What is the DiAL-e?

Digital Artefacts for Learner Engagement (DiAL-e)

Since 2006 we have been developing a  framework to support educators use digital resources (artefacts). The framework was inspired by a JISC project to support the take-up of digitised artefacts from the NewsFilm Online project. The DiAL-e Framework has since developed to support the pedagogically effective use of a range of digital content, focussing on what the learner does with an artefact rather than giving priority ot its subject or discipline content.

We hope to share our work with you and learn from your experiences.

This is a very brief 5 minute introduction to the DiAL-e from the YouTube channel:

Feel free to watch the following introductory video in which the authors of the framework, Kevin Burden and Simon Atkinson, explain how it was developed.

The framework is a matrix consisting of 2 axis.

The first axis contains 10 learning designs and the second axis a series of spaces in which learning takes place.

DiAL-e Framework

DiAL-e Framework (simple matrix)

We have defined the learning designs in terms of what the learner does, actively, cognitively, with a digital artefact. We have provided elaborations of the learning designs themselves and are suggesting ways in which space might change the articulation of that design.

Our work to date is focused on, though not exclusively, tertiary education practice. An interactive community sharing site has been produced as part of the initial JISC funded project.

(JISC) online verison of the DIAL-e matrix

(JISC) online verison of the DIAL-e matrix



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