Rising to the occasion: Exploring the changing emphasis on educational design during COVID-19

Amanda Bellaby, Michael Sankey, Louis Albert

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    Abstract

    With the advent of COVID-19, the majority of universities in Australasia have had to adjust quickly to provide the bulk of their learning and teaching activities online. To a great extent this involved learning/educational designers (and titles similar to this) needing to provide a range of tasks (some new) associated with supporting many teaching staff unfamiliar with teaching online. In some cases, this has meant a change in role, while for others it was transitioning to new and higher levels of responsibility. Regardless, the emotional impact of this should not be understated, or at least should understood. This paper explores these concepts based on the feedback from 90 educational designers, mainly from the
    Australasian higher education sector. It presents details of the results of a semi-structured qualitative study of those working in the field of educational design at universities. These designers were asked to consider how COVID-19 has impacted the ways in which they undertook their work, the types of issues
    they are dealing with, and the solutions they were proposing and contributing. Their accounts document the changing nature of their roles and their emotions in the face of potentially unalterable changes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Armidale University of New England Virtual Conference 30 November – 1 December 2020
    Subtitle of host publicationASCILITE's first virtual conference
    EditorsSue Gregory, Steve Warburton, Mitchell Parkes
    PublisherASCILITE
    Pages145-155
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2020
    Event37th International Conference of Innovation, Practice and
    Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in
    Tertiary Education
    - Online
    Duration: 30 Nov 20201 Dec 2020

    Conference

    Conference37th International Conference of Innovation, Practice and
    Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in
    Tertiary Education
    Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2020
    Period30/11/201/12/20

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