Events 2014

The Third International Learning Design Challenge: Move-It-Online

Led by Professor Diana Laurillard from The London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education in collaboration with Building Community Knowledge, MirandaNet, Creative Digital Solutions and Hands-ON ICT project.

The Aim

Our 3rd online International Learning Design Challenge is about understanding the impact of taking teaching and learning activities online. We will provide ways of describing and planning effective teaching ideas, especially those that illustrate ‘pedagogically purposeful uses of technology for learning’. The Challenge is to transfer this to your own optimal way to move it online.

What will you get out of the design challenge?

  1. Free CPD
  2. Collaborating with others on a learning design challenge that is useful to you
  3. Learning from your peers while contributing to changing and reshaping education that has international potential
  4. Experimenting with our international learning design tool
  5. Experimenting with our CRAM tool
  6. Contributing to international community knowledge about teaching with technology
  7. Being part of a MOOC
  8. Getting “Badged” recognised: There are up to 4 badges for this event. But there is some hard work to be done to get them. Are you up for the “move-it online” challenge!!!

Who should do the challenge?
This challenge is open to all participants who deliver education to all sectors both formal and informal, so for example why you might join the challenge:

  • I never use any technology in my classroom to teach and I would like to think about designing an activity that I could use with some learning experiences I have in mind;
  • I would like to try to bring a particular experience of using technology in the classroom to help with a particular learning experience;
  • I have never taken any activity online and would like to design an activity and get feedback about this;
  • I do lots of blended learning and I want to take this opportunity to get some feedback from my peers;
  • I do lots of blended learning and I want to take this opportunity to share some of my experiences through the learning designer and CRAM tool and get some feedback from my peers;
  • I do lots of online teaching I want to take this opportunity to get some feedback from my peers;
  • I do lots of online designs and I am interested in using the learning designer tool and CRAM tool and getting feedback from my peers:
  • I am an instructional designer and work with teachers to take their courses online and I would like see how/if these tools can help me;
  • The challenge sounds interesting and I would like to experiment and find out more …
  • I just like learning about new things…

To sign up and find out more

Learning Designer and Cost Modelling Workshop

The workshop is collaboration with Learning Designer Community, MirandaNet, Hands-on ICT and Creative Digital Solutions.

Date: Wednesday 15h October from 10:00-16:30

Location: London Knowledge Lab

Workshop sign-up

Outline about the workshop follows

You are invited to attend this workshop on building teaching community knowledge to make best use of learning technologies. As taking courses and activities online is now expected of most of us involved in Education we will also explore how to understand the impact of taking teaching and learning activities online.

The aim is to provide ways of describing and sharing most effective teaching ideas, especially those that illustrate ‘pedagogically purposeful uses of technology for learning’.

The workshop will introduce the Learning Designer, a simple web interface that enables the user to browse learning designs for selected learning outcomes, topics and activities. It is possible to search for designs, review designs and adapt designs and create your own design. A core focus but not limited to is the design of learning design activities with a particular focus on teaching and using ICT. The designs created will be internationally shareable and maybe used during the Third International Learning Design Challenge, which will be collaborating with phase III of the Hands On ICT project. The focus of the learning designs will be around technology, in particular teaching ICT in a broad sense e.g. digital literacies, IT, Computer Science and e-safety.

The workshop gives all participants hands-on access to the design tool, with guided activities in browsing, designing and sharing designs.

During the workshop there will be opportunities for participants to comment on the design and CRAM tool to make suggestions for changes, critique existing designs, and develop their own designs and experiment with resources and cost modelling when moving from face-to-face to online teaching.

The project team would like to make use of all these inputs as research data, to improve the quality of the tool and the workshop. Participants will be given consent forms at the start, and will be able to agree to or decline the use of the different types of data by signing the consent form at the end. All data will be anonymised, but for agreed use, you may choose to be identified.

If the designs are made public on the tool members of the learning designer community will be able to use the designs as well.

Workshop Programme

10.00  Introductions

10.20 Demo – What makes for a good design

Walk-through of the Learning Designer tool.

A rubric as a guide for providing peer-feedback about designs.


10:45-11:15 Activity 1:

Participants work in pairs to critique and annotate the representation of ICT learning designs. The rubric can be used as a guide to reflect about the designs (although designs will be provided the participants can choose other designs to use during the session).


11.15-12:15 Activity 2: Developing your own design

Working in pairs or small groups

Participants work in project groups/pairs to begin development of their own Learning Designs. They can continue to work on the design and modify this or start from their own design.

