I work together with colleagues and students on learning agreements in the IT in Society class, and we have developed a framework for writing these agreements that we use. The framework developed to support the students in writing learning agreements in the IT in Society course has been built on past cycles of experience in OEGP courses, theoretical insights from the HCI field and based on discussions with students.
Students often find it very difficult to write learning agreements as they are very unused to setting up goals for their own development, instead of being given these goals by a teacher.
We wrote a paper based on the development of the learning agreements that was presented at the Frontiers in Education conference in Erie last week. The paper is written collaboratively by Tony Clear from Auckland University of Technology, Roger McDermott from Robert Gordon University Aberdeen and the group of facutly and students from Uppsala University: Elin Parsjö, Mats Daniels, Nanna Lagerqvist and me. The paper has the title: “A Framework for Writing Learning Agreements”.
The idea is to build an IT based system for this framework as an element of a research based development. We have implemented this as a course Wiki set of pages. These pages contain:
- General information about the assignment of writing a learning agreement.
- Descriptions of the different professional competencies involved in the learning agreement (the nine graduate attributes from Curtin University).
- A template for writing learning agreements.
- Resources for developing different aspects of professional competencies.
- A reflection section with specific questions related to what has been developed for each of the professional competencies.
- A set of personas and scenarios.
We are still working on the implementation of the framework, and one step had been to try the personas in two course instances. So there is more to come in this area of didactic research 🙂