The Office for Students (OfS) has highlighted that the quality of these new approaches, as well as the associated alternative learning, teaching and assessment experiences, need to be comparable to existing provision. In the words of Nicola Dandridge (CEO, OfS): “The line we are taking is that provision needs to be different but good – not different but bad.”
Within this context, Advance HE is working with the University of Surrey’s to offer its Active Digital Design (ADD) approach to other institutions to support moving content online to create a quality learner experience.
How does it work?
ADD supports moving content online to create a quality learner experience.
The first stage is a session run with the institution’s programme team and potentially IT colleagues to gain an understanding of your current approach, systems used and the key challenges you have faced. The methodology is explained in detail and expectations of what is expected from the programme team through the process.
Following this, your programme team is taken through the 5 stage ADD methodology.
Each step of the method is a 2-hour long session, using pre-designed templates, modules maps and more to actively create a high quality online experience for learners.
The benefits of ADD
ADD prioritises an active approach to learning and teaching using digital design techniques. It recognises that to engage students online and make them active learners, we need to design with a digital-first mindset.
This involves moving away from looking at a virtual learning environment (VLE) as a static repository that acts as a virtual backdrop to face-to-face teaching and instead, repositioning it through a structured 5 step plan as a location where high-quality learning, teaching and assessment takes place.
It also utilises active programme and module design techniques – such as Learning Design Sprints – to support and develop the skills and confidence of colleagues working online.