hackDLX

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TOWARD RAPID E-LEARNING

When:
Wednesday, June 26 – Friday, June 28                          

Where:
Mexico City

About Us
Join us for 24 hours of creation, innovation, and fun. Discover your ability to create change by developing online courses collaborating with your peers and experts.  The focus of this hackathon will be on “rapid e-learning” meaning the amount of time spent on developing courses. Let’s work on a process where we can support authors as they write content and reduce the time of development with innovative tools. With rapid e-learning technologies and techniques, learning experience designers can reduce the amount of time it takes to create each course by taking advantage of templates, easy-to-use software, and existing third-party content.

Of course, we also offer free food, swag, prizes, and much more!

What is hackDLX?
hackDLX is a 3-day event which will combine the excitement and casual nature of a hackathon but will incorporate the methodology and be driven by goals like a design sprint.

Since both hackathons and design sprints are used to define and generate an idea, or solve a problem within a specific timeframe, hackDLX will bring together the best aspects of both approaches.

The focus of hackDLX will be on the concept of rapid e-learning (or more specifically, rapid e-learning development) which generally refers to the production process of creating e-learning courses quickly and effectively without having to use overly complicated software or programming techniques.  Additionally, we will focus on Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) implementation, the implications, and the concept of “build once, use often.” Attendees will be provided with access to AEM, learning object development tools, and a course outline/content to design and develop a unit of instruction in AEM during the event.

What is a hackathon?
In a nutshell, a hackathon (the name evolved from the less catchy “Hack Marathon”) is a dedicated event designed to bring together a group of creative talent for a specific focus; solving a problem, or generating an idea. The participants form teams, collaborate and compete to create unique solution within an intense, tight timeframe. Typically, hackathons are centered on coding and computer programming, but a broader definition is simply creative problem solving.

What is a design sprint?
A design sprint is a time-constrained, five-phase process that uses design thinking with the aim of reducing the risk when bringing a new product, service or a feature to the market. It has been developed through independent work by many designers, including those within GV (formerly, Google Ventures), and those at Boston-Based User Experience Agency Fresh Tilled Soil.

The process aims to help teams to clearly define goals, validating assumptions and deciding on a product roadmap before starting development. It seeks to address strategic issues using interdisciplinary, rapid prototyping, and user testing.

hackDLX Background
Hybridity is a corporate initiative aimed at providing our campus-based students with the benefits of a 21st century digital learning experience through hybrid program offerings, incorporating online, blended, and face-to-face coursework. Since Laureate Mexico has fully implemented Blackboard Learn (Bb Learn) as its Learning Management System (LMS) and is working to establish Adobe Experience Manager as its content management system (CMS) throughout the region in 2019 as part of the Digital Learning Solutions Center (DLSC) initiative, there is a need to implement Hybrid-Blended-Online (HBO) product development processes in order to continue to exceed hybridity goals, which had been previously set at 25% by 2019.

Towards this goal, the Global Digital Solutions and Network Consultancy unit is teaming up with the CMS and Educational Technology team and members of the Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM) and Universidad Tecnológica de Mexico (UNITEC) to facilitate the building of an online course. The actual build will take place during a hackathon-style “sprint” event from Wednesday, June 26th to Friday, June 28th.

Why should we have a hackathon?
Hackathons have some clear advantages over traditional innovation management processes. They are inclusive, agile, promote multidisciplinary collaboration, and have shorter innovation cycles that are better suited to addressing fast-changing demands.

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