovation: through the deconstruction of the learning experience in its key components (subjects, activities, content, channels, outside world) it stimulates observation and offers ideas for redesigning. After identifying and describing the subjects in the teaching and learning experience, in this sixth week we are going to focus on the planning related to content, channels of communication and strategies to integrate the “outside world” as well as monitoring finalized to assess the efficacy of teaching innovation interventions.
Federica Brambilla, Daniela Casiraghi and Susanna Sancassani