We are pleased to announce the launch of the Learning Design Bootcamp 2021. We are honoured to have the Learning Design team from The Open University leading the Bootcamp this year.
The opportunities that the Learning Design Bootcamp offers to academics and learning technologists/educational developers in Higher Education is more relevant than ever before. The pandemic forced the move to online learning with some institutions better prepared than others to face the challenges of quality online learning design and delivery. The Bootcamp this year provides an opportunity to engage with experts and facilitators in the area of Learning Design, whom will guide and support the teams in the implementation of online/blended learning focused on key themes:
- Student journey
- Learning Design
- Evaluation and
We’re delighted with the teams selected this year from the UK, Ireland, Iceland and the United Arab Emirates:
- Bloomsbury Institute London
- The University of Warwick
- University of Wolverhampton
- Regent’s University London
- Newcastle University
- University of East London
- Reykjavik University
- The National University of Ireland Galway
- Letterkenny Institute of Technology
- American University of Sharjah
- Mohammed Bin Rashid University Of Medicine and Health Sciences – Dubai
WHY A LEARNING DESIGN BOOTCAMP?
The Learning Design Bootcamp aims to inspire and empower Learning Technologists, Learning Designers and academics from different disciplines to acquire a Learning Design mind-set, to communicate and connect with mentors and coaches, and finally to aspire for creating value and innovative Learning Design solutions for Higher Education institutions. Dr Maria Toro-Troconis, Bootcamp Founder and Director
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2019 AND 2020?
The Learning Design Bootcamps in 2019 and 2020 provided an intensive four months programme for Learning Technologists and academics engaging in the design and development of a 15 or 30 credit module of their choice.
The Bootcamp targeted 3-6 teams. A team represented a university and required one or two Learning Technologists and an academic from the same institution. The teams were supported on-the- job by mentors and coaches in the design and development of their module following the CoDesigns Learning Design Framework.
The Bootcamp started with an intensive day at the beginning of the Bootcamp and another intensive day at the end. At least one member of the team (Learning Technologist or academic) had to commit to attend both days. During the Bootcamp, the teams designed and developed their modules supported remotely by their mentors with clear deadlines.
At the end of the Bootcamp, the teams attended a final day in which they presented their final designs, as well as the final module developed in their university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or the VLE provided by our sponsors.
A panel of experts evaluated the final designs and developments. The best team won a prize.
The activities and experiences of the teams were followed by the Bootcamp research committee members and documented. The findings after the Bootcamp were shared at different Learning Technology forums including ALT-C 2019, ALT Online Winter Conference 2019, Advance HE, among others.
The parallel research project was governed by the ethics committee of one of the sponsor universities. Participants agreed to have their progress monitored and appraised, involving data collection, for the purposes detailed in the research ethics consent form provided at the beginning of the Bootcamp.
IS THE BOOTCAMP FREE?
The Bootcamp is free. The teams will need to cover their travelling and accommodation expenses for the final meeting COVID-19 restrictions permitting. Student bursaries may be available depending on funding.