A Conceptual and Practical Model for Rapid Prototype Publishing in E-Learning. Insights in to international joint course development from Ethiopia and Norway
Abstract: The current needs to redefine and recreate learning materials challenges traditional classroom work and an ingrained “grammar of schooling” in higher education. In this study we develop new modes of grounded and rapid publishing of learning materials based on agile approaches that challenges traditional modes. The experiment is done with a collaborative framework between educational institutions in Emergency Medicine/Paramedics in Oslo, Norway and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We have developed theoretical model with two core pedagogical principles based on Vygotsky’s ZPD model and then need to blend conceptual and operational knowledge to develop modernized and international cooperative educational programs at the B.Sc. and M.Sc. levels. This is implemented through systematic interplay in a triangular relationship between students, teachers and digital learning materials. We define Rapid Prototype Publishing as an application of Agile methods and DevOps taken from the software industry. Subject domain specialists are organized in Editorial Committees where work progress is supervised using Text Radars. This “radar” is a visual formalism with four quadrants of textual types and four states from initial ideas to accepted content elements. The approach was being developed from October 2020 and continues thru September 2021 with the sub-topic Trauma as a current case. The paper summarized this methodology and the final results, and points out areas for further improvement.