Designing AU's Learning Framework

Learning Framework Draft

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To the AU Community

AU has undertaken the design of a far-reaching Learning Framework that will embody our commitment to our learners and our determination to transform the future of learning at AU and beyond.

Our Learning Framework will articulate a vision of our learners’ diverse journeys. We know that learning happens everywhere, inside and outside coursework, and that our learners follow diverse pathways before they come to us, while they study with us, and beyond. Whereas universities typically orient new students by teaching them about the institution and academic culture, AU’s Learning Framework will be organized around the premise that it is our job to learn about our learners. Everything we do to support learning - including how we design, deliver, support, assess, and continuously improve learning content, courses, programs, and credentials — will flow from this premise.

In alignment with Imagine, AU’s strategic plan, our Learning Framework will articulate the learning experience at AU and the value proposition for our learners. It will answer the fundamental question: what is the distinctive value of learning for a lifetime in partnership with AU?

A distinguishing aspect of AU’s Learning Framework will be the design of a “system that learns.” Our aim is to create a Framework for the design of programs, courses, and learning experiences that make use of data — including learning outcomes data — to adapt and continuously improve. Based on learning science and best practice but open to change, our Learning Framework will inform an “innovation pipeline” to support, test, and scale (or retire) new pedagogies, ideas, technologies and processes that support our vision.

With these goals in mind, General Faculties Council approved the creation of an Ad Hoc Learning Framework Steering Committee, effective May 09, 2018.

The Learning Framework Steering Committee is responsible for providing oversight to the Core Learning Framework Design Team, reviewing and providing feedback on the draft Framework, and approving the final draft before it is submitted to General Faculties Council. Members of the Steering Committee are:

  • Dr. Matthew Prineas, Provost and Vice President Academic
  • Dr. Lisa Carter, Dean, Faculty of Science & Technology
  • Dr. Margaret Edwards, Dean, Faculty of Health Disciplines
  • Dr. Pamela Hawranik, Associate Vice President, Research (Interim)
  • Dr. Deborah Hurst, Dean, Faculty of Business
  • Dr. Veronica Thompson, Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Dr. Alain May, Associate Vice President, Student and Academic Services
  • Dr. Hugh Notman, Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Beyond Open work stream lead)
  • Dr. Douglas MacLeod, Chair, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Faculty of Science and Technology (Beyond Norm work stream lead)
  • Dr. Shawn Fraser, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies (Interim) (Beyond Now work stream lead)
  • Dr. Shauna Reckseidler-Zenteno, Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Dr. Kam Jugdev, Professor, Faculty of Business (Beyond Place work stream lead)
  • Dr. Josie Auger, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Mark Dimirsky, Tutor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Kaitlyn Hillier, Tutor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Brandon Simmons, President, AUSU
  • Meaghan Sullivan, VP Academic, AUGSA

The Core Learning Framework Design Team is responsible for the process of developing the Framework. Members of the Core Learning Framework Design Team are:

  • Dr. Matthew Prineas, Provost and Vice President Academic
  • Jennifer Schaeffer, Vice President, Information Technology and CIO
  • Dr. Margaret Edwards, Dean, Faculty of Health Disciplines
  • Dr. Hugh Notman, Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Beyond Open work stream lead)
  • Dr. Douglas MacLeod, Chair, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Faculty of Science and Technology (Beyond Norm work stream lead)
  • Dr. Shawn Fraser, Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines (Beyond Now work stream lead
  • Dr. Kam Jugdev, Professor, Faculty of Business (Beyond Place work stream lead)
  • Dr. Margaret Kierylo, Director, Integrated Planning
  • Corinne Bossé, Learning Designer, Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Carter Yellowbird, AU Alumni
  • Syed Khan, Digital Transformation Architect

The four (4) Learning Framework work streams are responsible for providing input on specific aspects of the Learning Framework and contributing to the development of the final Framework document. The work streams have been constituted to support balanced representation from all Faculties.

Work stream 1:Beyond Open

  • Dr. Hugh Notman, Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (work stream lead)
  • Dr. Ali Dewan, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Caroline Park, Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines
  • Dr. Mark McCutcheon, Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Merlyn Foo, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business
  • Maureen Hutchison, Course Development and Production, Faculty of Business
  • Carrie Anton, Assistive Technologist

Work stream 2: Beyond Place

  • Dr. Kam Jugdev, Professor, Faculty of Business (work stream lead)
  • Dr. Lynn Corcoran, Assistant Professor, Faculty Health Disciplines
  • Dr. Farook Al-Shamali, Academic Coordinator, Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Faria Sana, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Mark Morpurgo, Program Director, Faculty of Business
  • Stephen Addison, Learning Designer, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Work stream 3: Beyond Now

  • Dr. Shawn Fraser, Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines (work stream lead)
  • Dr. Beth Perry-Mahler, Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines
  • Maiga Chang, Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Eric Wang, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business
  • Dr. Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Hongxin Yan, Learning Designer, Faculty of Science and Technology

Work stream 4: Beyond Norm

  • Dr. Douglas MacLeod, Chair, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Faculty of Science and Technology (work stream lead)
  • Dr. Vive Kumar, Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Agnieszka Palalas, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Simon Nuttgens, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines
  • Dr. Walid Belassi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business
  • Yevgen Yasynskyy, Instructional Design and Systems Analyst, Faculty of Health Disciplines
  • Elaine Fabbro, Director, Library and Scholarly Resource

Over the past months, the teams have been meeting and engaging with some guiding questions. The results of our deliberations will be made available on this webpage in the coming weeks.

For a recording of the first Learning Framework Webinar (July 26, 2018), please see athabascau.adobeconnect.com/phgszhtywf5l/.

For a recording of the Learning Framework Open Forum (September 18, 2018), please see
intra.athabascau.ca/opvpa/downloads. (4 Video Downloads)

I invite you to stay connected and to participate in the planned webinars and the Learning Framework Open Forum scheduled for September 18, 2018 in Edmonton. For an overview of the project time, please see the Project Pipeline PDF.

Respectfully

Matthew Prineas, PhD
Provost and Vice President Academic


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