At Aula, we take an evidence-informed approach to learning design. Specifically, we review the most up-to-date peer reviewed articles on high-impact ‘flipped’ or technology-enhanced approaches to teaching and learning in specific disciplines, then apply this to the design of our experiences.
In Arts, Humanities, & Languages subjects, the flipped or hybrid learning approach is shown to result in improved outcomes (Chen et al. 2018, Gupta, R. 2020, Lee and Wallace 2018, Ravenscroft & Luhanga 2015) engagement and independence (Danker 2015, Ng 2018, Enfield, J. (2013)
Take a few minutes to watch a walkthrough of a Humanities space and see this approach in action:
Note: we include the following subjects within this discipline: History, Archaeology, English, Drama, Design, Art, Religion / Divinity / Theology, Fashion, Art History, Fine Art, Music, Philosophy, Languages, Architecture.
Our discipline-specific approach to high-engagement learning design will:
- Provide opportunities for students to interact with the learning materials asynchronously. Students revisit and revise content, increasing knowledge retention and overall confidence. Rich media content (e.g. video, audio, image) increases student interaction and engagement with content. (Derbel, E., 2021. Gupta, R. 2020)
- Guide students through content or problems to support academic proficiency and knowledge retention. For example ASQ (ask-summarise-question) / WSQ (Watch-summarise-question) approaches coupled with peer assessment is particularly effective (Leijen et al., 2009, Hsia, Huang, & Hwang, 2016, Soliman 2016.
- Provide opportunities for team or problem based learning; close to real life scenarios, with a focus on students developing behaviour and skills for employability. This can be achieved through weekly team tasks, with real life outputs, where students research key topics and then practise applying skills and/or create something new. (Elrayies 2017, Hu and Hsu 2018, Ravenscroft, B. and Luhanga, U., 2015.)
We'd love for you to review the full Arts, Humanities & Languages discipline brief, which includes additional reading that can be used to implement best practice for your discipline within your module(s) on the Aula platform.