Can curriculum design be as easy as ABC?

By James Robinson. Posted

In our final episode of this series, we explore remote learning and ask: can curriculum design be as easy as ABC? As teachers reflect on their recent experience of remote education, we discuss the ABC design process, which can help plan online experiences that achieve the same goals as their in-person counterparts. Together with our brilliant guests, we look at the ABC approach and examine how it can be applied in practice.

Guests

Our guests are both educators who have explored and applied the ABC research to understand more about their experiences and the benefits of this approach:

  • Jane Waite is a computing education researcher, she is currently responsible for computing education research projects in the new Raspberry Pi Foundation research group
  • Matthew Wimpenny-Smith is a Leader of Digital Strategy for his school, a Teach Computing Primary Hub Lead, a Computing At School (CAS) Community Leader, a member of the Subject Practitioners Panel, and a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator
Carrie Anne Philbin
Carrie Anne Philbin MBE is a computing educator, YouTuber, author, and host of Hello World podcast.
James Robinson
James Robinson is a computing educator, trainer, and host of Hello World podcast.
Jane Waite
Jane Waite is a computing education researcher and is currently responsible for computing education research projects in the new Raspberry Pi Foundation research.
Matthew Wimpenny-Smith
Matthew Wimpenny-Smith is a Leader of Digital Strategy for his school, a Teach Computing Primary Hub Lead, a CAS Community Leader, and a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator.


Together, we discuss the different types of learning activity we use in the physical classroom and how educators can use the ABC process to design online activities that achieve the same goals. We hear from Matthew about his school's experiences of applying this approach throughout the pandemic and how they will use it in the future. We also share stories from other educators on their expereinces, and Jane introduces us to the idea of an acquisition rocket and explains why they should be avoided.

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We’ll be back in three weeks beginning our new series and exploring the question: "What is digital making?" You can get in touch with a question or comment about the discussion in this episode at podcast@helloworld.cc or @helloworld_edu on Twitter.

"Storyboard" by Digital Education, UCL, 2020 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Show notes

General

ABC design process

  • Read more about the ABC learning design process developed by University College London

  • Learn about Diana Laurillard's research on the conversational framework and learning types that underpin ABC

  • Read more about emergency remote teaching in this Pedagogy Quick Read from the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the NCCE

  • Here is an example of a technology wheel created and shared by Matthew

  • Find out more about the activities of the CAS research group

  • Explore the CAS in a box resources, which include resources to support remote learning

Audience links

  • Amanda Haughs shared her intention to apply a new personalised approach to learning using flipped techniques and badging

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