Assignment 1: Project proposal

Weight: 10%
Due: 01 April 2015
Length: 600 words

For the major assignment (Learning Design Project), you will be required to design a learning event, course or module that may be part of a larger course or program to address an identified learning or training need in your own teaching and learning context, and provide a rationale for your design decisions. You will not be required to design and implement it in its entirety but you should design the whole project at a high level and expand sufficient of the design to demonstrate how your design would be realised in practice. One approach you might consider would be to design the overall project in outline and one section in full with some small part developed as a pilot to demonstrate the intended implementation. Do not attempt to complete a large project because that may cause you to spend your time focusing on content rather than the design. For Assignment 1, you are required to develop and submit a proposal for this learning design project in order to focus your thoughts and receive feedback that will assist you in completing the final project.

Your project proposal should:

  1. provide a framework for your final project. It should be related to your own work context and also provide brief information concerning the justification of design decisions you will make/have made, for example, who are the students; why have you selected a particular approach to organise the content of your program? While the outline is only a framework, there should be sufficient detail to allow the reader to understand the basis of early design decisions. That means you may need to briefly read ahead to modules 2, 3 and 4 as well as ensure you have read the readings provided in module 1 to do with the learning design process prior to submission of Assignment 1.
  2. contain an outline of the design considerations and proposed content of your program. Concept mapping and mind mapping (and the techniques for preparing these) are provided in the Course Introduction section of the course content and in the Additional Resources on the Study Desk.
  3. include three references that you have used to inform your project proposal/outline. This will enable you to receive formal feedback on your referencing technique as well as encourage you to access the recommended references for the relevant Modules at an early stage in the course
  4. be submitted online by the due date.

The project outline will be assessed using the marking guide below. Marks out of 4 for the 6 criteria will be summed to a total out of 24 and scaled to a mark out of 10.

Important note

The submission of a project proposal and outline is essential to clarify your intentions for the Learning Design Project and enable the course team to provide guidance and advice. This step will enable you to test your ideas and will provide you with a framework for the learning design process.

Avoid the temptation to propose a project based on an already existing program that has been developed previously. Because the design decisions will have been made when the program was developed it will be more difficult to undertake the analysis required for your project. As a consequence your project could be merely a description of what happened in the original development. That is not what you will need to meet the requirements for your project.

Your project should contain an account of your own design considerations and decisions. This does not imply that you should not make reference to existing documents (such as syllabus/curriculum documents), and there may also be scope for the re-design of a program based on previously received evaluation data.

Deliverable

Your submission should be a single document comprising the required elements of the proposal. Acceptable file formats are, in order of preference, DOCX, DOC and RTF. Name your submission file simply assign1 + the relevant extension, that is, assign1.docx, assign1.doc, or assign1.rtf. The assignment system will ensure that your file is adequately identified. There is no need to add a cover sheet or copy of the marking guide.

Element Exemplary
[4]
Exceeds requirement
[3]
Meets requirement
[2]
Less than required
[1]
Inadequate
[0]
Front matter The proposal has a succinct (<= 15 words), catchy and descriptive title, explains the project goal succinctly with reference to appropriate theory, and clarifies the status of the project a new work or revision. The proposal has a succinct (<= 15 words) descriptive title, describes the project goal, and clarifies its status as new or revised. The proposal includes a title, states a goal for the project, and declares the project as a new or revised design. The proposal lacks either a title, goal statement, or declaration of new or revised status. The proposal lacks more than one of title, goal statement or declaration of status.
Learners The proposal explains salient characteristics of the target learners including anticipated motivations in relation to the topic area and level of learning with reference to appropriate theory. The proposal describes the topic area and level in relation to the target audience. The proposal identifies the target audience, topic area and level. The proposal fails to identify one of target audience, topic area or level. The proposal fails to identify more than one of target audience, topic area or level.
Context The proposal explains, with reference to appropriate theory, the relationships among the project, designer/teacher, delivery mode, and organisational supports and constraints. The proposal describes connections among the project, designer/teacher, delivery mode, and orgainsational supports and constraints. The proposal states relevant background of the designer/teacher, identifies the mode of delivery, and identifies relevant organisational supports and constraints. The proposal lacks information about the designer/teacher, the mode of delivery, or orgainsational supports and constraints. The proposal lacks information about more than one of the designer/teacher, the mode of delivery, or orgainsational supports and constraints.
Content & media The proposal explains, with reference to appropriate theory, how the project goal will be addressed by the content, learning strategies, and media inclusions. The proposal describes the planned content, learning strategies and media inclusions. The proposal outlines planned content with learning strategies and media inclusions. The proposal does not adequately outline content, learning strategies or media inclusions. The proposal does not adequately more than one of outline content, learning strategies or media inclusions.
Assessment & evaluation The proposal justifies, with reference to appropriate theory, the strategies to be adopted for assessment of learning and evaluation of the learning design project. The proposal describes the strategies to be used for assessment and evaluation. The proposal identifies strategies for assessment and evaluation. The proposal does not address strategies for either assessment or evaluation. The proposal does not address strategies for assessment and evaluation.
Professional presentation All elements of the submission exemplify high professional standards for communication with sophisticated use of langage and accurate acknowledgement of all sources. All elements of the submission demonstrate good professional standards for communication with no lapses in language conventions and acknowledgement of sources. All elements of the submission adhere to professional standards for communication with no significant lapses in language conventions and appropriate acknowledgement of sources. Most elements of the submission adhere to appropriately professional standards for communication with few significant lapses in language conventions and appropriate acknowledgement of most sources. The submission does not adhere to appropriately professional standards for communication, includes several significant lapses in language conventions, and fails to acknowledge sources.