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Shaffer and Littlejohn Workshop slides: Professional knowledge, skills and identity

International visitors David Shaffer and Allison Littlejohn ran a fantastic workshop with us earlier this month called 'Professional knowledge, skills and identity'. Slides from their presentations are now provided.

Knowledge, skills, identity

David Shaffer's slides

Allison Littlejohn's slides

David presented on and guided us through a short workshop on Virtual internships are Massively Adaptive Complex Realistic Online Simulations with Interactive Mentoring (MACROSIMS): web-based simulations that help students learn to think like scientists, scholars, artists, and workers in the real world do. In a virtual internship, students work in teams on challenging real-world problems that require innovative solutions. In these simulations, learners have a chance to conduct research, interview clients, develop and test prototypes, and work with their peers while exploring what it means to weigh the scientific, technical, economic, social, and ethical issues they will face when they finish school. The Virtual Internship platform incorporates a state-of-the-art authoring tool that lets users customize existing internships or create their own. David's workshop helped us understand how Virtual Internships could help support your students develop their identities as complex and collaborative problem-solvers.

David Williamson Shaffer is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Obel Foundation Professor of Learning Analytics at the Aalborg University in Copenhagen, and a Data Philosopher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He is the author of How Computer Games Help Children Learn (New York: Palsgrave MacMIllan, 2006) and Quantitative Ethnography (Madison, WI: Cathcart Press, 2017).


Allison presented a workshop titled Knowledge, Skills, Identity: Designing for Learning. This 'design focused' workshop helped us experiment with learning designs. Allison presented two frameworks for design; one is a ‘charting’ framework that allows the design of authentic tasks based on knowledge creation and sharing, and the other framework is Integrative Pedagogy, created by Paiivi Tynjala at Jyväskylä University. This framework emphasises the need to mix different ways of learning to facilitate the development of different types of knowledge.

Allison Littlejohn is Professor of Learning Technology at the Institute of Educational Technology and Academic Director of Learning and Teaching at the Open University, UK. She has worked throughout her career in the area of learning innovation, technology, knowledge creation and academic-business partnerships, and her vision is to bring together ideas from higher education and industry, encouraging cross-sector thinking and working across traditional boundaries between sectors and disciplines to transform the ways professionals learn.

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