What is involved in the CAIeRO process?

CleoEssential to the process is the pre-CAIeRO Meeting. Ideally this occurs a week or two before the CAIeRO event and involves the full programme or module team as well as the CAIeRO facilitator, although it may occur with only the module or programme leader present. The purpose of the pre-CAIeRO is to explore key themes emerging from module feedback from the past three years, clarify expectations about what the CAIeRO itself will involve, gain an understanding of any key areas of focus along with an appreciation of the current direction of travel in learning and teaching at Northampton. It is also a crucial opportunity to clarify any logistical issues (room, timings, equipment, lunch).

The CAIeRO process is a participant-centred session (meaning: participants are expected to work hard), where the facilitator takes the course team through several stages. For more detail about what’s involved, see this series of blog posts, as well as the more detailed publication list. Deliverables for each stage are in bold in the table below.

Blueprint for
the course or module
A revised and agreed specification
Storyboard The storyboard incorporates any face-to-face and online components (synchronous and asynchronous), aligned to the learning outcomes and assessment
Prototyping We design specific elements of the storyboard straight into NILE. Not content, but what learners are expected to do with it (e-tivities and assessments)
Reality checking Students are invited to review the team’s work and feed back any changes. The team needs to ‘appoint’ a reality checker for 1pm on the second day. Their task will take about 90 minutes
Review and adjust We take those suggestions on board and modify things accordingly
Action Plan Participants commit to specific actions by certain dates, which will be reviewed at the follow-up session
Reflection Participants reflect on their learning and how they might use the skills gained in developing other courses or modules

Because of the structure of the process and the team-building nature of it, a full CAIeRO is not a workshop that people should ‘dip in and out of’. The sudden appearance (or disappearance) of team members half-way through the day is disruptive and can potentially slow down the process, making the session less effective. Plus, it prevents those members from taking ownership of what is being created. We therefore request that those who attend, make a commitment to this and stay for the whole day.