Role Based Design

Role Based Design Model
Role Based Design (RBD) Model (Parker,2014)

The Role Based Design (RBD) model provides a practical way to build organisational e-Learning design capacity. The model was successfully piloted at South Western Sydney Institute (a Vocational Education organisation) with teaching teams who co-designed a series of e-Learning products in Moodle. The following resources are from my Masters in e-Learnings research on Role Based Design and a presentation I delivered at MoodleMoot 2015.

Published research

Role Based Design paper

Parker, S. 2014. ‘Role Based Design An evaluation of a ‘schediogogical’ (ski.dio.gogical) approach for developing systemic eLearning capacity by leading and facilitating agile co-design processes’, International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, vol. 11, no. 8, pp. 3-28.

MoodleMoot presentation and audio recording


2 thoughts on “Role Based Design

  1. Thanks for leaving a comment on my video questions to your work on boundary objects and role based design Sparks.

    I have liked your attempts to bring some structure to the work we do, to help us try and scale up. In that video, you’ll recognise my adaptations on your ideas in the past.

    My questions at the end of the video still stand however. I guess I’m looking for additional dimensions to the structures. Something that acknowledges flaws and complexity. Something that draws more on real life motivations and transferability than institutional mandates.

    Like you, I must work inside an institution of education, so this search is in the belief that they will benefit from it. So, complexity and value adds, hidden inside a reasonably straight forward and organisationally palatable structure like what you’re developing ..

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  2. Hi Leigh, you raise a good point that ‘complexity and value adds’ exist within each Role Based Design stage. Implementing the RBD stages within an Institutional context may involve a more formalised approach but I don’t see why the RBD stages could not informally occur outside of Institutions. For example I can see role based interactions in the ‘Classroom of the future’ video we recorded at the 2006 FLNW unconference.

    I remember the self-directed team dynamics happened organically as we were already invested in the culture of cooperation and collaboration…it would be interesting to design RBD boundary objects that could scaffold this kind of cooperative behavior outside of Institutions whereby cohorts are motivated to co-design and in the process learn. I believe the design of physical spaces as boundary objects that nurture social interaction would be critical, also access to good food 🙂


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