ABC Learning Design workshop
The ABC Learning Design (ABC LD) approach is an engaging and high-energy, hands-on curriculum development workshop developed at University College London (UCL). Teaching teams work together to create a visual ‘storyboard’, outlining the type and sequence of students’ learning activities required to meet Intended Learning Outcomes. The storyboard is made up of pre-printed cards representing the type and sequence of learning activities (both online and offline) required. The main part of the toolkit is a card-set with the six learning types: Acquisition, Inquiry, Practice, Production, Discussion and Collaboration. Formative and summative assessment methods are included as part of the toolkit.
One of the strengths of the ABC LD is that it creates a high level of engagement, creative informed dialogue, and group reflection on curriculum design among very busy and overloaded academic staff in universities. The ABC LD workshop has been used successfully in UCL and the UCL team has found the method to be highly transferable beyond universities, and other universities and colleges in Europe, North and South America, including University of Copenhagen (UCPH), have started to use the method. The key words for the ABC LD methodology are pace, engagement, and collaboration. In just 90 minutes, using a prototyping workshop, teaching teams co-create a visual ‘storyboard’ of the student’s learning path.