Design Gallery

This space, curated by LDDI Learning Designers, features current and emerging strategies and resources that support the shifting teaching and learning landscape. Each highlight includes the context for the integration of a particular technology with demonstration and a brief discussion of its pedagogical pros and cons. The design solutions are the result of a partnership between a learning designer and a course author or instructor, but it often includes a collaboration of professionals with diverse skills; educational technologists, media experts, web designers and others.

Zines for Research

Zines present an opportunity for students to creatively publish their ideas or research. As an arts-based pedagogical practice, zines centre student voice and give them the opportunity to disseminate perspectives unavailable in mainstream publications.

Audio Feedback

Providing audio feedback can lessen students’ misinterpretations of instructor feedback and is considered more robust and detailed than written comments. Audio feedback provides a personal touch and invites students to move through the assignment pages with the instructor’s audio feedback and to make connections to the assignment rubric throughout.

Literary Annotations

Collborative annotation tasks allow for deep interactive learning. In online learning spaces, these annotations can be done asynchronously using the Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS). Allowing for responses in various modalities, students can highlight critical components of visual media while learning from each other and building course community.

Peer Review of a Video Essay

Collaborative peer review provides a space for open dialogue among students. Using CLAS gives students the opportunity to give timestamped responses to video presentations and essays. Students can critically and collaboratively engage with each other’s work whlie giving meaningful and specific feedback.

Communication Board

Asynchronous activities create flexibility of time and space into the learning environments. Padlet is one such tool that can be used for brainstorming, research, sharing ideas, and learning new skills. It enables content collaboration and knowledge sharing in a variety of ways with the potential to support active engagement.

Visual Syllabus

The use of media as part of online learning activities serves to engage students with a variety of mediums. Using media in online learning activities and assessments engages students in the course content by combining text, visuals, and videos while creating a strong community of inquiry.

Interactive Grammar Activities

A range of interactive grammar-based activities was created with H5P technology. It enabled students taking a French teacher-education course to have a large number of opportunities for learning and practice.

Infographic Assignment

An online learning environment offers the opportunity to try an alternative assessment strategy. An infographic assignment allows students to be more creative in demonstrating their knowledge of augmentative communication options in a special education course.

NOS Card Game

A redesign of the originally face-to-face Nature of Science (NOS) card game into an online, digital format. This learning activity is pivotal to exploring the underlying assumptions and foundational knowledge of science for new teachers being exposed to science instruction for the first time.

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