TEL Library Learning Design 


TEL Library uses Learning Environment Modeling (LEM), to architect the learning sequence and experience for our Stackable LessonsTM. This process helps us design and test our overall learning environment model, individual content sections, and the integration of literacies and competencies.

From Contextualization to Mastery

Each TEL Library lesson is designed as a standalone, self-contained learning environment optimized to help learners master the concepts being presented. To achieve this, we guide learners through a series of coordinated experiences reinforced through peer and instructor feedback.

We begin the process by contextualizing learners with regards to the information being presented so that they understand why the lesson information is important in both local and global contexts. Having helped them understand how the information fits into their world, we then elaborate lesson concepts through media, text, and peer discussion. Next, we use exploration activities to help students investigate the concepts further and establish a sense of personal connection or sense of relevance with them. We build on that personal connection and motivation with group interaction activities and quizzing so that lesson information is transformed to acquired knowledge. Finally, we provide learners the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of lesson concepts through suggested project activities, as well as formative and summative assessments and assignments.

Different Learning Environment Models for Different Contexts

TEL Library content is designed for flexibility through our Stackable Lessons™ model. This flexibility, coupled with our learning design expertise, allows us to build pre-configured pathways or frameworks that are optimized for different learning experiences and instructional delivery models.

Life learners and students taking self-paced courses require additional instructional mediation and scaffolding around lessons. Traditional, face-to-face instructional models differ significantly from blended and online environments. Our Learning Design team has decades of experience architecting and teaching courses for traditional, hybrid, and online learning. We understand first-hand the different teaching and learning requirements for these environments and have created unique learning models for each. Our pathways take into consideration diverse factors such as the amount of in-class instruction and mediation as well as required levels of learner autonomy.

Customization Made Easy with Visual Modeling

Through our use of LEM, we make it easy for faculty and administrators to visualize how content customization translates directly to desired learning experiences, objectives, and competencies. Our models and tools facilitate the planning and customization process, and we work directly with instructors and institutions to explore the optimum content model configurations for their courses. Learn more about how we use LEM at TEL Library.