Assignment 2: Design and Innovation Case (Individual)

Value: 25%

Purpose

The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with the opportunity to examine an instance of design or innovation related to digital learning within your own organizational context and to write a design case based on your experience.

Instructions

For this assignment, you will identify a recent instance of design or innovation related to digital learning within your own organizational context, which will serve as the design case for this assignment.  Your case should involve a specific, real-world example of design or innovation within your unique setting.  You will analyze the design or innovation process and explore how design models were applied in action within your case and will provide evidence-based recommendations and insights for practice to support your analysis.

Your case should include the following:

  • Introduction – This section should provide a brief description of the design or innovation that is the focus of the case.
  • Background – This section should provide information about your organizational context, explain the rationale for the design or innovation, and describe the changes in the context which motivated the design or innovation.
  • Design/Innovation Process – This section should provide a rich description of the design or innovation process and outline the decisions made during the process and any obstacles encountered.  It should include a recounting of events, and walk the reader through what happened and how it happened, and should describe the design team and explain their influences as well as the user experience.  It should also position your case along a continuum of innovation from evolutionary to transformation and provide a rationale for your position.
  • Evaluation – This section should include an analysis of the design/innovation process and explore how design models were applied in action and provide an evaluation of the results.  A description of what worked and what didn’t work should be included and proposed solutions or changes needed to the process should be discussed.  This section should provide a full reflection on the design/innovation process and identify insights and recommendations for practice.

For some examples of design case studies, please see the International Journal for Designs of Learning and see Howard (2011) and Gray (2020) for suggestions on writing a design case.

In addition, we will be working collectively to create an open Design and Innovation Casebook to share real-world examples of design or innovation and explore how design models are applied in action and provide evidence-based recommendations and insights for practice.  This is a renewable assignment designed to create an active and collaborative learning opportunity through which you can enhance your knowledge of design and innovation in action.  As part of this assignment, you will have the opportunity to add your case as a chapter in the Design and Innovation Casebook.

An ‘open book’ is a book that is made available online to be used freely by students, teachers, and members of the public. Open books are openly-licensed, usually with Creative Commons licenses, and can be reused, retained, redistributed, revised, and remixed (BC Campus, 2019).

You will have the option to decide if you would like to share your case chapter publicly under a Creative Commons -Attribution license and include it in the Design and Innovation Casebook upon completion of this assignment.

Format

Your case should be in a written format (Max. 1000 words) and can include images and multimedia to support your case.

You are expected to adhere to APA standards for writing, citations, formatting, and references and to support your case with appropriate academic literature.

Submission

You will submit your case using Pressbooks.  Pressbooks is an open-source, book production software that is built around the WordPress platform and is commonly used for open book projects.  For a general overview of how to use Pressbooks please see: Pressbooks User Guide and BC Campus Pressbooks Guide.

You will receive an email from Pressbooks with an invitation in your Royal Roads email to join the Design and Innovation Casebook (please check your Junk Mail if you do not receive it). The email will contain a link to activate your user account.  Once you active your Pressbooks account, you can log in to Pressbooks at https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/lrnt524/wp-login.php and you will find a chapter with your name that you can edit.

You can then use the Pressbooks editor to add your case to your chapter in the Design and Innovation Casebook.  For more information on how to use the Pressbooks editor, please see: Using the Visual and Text Editors in Pressbooks and Enhance Content and the Sample Chapter.

Your chapter will remain ‘Private’ unless permission is given to share your case chapter which you can provide by completing the Student Agreement Form.

Grading

This assignment will be marked according to the following rubric:

Course Learning Outcome/Assessment Criteria Excellent
(A+ to A)
Proficient
(A- to B+)
Satisfactory
(B to B-)
Unsatisfactory
(F)
Citations All citations and APA format are correct. Most citations and APA formatting are correct. Some citations and APA formatting are correct. Few citations and APA formatting are correct.
Style, Grammar, and Spelling Writing is clear and effective for potential audiences with minimal errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation.  Paragraphs are well-organized and adhere to proper academic paragraphing structure. Writing is clear and effective for the potential audiences, for the most part, with minor errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation.  Paragraphs are fairly organized and mostly adhere to proper academic paragraphing structure. Writing is somewhat unclear and/or ineffective for potential audiences with multiple errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation.  Paragraphs somewhat adhere to proper academic paragraphing structure. Writing is unclear and ineffective for potential audiences with significant and repeated patterns of errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation.  Paragraphs do not adhere to proper academic paragraphing structure.
Introduction and Background Provides a clear and concise introduction and background of the case delivering all relevant information necessary for full understanding. Provides a clear and concise introduction and background of the case with sufficient information for general understanding. Provides a minimal introduction and background of the case making it difficult to understand the context. Provides an incomplete introduction and background of the case impeding understanding of the context.
Design/Innovation Process Clearly explains the design/innovation process and presents a detailed, realistic, and appropriate rationale with strong arguments and well-documented evidence. Explains the design/innovation process and presents an adequate rationale with logical arguments and documented evidence. Identifies some aspects of the design/innovation process with minimal explanation and presents a limited rationale with weak arguments and minimal evidence. The design/innovation process is not identified and/or rationale is insufficient and does not include any supporting arguments or evidence.
Evaluation

The response demonstrates an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the case.

The insights and recommendations provided are clearly aligned to the case and strongly connect to the theories, concepts, and/or strategies presented in the course materials.

Viewpoints and interpretations are insightful and well supported.

Clear, detailed examples are provided, as applicable.

The response demonstrates a general analysis and evaluation of the case.

The insights and recommendations provided are mostly aligned to the case and connect to the theories, concepts, and/or strategies presented in the module materials.

Viewpoints and interpretations are supported.

Appropriate examples are provided, as applicable.

The response demonstrates sufficient analysis and evaluation of the case.

The insights and recommendations are somewhat aligned to the case, and connect to some theories, concepts, and/or strategies presented in the module materials.

Viewpoints and interpretations are sufficiently supported.

Some examples, when applicable, are provided, but they are minimally connected to the assignment.

The response demonstrates a limited analysis and evaluation of the case.

The insights and recommendations provided are not aligned to the case, and/ or do not connect to the theories, concepts, and/or strategies presented in the module materials.

Viewpoints and interpretations are missing, inappropriate, and/or unsupported.

Examples, when applicable, are not provided.

Pressbooks Chapter

The chapter is organized seamlessly, concisely, and very effectively, with fully-developed ideas connected by smooth transitions.

The structure makes it easy for the reader to identify the main points and sequence of ideas.

All required elements of the case are evident at a high level.

The chapter is organized coherently, concisely, and completely.

The structure used makes it easy for the reader to identify the main points and sequence of ideas.

The required components of the case are evident and identified.

The chapter would benefit from an organizational edit for clarity and coherence.

Some logic and structure enabling the reader to generally identify main points and to follow the sequence of ideas.

Most of the required components of the case are evident and identified.

The clarity and coherence of the chapter is inadequate

The structure is not logical, making it difficult for the reader to identify the main points and to follow the sequence of ideas.

The required components of the case are not evident.