ABC Learning Design is a high-energy, hands-on curriculum development workshop. In just 90 minutes teaching teams work together to create a visual ‘storyboard’ representing the type and sequence of learning activities (both online and offline) required to meet the module or programme learning outcomes. ABC has been found particularly useful for new programmes or those changing to an online or more blended format.
We encourage programme teams to attend to work together on modules in the same programme. Although ABC LD has been designed to take place in a face to face setting, we have redesigned the ABC format to run these sessions online. Sessions take place in BigBlueButton (Sulis Meetings) in a dedicated Sulis site.
The nature of our module is that it is very practical and even when we completed the spider diagram it was evident that a larger portion of our time is spend in discussion, practice and production which by it’s very nature, tends to be easier to complete when face to face with students. As a result of the time in the break out room, we were able to have a very good discussion among the team of tutors as to how we might amend our delivery to adapt to the virtual world. Of course this is just the beginning for us but I think that we are on the right path and it is really great to have such a great framework to use going forward.
Elaine Kiely, Careers Service
Sessions are advertised regularly. Alternatively, programme teams or departments can request a training session at a time that suits them. These sessions are kindly facilitated in collaboration with colleagues in CTL and Learning Technologists in the Faculties.
For more information please contact ide.osullivan[at]ul.ie, angelica.risquez[at]ul.ie or david.f.moloney[at]ul.ie
The following resources may be useful should you wish to continue to storyboard your own modules following the ABC process that we use in our workshops:
- Instructions to make your own clean copy of the ABC Storyboard on Microsoft Planner
- PowerPoint based ABC Storyboard (PPT download)
- Learning Types Spider Graph (Excel download)
- An overview of UL supported tools by learning type (ABC tools wheel) (video)