New learning resources model (Repte-Niu)

1. The new learning resources model


- What is a PD? (example)

The PD, or teaching project, is the document outlining the course's pedagogical design resulting from the advisory meetings held between the coordinating professor, the Library and the eLearn Center.
Each PD:
-    Sets challenges and situations for learning
-    Describes the competencies and learning outcomes associated with the challenges and activities
-    Identifies the types of activity and the deliverables
-    Provides estimates for the time needed to be spent by students
-    Selects the learning resources needed to overcome the challenges

Examples of PDs:


- What is a PLA methodology? (document)

PLA (Performance Learning Activity) methodology is a way of learning that takes as its base a situation defined by a challenge, all of which is grounded in competencies and has a learning activity at its core.


- What is the challenge? 
The challenges are rooted in situations that represent some kind of motivation for students; they are competency-based and activity-centred, and use a content aggregator – a Niu – to provide learning resources. The instructional design elements used in e-learning are organized with the challenge at their centre, while also highlighting the time to be spent on the task.


What is the Challenge videos? (example)

As part of our new learning resources model, the Niu Plan, challenge videos are created by coordinating professors to explain challenges or activities on their courses.


- What is an NIU? (document)

An NIU is a mosaic-like structure that lets students see what activity needs to be completed and the learning resources provided to help them do so.

Some examples: Example of an actual NIU (eLC License classroom), Example of an NIU II, Example of an NIU III


- What is an OU? (document)

The OU is the smallest part of an NIU. They are each of the learning resources and include guidelines on how to makes the most of them. An OU can be text, audiovisual, etc.


- The sample (document)

Authors commissioned to produce course materials are required to provide a sample or part of the material.


- What is the eLC kit?

The eLC kit is a website for all UOC faculty members, offering resources for learning design. It has been created to support the course design process in accordance with the Niu-challenge approach. You can see the eLC kit by going to Intrauoc / eLearn Center or via this link: (only accessible for the UOC community).

2. Learning resources that form part of an NIU


- UOC-created content (document)

These are newly created learning resources that may need to be commissioned, whether in published or audiovisual format.


- External resources (document)

These are already existing resources produced by third parties that are either open access or, in some cases, subscribed to or purchased in advance so that they can be used in the classroom.

Links to the Learning resources search and Manage external learning resources sections.


- Guidelines (document)

This is a brief text accompanying all the resources in an NIU, whether UOC-created or external. They include the most important aspects and elements of the resource and provide instructions on how to work on the resource as part of the proposed activity.

You can find an example here.


3. Participants in the design of an NIU


- What does the coordinating professor do? (document)

The course's coordinating professor is in charge of designing the course, commissioning the learning resources for the NIU (whether external or newly created), validating the contents of the materials commissioned and producing the guidelines for the resources to appear in their classrooms.


- What do the figures of Support to the Design of the Subject, ADP and Curation, do? (document)


- What does the author of a learning resource for an NIU do? (document)

Authors are commissioned to produce the contents of learning resources for UOC courses. They produce a sample and the definitive versions by the date set in the corresponding commission.


- What does the eLearn Center do?

The advisor accompanies the professor in the educational and methodological design of the course’s activities, reinforcing and stressing the competencies base and ensuring coherency between the number of credits and the amount of work required by the student.

They help and advise in the building of the PPD through a number of personalized support sessions: contextualizing the activities in terms of learning situations, identifying activities to develop the competencies and proposing different learning resource formats."


- What does the Library do?

The Library accompanies professors in the design of the courses, focusing on the resources needed. They provide advice on the right kinds of documentary resources for the design being developed, help find such resources in the Library’s collections, estimate the cost and help answer any doubts that may arise during the working sessions regarding both UOC-created and external resources.


En el cas que hàgiu detectat que un repte no funciona i sigui millor adaptar-lo o bé que els recursos que s’havien pensat inicialment siguin millorables, podeu fer-hi les modificacions que considereu necessàries.


Els canvis que necessiteu implementar poden ser, bàsicament, de tres tipus:

- Afegir recursos nous
- Eliminar recursos existents
- Substituir recursos actuals per d’altres

En aquest document us expliquem quins passos heu de seguir quan voleu fer qualsevol tipus de millora en un Niu.