Going Out on A LEM

Workshop Session 2

Brief Abstract

How do you share your teaching knowledge with others? Learn how Learning Environment Modeling (LEM) provides a common language for course design.

Extended Abstract

Have you ever tried to explain your course design to someone, but sharing your syllabus just isn't cutting it? They read your syllabus but still ask what your course is about. Maybe you tried to map it out for them, but you didn't know how to start? Learning Environment Modeling (LEM) provides an easy way to map out your courses using only five simple-to-recognize symbols. In this innovation lab, we're going to share this method, and by the end of it, we'll all be speaking the same language.

This lab will begin with a brief discussion of the course design process and some of the challenges associated with it, in particular, challenges of collaboration and making sure everyone is "on the same page" or speaking the same language. This will be followed by a brief overview of LEM and its components. The participants will then work in groups as the presenters guides them through applying LEM in an instructional scenario. The session will conclude with a discussion of ways the participants might use this in their current roles. Participants will also be given additional LEM resources.

Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to:

1. Describe Learning Environment Modeling (LEM).
2. Identify components five simple symbols used in LEM.
3. Build a simple course pattern using LEM and its support materials.