We couldn’t have asked for a better turnout or experience for our first Design Session Studio event. Attendance exceeded our expectations, and everyone warmed quickly to the collaborative design format.
But first, a bit about the learning environment...
Naturally, when you design a virtual, collaborative event about learning environment design you have certain expectations about the performance of the environment. And even though we had planned and rehearsed with the technology, there were plenty of unknowns with regards to how collaborative the session would actually be. We had a number of questions about the design of the virtual learning environment and the tools we were using.
While the answers to these questions weren’t necessarily what we expected, the end result was the the learning environment exceeded our initial expectations. People did not make use of the video or chat features, but they were active in chat. In fact, the usefulness and contextualization of the chat feature seemed to preclude the need for a Twitter back channel. In order to give this feature additional texture, Rob served as a “voice” for the chat and this seemed to function well.
It seems that we worried needlessly about the emergence of organic conversation in the session. Put a group of interested, intelligent people in a room together (physical or virtual), and they don’t have any trouble throwing out questions and engaging one another. And, with regards to producing a collaborative design experience, the session seemed to produce just that.
Of course, there are a number of things we need to adjust for our next session, such as providing more information and materials prior to the event. Still, we’re ready to call this first collaborative design studio a big success. We hope you find it equally rewarding.
Studio Session Notes
And as we worked through the idea, Bucky did a great job of modeling our discussion. Here’s an example.
We also discussed concepts, such as OER, that would be important to explain as part of the project (and at which stage of the lesson). Finally, we talked about the importance of identifying the key capabilities or objectives that we were addressing in each part of the project.
Our discussions quickly materialized into a more formal model, as shown in the screenshots below.