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Workshop 2: The CAFE Toolkit: Measuring the impact.

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ACE2017, Geelong, VIC, Australia

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The CAFE Toolkit: Measuring the impact of Cognitive Load Theory-based redevelopments with a case-study planning tool - Raina Mason and Carolyn Seton

Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) focuses on human cognitive architecture; the concepts of long term and working memory and their interplay. CLT has been successfully applied to the design of instructional materials for technical areas, leading to increased student learning.

Participants in the workshop will be introduced to CLT principles and the existing CAFÉ toolkit, an online course evaluation toolkit for use by developers and academics based on these principles.

A new ‘before and after’ case-study planning tool will also be piloted. This tool provides practical tailored suggestions for ways to measure the impact of applying CLT principles to improve courses. Exemplar case studies also provide practical examples of course changes and subsequent improvements in student performance, participation and retention.

This workshop will suit those participants who have responsibility for course materials which they intend to revise using CLT. The before and after planning tool will suggest methods and measurements which can be used in order to analyse the effects of the redevelopment of course materials.

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Participants will be provided with access to the existing CAFÉ toolkit, the case study planning tool and two exemplar case studies of successful redevelopments. The CAFE tools, including the planning tool, will enable the participants to identify strategies for improving their own course materials, as well as to establish a plan to measure, analyse and report the impact of these improvements. This analysis can be used by participants as a way to report on the success of changes using the application of CLT and to provide justification of further course material redevelopments.
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Participants will be requested to offer feedback on the new case study planning tool via an online evaluation form. Anonymised data will also be used as part of a larger research project on the usage of the
toolkit for computer science/IT education and usage in other disciplines.

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Participants will require a laptop or tablet, and web access. Participants may also bring course(/paper/unit) outlines/material or materials from a poorly performing topic or section within a course, to review during the workshop.

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