Learning Design Principles

Pearson, Dec 19, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Michael Feldstein points to this report on learning design principles from Pearson. The report (102 page PDF) is called "Objective Design and Instructional Alignment," which gives you a sense of their perspective. The recommendations are (quoted):

  • Explicitly specify observable knowledge, skills, or attributes a learner will achieve in the learning experience in objective statements.
  • Derive these from relevant standards.
  • Align all assessments and content to objectives to create aligned learning experiences, which are essential to effective learning experiences and Pearson's efficacy goals.

The report itself steps through a series of design principles, ranging from 'assessments' to 'learning object design' to 'critical thinking', and accompanies each with a set of rubrics for evaluating the concordant design. I like the structure of the document, though I think the authors could have been more discriminating in their selection of subjects - 'grit', in particular, doesn't really belong. There's also a blog post providing more background on the project.

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