Designing AU's Learning Framework

Template for Design Phase 1: Vision and Guiding Questions

Questions for all Teams:

  1. Imagine Learning in 2068 (from the learner's perspective)
    • Who are you?
    • Where are you?
    • Why do you want to learn?
    • How is learning defined?
    • What is a unit of learning?
    • How will your learning be assessed?
    • How does your learning “count”?
    • How are you able to chart your path forward?
  2. Imagine AU in 2068 ("AU Future")
    • What learning services does AU Future provide to learners worldwide?
    • What is the distinctive value of learning in partnership with AU Future?

Questions for Work Stream 1: Beyond Open - (work stream lead: Dr. Hugh Notman)

  1. In what ways will AU Future welcome all learners? How do we maximize access by accepting, accommodating, and supporting all learners in the pursuit and completion of their personal learning goals?
  2. What would an inclusive learning environment in AU Future feel like? What would the outcomes be for individuals? For their communities?
  3. Imagine that AU Future empowers learners to curate their own journey to achieve their personal learning goals. What will this look like from the learner’s perspective?
  4. In what ways will AU Future optimize social impact? How will our course and program offerings enable learning to increase their well-being and the well-being of their families and/ or their communities?
  5. In what ways will our learners experience a digital learning environment that is free of barriers to access, usability, and success?
  6. In what ways will AU Future enable learners to chart their own pathways throughout a lifetime of learning? How will learners be able to maintain, access, and build a learning history with AU across a lifetime?

Questions for Work Stream 2: Beyond Place - (work stream lead: Dr. Kam Jugdev)

  1. Traditional education often requires learners to leave their communities and cultures—it can erode a sense of place. Current online education provides basic access without requiring learners to leave their communities. How will AU Future go beyond basic access, enabling learners to deepen their commitment and contribution to their communities and cultures while learning in place?
  2. In what ways—and for what reasons--will learners in AU Future find and build virtual communities?
  3. In what ways—and for what reasons--will AU Future enable and connect rural, remote, and urban learners across Canada and globally at scale?

Questions for Work Stream 3: Beyond Now – (work stream lead: Dr. Shawn Fraser)

  1. Imagine AU Future rapidly deploys new technologies and pedagogies to enable a world-leading digital learning experience. What will this experience of an adaptive learning environment look and feel like for our learners?
  2. In what ways will AU Future create learning activities, curricula, courses, programs, and other credentials that respond to learner and societal needs in real time?
  3. In what ways will AU Future continually learn about our learners, understand their needs, and enable them to plan, set goals, and progress?

Questions for Work Stream 4: Beyond Norm – (work stream lead: Dr. Douglas MacLeod)

  1. Imagine that AU Future is a global leader in providing personalized learning at scale: what does this look like?
  2. How will we create a learning environment that allows for new pedagogies, ideas, technologies, and processes that support learning and research to be identified, tested, deployed, assessed, and retired in real time?
  3. How will we enable deliberate, systematic, and strategic innovation at scale?