12:15 – 12:45 Exchange designs

Exchange designs for peer feedback: Using the rubric as a guide provide some initial feedback about one design

12.45- 1:15 Updating your design

Make some final updates and modifications to your design

1:15 – 1:30 Discussion

13.30 LUNCH

14.00- 14:15 CRAM introduction

Overview of the activities and setting the scene

14:15 – 14:45 working in pairs to discuss activity

In small groups you will discuss the potential impact on learning benefits and teaching costs of moving teaching from face to face to online and scaling up from 20 to 100 students.

14:45-15:00 Discussion

Key observations to provide a context for exploring the CRAM tool.



15:00-15:30 Using the CRAM tool and making changes on an example

There will be a brief introduction to using CRAM and then you will get the opportunity try out some changes.

15:30 -16:00 Discussion about experience, Feedback Q&A

16:00 –16.30 Joining the International Learning Designer Challenge as part of the Hands-ON ICT Phase 3

What’s planned and how to join and take some of your ideas today further.

For more information contact

Learning Designer Community


Hands On ICT

Learning Designer tool




A MirandaNet submission to

ETAG (Education Technology Action Group)

13th June meeting from 1000 am – 1600

To attend sign up here

London Knowledge Lab 23-29 Emerald Street London WC1N 3QS United Kingdom

If you cannot come to the meeting you can put your submission on mirandalink or send it to Government deadline for submission is 23rd June so MirandaNet will want submissions by the 16th June.

To send in a personal reply register here.

Submitting short, focused, future policy suggestions

The context

MirandaNet is planning a submission to the Education Technology Action Group (ETAG) was set up in February 2014 by three ministers: Michael Gove, Matthew Hancock and David Willetts.

Professor Diana Laurillard who is a member of the group says,

“The new ‘education technology’ consultation is an opportunity for MirandaNet to influence policy. Ministers want to build on what we already know about using learning technology. This will create a more secure foundation for effective policy.

I would like to invite MirandaNet members to help us make this consultation process as productive as possible for all sectors of education….To be able to make a meaningful contribution, we want to focus on learning technology, not the full range of technology use in education”

The mirandalink message indicate what the community could contribute from current innovation, exploration and sharing of ideas around the effective use of learning technology. ETAGs want to capture that.



The areas to cover

Here are the two ETAG aims we need to cover:

  • support the agile evolution of the FE, HE and schools sectors in anticipation of disruptive technology for the benefit of learners, employers & the UK economy
  • identify any barriers to the growth of innovative learning technology that have been put in place (inadvertently or otherwise) by the Governments, as well as thinking about ways that these barriers can be broken down.

These are the four areas of interest:

Connected Institutions
(1a) Learning will be significantly more global. How do we enable institutions to collaborate and learn from the best in the world – including their neighbours?
(1b) Servers and services will be cloud based. What prevents institutions from taking full advantage of the benefits of cloud based technology? This links to strand 2b as institutions will need to consider how solutions integrate with any devices brought by students.
(1c) Online learning. What is holding back its further integration into education? What can Government do to remove barriers that prevent uptake? For example, could it be integrated by design into current structures, for example by making some aspects of online learning an entitlement for students?
Servers and infrastructure
(2a) Students with sight and control of their own complex learning “big” data. What prevents institutions from making best use of student data, both for teachers and by students themselves?
(2b) Technology will be even more personal. How can we enable effective and safe use of personal devices inside and outside of the classroom?
Understanding and accrediting learning
(3a) We will know a LOT more about how we learn. We are learning more all the time about how children and young people can learn more effectively using technology. What are the barriers that prevent this knowledge being used in education and what are the key trends that should inform the work of the other strands, particularly 1c.
(3b) Better measures of performance. What can technology to support and supplement existing measures of progress and performance? How can the system be changed to allow children and young people to demonstrate the skills and capabilities needed for modern world? How do we effectively measure extra learning outcomes? How should this be joined up with proposals on ‘big data’ from strand 2a?
(3c) New emerging teaching and learning. How can we remove barriers to effective sharing and take-up of good practice? How does this link to the work on strand 1a?
Wildcard discussions A place to discuss other matters that have not yet been raised.

Rescue ETAG—say no to FELTAG

The ETAG annoucement says the group is “an independent group that builds on the good work done by the DfE Education Technology Group and by the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG-REPORT-FINAL).

In his blog Crispin Weston is critical of the FELTAG report on the grounds of the lack of evidence that digital technologies support teaching and learning effectively and that teachers are digitally literate. He argues well.

How can Miranda avoid this pitfall in our submission?

More connections

Find more about ETAG here
Join the conversation #ETAG on Twitter

You can also put in your own submission here

The deadline for the MirandaNet report is 16th June in order to meet the government deadline of  23rd June 2014.