Design Alchemy: Self-Service
To illustrate Design Alchemy in practice, this chapter provides a self-paced course, developed using the principles and practices of the framework, to enable readers to work through the essential elements of the methodology. The materials are presented with the assumption that users will have access to the specified resources. The creation of this course involved the use of the worksheets (provided at the conclusion of this chapter) to demonstrate how their use can assist in the efficiency of designing and developing course specifications.
The initial part of the course presents the outline or syllabus document that would be made available to students, which normally provides the specifications which make the institution accountable for delivery and to which students could appeal should they believe appropriate process was not followed. This example presented assumes the course is a single, self-paced course within a fictitious Advanced Diploma program. It should be noted that many institutions require, as part of the formal course outline, specific information on course elements such as submission of assignments and grading. While this example addresses such factors where practical, it should not be taken as covering such materials. Because of the importance of professional learning outcomes I have included those relevant to the discipline of creative and performing arts, as specified by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.