Learning Design with Instructional Leaders and MRU education students

Big Idea: How might intentionally design learning to be engaging and authentic?


  • Be Fully Present
  • Bring a Creative Commons Mindset
  • Adopt a beginner’s mindset
  • W.A.I.T. Why am I talking?
  • Take Risks and Fail Forward
  • Make Learning Visible

Driving Questions

How might we better support our learners as a team?
How might we make our work visible to inspire and inform our stakeholders?



Make ALL Learning Visible (teacher and student learning)



Analysis and observations of learning design in schools



8:30 Coffee

8:45 Introductions, Agenda and Deliverables for the day
The Narrative
What Learning Looks Like in RVS
Making Learning Visible

9:10 Culture Building: Phenomenological Improv
This gets us..
– to engage in collaborative and productive work
– to model collaboration

9:40 Discover: Collaborative brainstorm
Brainstorm a large number of ideas that you could pursue for a potential instructional design later in the school year. Structuring the brainstorm with prompts will help.
This gets us…
– the raw materials for the DEFINE/DEVELOP phase of the design process.

Keep in mind…
– making this process visible and sharing it with others will boost the number of perspectives and voices sharing great ideas.

10:30 Empathy Interview: What does it mean to be a Mentor? What does it mean to be a Pre-service teacher? 
“A successful pre-service experience is….”
This gets us…
– a knowledge commons collaboratively built by all stakeholders

Keep in mind…
– explore the instructional leadership toolkit. What could be included? What is missing? How can these tools be used in mentoring situations?

11:15 Lunch provided

11:45 Discover: Walk and Talk
Visit your partner’s school that they teach at. As you explore learning in RVS, what do you notice? Use the following to guide your conversations.
Ethnographer’s Field notes
– A.E.I.O.U (Activities, Environment, Interactions, Objects, Users)
– What do you notice about students Discovering, Defining, Developing and Document learning?
– What can you connect to your Discovery discussions this morning?

Take 3 pictures to capture your learning and tweet to #rvsed.

This gets us…
– a chance to explore other learning environments with a critical eye towards a collective approach to learning

Keep in mind…
– learning can look different at various stages of the learning design process. Be open to different possibilities of what this can look like.

1:30 (optional)
Ripples of Change, a program out of A.E. Bowers, will be hosting the documentary “Elder in the Making“. It connects to their program as well as one of their school’s Playbook questions: How might we include more Indigenous content in our classroom? Find out more about Ripples of Change through Rocky View’s youtube channel