What is ILR?
ILR is a project researching the creation and application of visual learning objects where content remains the focus, not the interface. The project was born from previous research highlighting the positive results found when student are provided access to intuitive learning objects at a time, place and pace to suit their individual learning needs.
Traditional approaches to education are giving way to new strategies that actively encourage learning to take place anytime and anywhere. However, finding content that is intuitive can be difficult.
What are the advantages of ILR?
ILR can be accessed at any time, from any location, and at a pace that fits students lives. ILR can be used promote the development of informal learning, or to flip the classroom, by providing access to learning material and interactions before a face to face session. They can also be used to support traditional teaching methods by encouraging opportunities to review and discuss subjects within the classroom or lecture theatre.
How are ILR created?
By utilising a number of different innovative technologies that student use within their daily lives, we aim to research three main areas.
- Intuitive Concepts (IC) – Evaluate ILR for teaching concepts and theories.
- Intuitive Remix (IRM) – Evaluate the ability to take an existing resource and remix this with new research, knowledge and findings within a new resource.
- Intuitive Reuse (IRU) – Evaluate the capacity to reuse existing or remixed ILR within a curriculum.
What are the results so far at UWE?
There are a number of examples of use at UWE and the initial feedback has been positive.
“I think this is a great way for students to learn and refer back to when certain skills have not been practised for a while on placement. The videos are very clear and easy to follow, they would help facilitate learning alongside lecture slides/notes on blackboard. I would certainly like to see more of these” (UWE Paramedic Science Tutor).
“I have been creating Channels, videos, and slideshows. I lead on four modules and have invited all of my students to join by incorporating this into my planned session with them. I have created channels specific to each group. I now have them creating their own channels, sharing ideas, and developing their research skills. The students that struggle with IT – I have given them one-to-one sessions in class. Many of them absolutely love it. Once they start to navigate they realise how straightforward it is. They use it outside of the classroom and check to see if I have created any resources for them to develop. But they are also developing their own resources independently. They are beginning to realise that it provides them with a great resource for storing their research and ideas.” (UWE PGCertHE Student).
Can I experience some examples?
Yes, we have some existing ILR that have been created. How each is embedded within an existing curriculum is an important aspect of their use and would need to be discussed to understand the impact.
How can I find out more or get involved with my students?
We are actively seeking to work with colleagues within UWE and from the education community. Contact myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange an informal chat.