“I keep hearing about this CAIeRO thing, but I don’t really know what it is…”

The Giza Necropolis is an archaeological site on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. #landmark #cairo #egypt #landmarks #architecture #pyramids #gizaCAIeRO stands for “Creating Aligned Interactive educational Resource Opportunities”. If you’re wondering, yes, there is a theme here. The acronym was chosen (although not by me) to align with the Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE).

So what does it actually mean? Think of it as a Course Design Retreat – a full module CAIeRO is two days away from the phone and the email, to build or re-design taught modules, with support from a range of specialist staff. Every CAIeRO will be different, but broadly speaking the workshop has two aims – to develop the modules themselves, and to help the teaching team to develop their course design skills.

This is the first in a series of blog posts examining the different elements of the CAIeRO course design process. The series will cover all of the key interactions, from the pre-CAIeRO meeting through to follow up activities. It will discuss the tools and techniques used in CAIeRO, and their role in course design.

I hope these posts will provide an insight into the process for those that are new to CAIeRO, as well as a reminder for those who have participated in or facilitated sessions. CAIeRO is a work in progress, and we’d love to hear about your experiences, so please feel free to add your own comments, insights and suggestions.

Links to the posts will be added below as they are published. You can also click on the image to see a visual overview of the CAIeRO process.

De-mystifying the CAIeRO:

  1. The pre-CAIeRO meeting
  2. Programme level CAIeRO
  3. CAIeRO Stage 1: The blueprint
  4. CAIeRO Stage 2: The storyboard
  5. CAIeRO Stages 3-5, let’s get building!
  6. CAIeRO Stages 6 and 7, planning and reflecting

Need a CAIeRO? Email the Learning Design team at LD@northampton.ac.uk.

For more information about the development of the CAIeRO methodology, research into the use of CAIeRO, and guidance on how to become a facilitator, see the Introduction to CAIeRO page on our ILT website.

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