12 May 2017: Exploring the interface between learning design and evaluation

Presenter: Carmel McNaught, University of Johannesburg, South Africa &  David Kennedy, First Connexions, Hong Kong

Format: Two hour Adobe Connect live 11 am – 1 pm (SAST) via Adobe Connect from the University of Cape Town, South Africa (With possible interaction with presenters via text chat)

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As educators we are designers of learning processes and resources. However, educators are often overwhelmed with the choice of technologies for supporting student learning and what is meant by learning designs with more student-centred pedagogies; terms such as blended learning, flipped learning, student-generated content, etc. can seem off-putting and unhelpful. Learning designs can only be effective when one thinks about (and eventually answers) the questions: How do I expect that this choice of learning design will support students in their learning? How do I know that the learning design was effective? So, evaluation and learning design are tightly intertwined. In this seminar we will unpack what is meant by designing for learning and explore what is involved in scholarly evaluation of learning designs, illustrating the talk with examples from projects involving mobile technologies and ePortfolios; and also those where groupwork, peer review and peer assessment are essential to the learning design, especially for large class sizes. Our examples will come from a range of discipline areas: English language, Social Geography, Business and Chemistry.


Carmel McNaught is a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Learning Technologies Unit of the Department Science and Technology Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg. Carmel is also an Emeritus Professor of Learning Enhancement and former Director of the Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research (CLEAR) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before that she was Head of Professional Development in Learning Technology Services at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She has previous experiences in southern Africa at the University of Zimbabwe and University of KwaZulu Natal. She has worked in the fields of chemistry; science education; second-language learning; learning design; and curriculum, policy, and quality-assurance matters in higher education. She has served on the editorial boards of 18 international journals; and is a prolific author with over 350 academic publications. Since 2012, she has been a higher-education consultant, working mostly in Africa, Australia, Hong Kong and other countries in Asia, New Zealand, the UAE and the UK.


Dr David M KennedyDr David M Kennedy has held a number of senior positions in universities in four countries and consulted in an additional 16 countries. Most recently he was Executive Director: Teaching and Learning at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE, Professor and Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning at James Cook University (Singapore), Associate Professor and Director of the Teaching and Learning Centre, Lingnan University and Programme Director at the University of Hong Kong. His work has included professional development in teaching and learning, research training, and programme and course design. He has also led and contributed to numerous strategic institutional initiatives involving quality assurance, accreditation and programme reviews, and reviews of institutional IT to support Teaching and Learning. He has published >100 academic research papers/ reports, which focused on innovation in the use of ICTs in T&L in multiple academic disciplines, including Education, Medicine, Language learning and Business. Prior to entering higher education he was Head of Science at two private colleges for almost 10 years. He is currently Managing Director, First Connexions, which focuses on supporting teaching, learning and quality matters in higher education.

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