Learning Design Toolkit

The RVS Learning Design Toolkit is a comprehensive collection of processes, tools and protocols that are useful to organize the work of ideation, prototyping and collaboration. The essential tools for designing learning experiences for students are the Learning Design Process and the Learning Design Questions which guide the work of meaningful curriculum implementation. Scroll through the page or click on these links to select different categories of tools:

Essentials  |  Inspiration  | Ideation | Critique & Revision | Photo & Video | Collaboration & Inquiry | Community

Essentials for Learning Design


Design Questions

A common vocabulary and the elements to consider when uncovering curriculum through an inquiry or project. The RVS Learning Design Process is the backbone of curriculum implementation in Rocky View Schools.

 

Design Process

Use the RVS Learning Design Process to create an engaging lesson, project, unit or year plan.  This process recognizes the teacher as the designer of learning experiences that bring curriculum to life.

Making Learning Visible

The teacher designs the experience. The student makes things that matter and reflects on the experience. The journey is made visible through exhibition. Click the icon to learn more about Making Learning Visible in your classroom.

 

Tools for Inspiration


Authenticity Brainstorm

Collaborative brainstorm activity used to explore real world connections to community resources, potential partners, local and global issues to help develop the focus for the inquiry.

 

Site Visits for Inspiration

Visiting another context to inspire reflection, conversation and ideation in design thinking.

Virtual Learning Walks

A process of reflection on student learning and instructional design that takes place through the viewing of these stories on our YouTube channel.

 

Empathy Interview

A protocol for conducting an interview to develop a better understanding of a potential issue or problem that could be processed through design thinking.

Rapid Idea Generation (RIG)

A RIG developed by TELUS Spark helps teams be creative together, generate new ideas, and look at a problem from different perspectives.

 

Ideation Speed Dating Protocol

A protocol where every participant has an opportunity to receive feedback from, and provide feedback to, every other project.

Immersion

Who are you designing for? The best way to understand who you are designing for is to talk with them directly. Immerse yourself in their environment, observe as much as you can by spending time in their context.

Ethnographer's Field Notes

A tool used to collect and record observations about things you heard and saw. Generate insights based on your observations.

Tools for Ideation


I Wish Collaborative Brainstorm

Who are you designing for? The best way to understand who you are designing for is to talk with them directly. Immerse yourself in their environment, observe as much as you can by spending time in their context.

Mash Ups

Innovation happens at the intersection of ideas. This process encourages participants to investigate the possibilities when 2 or more divergent ideas collide in a planning prototype.

 

Stakeholder Mapping

Stakeholder Mapping helps identify key people or groups of people who impact and/ or are impacted by your design challenge. By understanding the different parties that are involved, you can more readily analyze stakeholder needs and develop strategies to address them.

Walk and Talk Protocol

Research shows that walking will boost creativity and open up the conversation to the free flow of ideas.

iSearch Research Tool

This tool is a launching point for designing an inquiry arc in Math. It asks you to consider 4 key questions in planning your strategy. Includes links to other math inquiry resources.

iSearch Research Tool

This gets you to plan your research strategy ahead of diving into it and serves as a tool for documenting not only what you find, but your process in finding it.

Staff Collaborative Brainstorm

This collaborative brainstorm is a useful tool for engaging staff, grade teams, or departments in charting professional learning or school improvement direction.  Individuals can place stickies (or write on the squares) identifying areas they would like to pursue around professional learning and school improvement. The pages are then passed around amongst colleagues and suggestions can be made for resources that would support those themes.

Tools for Critique and Revision


Critical Friends Protocol

A protocol for providing and receiving formative feedback during the ideation phase of an instructional design. Provides a structure for feedback that allows for democratic feedback where all members of the group have an opportunity to pitch and receive feedback.

 

G.A.S.P. (Give, Ask, Steal Protocol)

A protocol that scaffolds crowdsourced feedback. Everyone is tasked with providing feedback and bringing new ideas back to improve their own work.

Ask and You Shall Receive

A gallery walk process of requesting and receiving specific feedback or help for your work.

 

Gallery Walk

A process used to present and share work to elicit focused feedback.

 

Newsroom Protocol

Interviewing multiple sources to gather information and insights about a theme, and bringing those insights together with others in the ‘editors room’ to consolidate, share and build knowledge around the topic.

Illustrated Learning Journey

We commonly use the IDEO visual for Design Thinking, what does your design look like? Illustrate the learning journey you have designed for your students.

 

Project Pitch Tool

A tool to brainstorm the key elements of a project including; big ideas, deliverables and exhibition. This tool can be cut and added to your IDF (Instructional Design Framework).

Placemat Prototyping

A pitch process using chart paper that is divided into 4 quadrants. Using the chart paper, participants will quickly develop a prototyped unit or project to pitch to the group.

 

Portrait PBL

Create a beautiful photograph and accompanying caption through Project Based Learning.

Essential and Driving Questions

A quick visual with prompts for users to share their feedback.

Flesh Out Your Prototype Tool

Choose one, or a few, idea/s from your brainstorm that you want to begin to flesh out.

Empathy Shopping Protocol

A feedback protocol for prototype pitches requiring participants to ‘shop’ from previously brainstormed post-it notes for ideas that could inform the next iteration of the proposed project.

 

Tool Time

A protocol for collaborative rapid tool creation. Quickly develop graphic organizers, rubrics, thinking tools, and more.

I Wish, I Like... Reflection Tool

A quick visual with prompts for users to share their feedback.

Instructional Design Brief

A one-page summary document of the proposed learning. Designed to share the learning plan with multiple audiences including students, parents, colleagues and beyond.

 

Tools for Photography and Video


Photography "Tips and Tricks"

Tips and Tricks for taking effective photographs using the “SLFIE” model.

Videography "Tips and Tricks"

Tips and Tricks for capturing effective videos and interviews.

Video Scripting Tool

A tool to help with the initial planning for creating and capturing a video.

Video Storyboarding Tool

A tool for planning your video, visualizing your scenes and receiving feedback.

Tools for Student Collaboration & Inquiry


Science Visual Thinking Organizer

Developed by Master Teacher, Lynne Moore of Cochrane High School, this tool is a useful agent for launching investigations and inquiry around student observations. Lynne uses this tool on field trips, during class demos, while watching videos, and during labs to encourage students to crystallize their thinking, capture insights and questions, and consider what could be explored further.

Math Inquiry KWIN

Use this tool to encourage students to articulate what they Know, Wonder, Ideate, and Need (KWIN) for an inquiry session in Math. A useful tool for solving open ended problems that can be tackled in many different ways.

Small version (8.5″ x 11″)

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iSearch Research Tool

This gets you to plan your research strategy ahead of diving into it and serves as a tool for documenting not only what you find, but your process in finding it.