At our classroom discussion in Purple Group this morning, an issue was raised about different versions of the JISC learning activity design diagrams.
In the required reading JISC document, Effective Practice in a Digital Age, Figure 1 on Page 13 is shown in a diamond shaped form as follows:
One of the other links in the reading list is to different form of the diagram (also produced by JISC), showing a simpler, triangular form. The main difference appears to be that the diamond form has ‘Other people’ as a key aspect of the design, whereas the triangular form only has the three key aspects of learners, intended learning outcomes and learning environment.
‘Other people’, in the diamond version, includes the tutors. Tutors do not appear to feature specifically in the triangular version. We were curious as to why the rationale for two different versions of the diagram.
On reflection, I was wondering whether it has anything to do with the dates they were produced. The ‘triangular’ version dates from 2004 and bits of its content suggest it was produced solely for on line learning activity design. The diamond version dates from 2007 and, judging by the description of the ‘Learning Environment’ at the top of the page, was aimed at both on line and face to face teaching. Maybe in the wisdom existing in 2004, the presence of tutors was considered less of a critical factor and on line learning was only thought appropriate for a limited range of subject matter?
I just remain curious as to the different bases of the diagrams and welcome any thoughts and ideas....