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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Welcome back. My name’s Richard Windle, and I’m an associate professor with the Health E-Learning and Media team here at Nottingham. I spend a lot of time working with different groups of people from different health stakeholder groups– patients, service users, educators, and students– helping them to design E-learning resources and share their unique knowledge and expertise with different audiences. Last time, we introduced you to the RLO concept. We explored what makes them effective and accessible to different audiences of learners. In this session, we turn our attention to the developmental process itself.

Skip to 0 minutes and 37 seconds For the RLO format to work as a vehicle for sharing knowledge and expertise, it’s important that this, too, is accessible, making it easy for those who, perhaps, haven’t been involved in online development before to share their ideas and not feel a loss of control of what they want to say. To help us, we’ve developed a framework to guide everyone involved. The framework is called ASPIRE and is named after a recently installed artwork at the University of Nottingham. This flute-shaped tower soars some 60 metres into the air, representing the aspirations of all learners at the university and beyond.

Skip to 1 minute and 5 seconds This is a good analogy for the aspirations of those who wish to develop resources, starting with a small idea and opening out into something with great impact. The scaffold-like structure of ASPIRE helps to represent the support available along the way to help achieve that aim. During this session, we’ll introduce you to the ASPIRE framework and then look at the first step along the way to creating your own RLO design. I’ve been working alongside Fern’s team, and so we’ll hear how they’ve been working through this first step too. Remember, if health isn’t your thing, that’s not a problem. The process will work whatever your subject area, so why not give it a go.

Introduction to Week 2

What steps will help us manage the development process and how should we begin?

In this session we will introduce the development process that we use here at Nottingham. We will explore the steps involved and we will then go on to think about how to approach the first step in the process which is setting appropriate aims for our resources. During this week you will meet Fern’s team. These are a group of lecturers, students and practitioners who are going to be going through this process for themselves. In this session Fern’s team will be looking at the aims of their resource.

Session task

In this session you will be thinking about the aims for your own resource.

You will have the opportunity to share these with your peers and get some feedback on your aims. Are they relevant? Are they achievable? Do you need to be more specific? Are you clear about who your learner-audience will be?

Next steps

Work through the videos and tasks set out for this week and develop the aims for your resource.

Discussion point

  • Why do you think a specific development framework is important? Could you apply the development framework to your own situation. What are the potential benefits and disadvantages of developing a resource as a team?

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