The 7Cs of Learning Design Toolkit

This section contains an integrated set of resources for technology-enhanced learning design across discplines. The resources have all been tried and tested by participants on the University of Leicester's Carpe Diem workshops and the Open University's OULDI (OU Learning Design Initiative) project, and are organised under the headings of seven Cs: conceptualise, capture, create, communicate, collaborate, consider and consolidate.
How to use the 7Cs toolkit for designing technology-enhanced learning
A brief guide to using the resources in this toolkit
The 7Cs e-tivities map
This document contains links to all the e-tivities in the 7Cs learning design toolkit, along with a short purpose statement for each one. This is the recommended starting point for anyone interested in using the 7Cs resources.
E-tivity 2: Introduce yourself
Purpose: to introduce yourself to other participants on the 7Cs Learning Design course and get to know others. To be done using the discussion forum of your virtual learning environment.
E-tivity 3: Start your reflective blog
Purpose: to start a blog in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), sharing your expectations of, and reflections on the learning design course with your fellow participants. Blogs will be written individually, and the "comments" function will be used to respond to other learners' blog posts.
E-tivity 4: Course description
Purpose: to share the description of the module/course that you plan to design.
E-tivity 5: How to ruin a course
Purpose: to identify undesirable course features to be avoided. To be done in a group, either face-to-face or online.
E-tivity 7: Consider your course features
Purpose to consider the features you want to include in your module/course, which will affect not only the look and feel of the course, but also the nature of the learners’ experience. Can be done face-to-face with physical, printed cards, or online using the free sticky notes software.
E-tivity 8: What are discussion forums, blogs and wikis good for?
Purpose: to consider the use of three central, VLE-based tools for interaction and collaboration on your course. Designed to be done online using a VLE-based wiki or other collaborative writing tool.
E-tivity 9: Create your course map
Purpose: to start mapping out your module/course, including your plans for guidance and support, content and the learner experience, reflection and demonstration, and communication and collaboration. To be done in course teams, preferably face-to-face, and uploaded to a shared space for other participants to see and comment on.
E-tivity 10: Analyse your activity profile
Purpose: to consider the balance of activity types that will be included in your module/course. To be done in course teams, either online or face-to-face. Activity profiles to be uploaded to a shared space for peer feedback.
Archived 7Cs resources
The resources in this folder were used in the SAIDE, SPEED and other learning design workshops run by the Beyond Distance Research Alliance in 2012. Updated versions of these resources can be found in the parent folder.
E-tivity 12: Plan for assessment
To create an assessment plan for your module/course, incorporating good practice.
E-tivity 13: Develop your storyboard
Purpose: to develop a storyboard for your module/course in which the learning outcomes are aligned with the assessment events, topics (contents) and e-tivities.
E-tivity 14: Using and reusing OERs
To learn about different ways of using OERs based on evidence from research and to plan for the creation of open content.
E-tivity 16: Resource audit
Purpose: to decide how you will source the content for your module/course, including the possibility of incorporating OERs produced elsewhere.
E-tivity 17: Use your voice
To practise the use of voice technologies to foster learning.
E-tivity 18: Plan a series of podcasts
Purpose: to plan for the creation of a series of podcasts/audio files.
E-tivity 19: Create a podcast for learning
To plan for the creation of a series of podcasts/audio files.
E-tivity 20: Find and use open images
To find and incorporate suitable images into OERs.
E-tivity 21: Develop your e-tivities
Purpose: to generate one or more e-tivities for your module/course, ensuring alignment with your storyboard and course map.

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