Members of the King’s Online team presented at the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Symposium today, held at King’s College London’s Strand Campus.
They were featured in a programme of speakers, all passionate about the future of online learning in higher education, specifically at King’s College London.
Anna Wood, Director of King’s Online, presented the vision for King’s Online as ‘one of the UK forerunners in online education’. Anna outlined the ambitious programme pipeline for future years, reflecting the level of interest across the College from Faculties and Departments wanting to develop online programmes.
Dr Fabio Serenelli, Senior Instructional Designer (ID) for King’s Online, presented on the role of an ID. Fabio explained his perspective of an ‘ideal ID’ as a multi-faceted role, with a multitude of skills and areas of knowledge, that span not only what people traditionally think of as ID (e-learning content writing, pedagogy, educational psychology), but also elements of multimedia design, learning technology and project management.
“An ID may not be the expert in all of these fields, but we know how to speak to the experts. We are a kind of ‘human interface’ – the connection between subject matter experts (academics) and the design and development team,” Fabio said.
Anna and Fabio were joined by Dr Natasha Khan, who reflected on her personal experience of having been an academic lead on MOOCs, and is now an instructional designer and Health-Related MOOC Lead in IDD. Natasha commented that in her experience, the current model of King’s Online separating out the role of an instructional designer and learning technologist has resulted in more streamlined processes, enhanced creativity and a pooling of expertise.
The TEL Symposium was organised in partnership by the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL) and the King’s Learning Institute.
The level of engagement, lively discussion and thought-provoking presentations were reflective of the interest and passion delegates have for TEL becoming an even greater part of our strategic education priorities at King’s College London.
To find out more about how the Instructional Design & Development team operates, visit the team website.