If you’ll forgive me for celebrating yet another really impressive piece of work completed by LTW and the team of learning technologists from across Schools to establish a co-ordinated learning design service to support hybrid courses in Learn. I’ve always suspected that learning design was key to delivering learning technologies at this institution, I’m glad we have such an excellent team across LTW and the Schools, and that people are able to give time, even when everything is so busy. Thank you to Jon, Ryan, Tracey, Neil, Brendan, Meredith, Lizzie, Graeme, Alison and Lorraine.
You’ve been waiting a long time. The last one was written in 2006. Writing with Chris and Clara has been just like old times.
You’ll be thinking loads has changed in the techniques of learning design and use of technology to support learning and teaching……
For most teachers the main technology to support teaching on campus is still the VLE, but in this edition I’ve managed to include up to date examples from lecture recording, maker spaces, OER, online reading lists, diversity in the curriculum, inclusive design and learning analytics. Course leaders still need a really good grounding in learning design though, if their teaching is going to be successful. We have a Learning Design Service at Edinburgh which is growing from strength to strength.
Bridging the gap between theory and practice, this fully updated new edition of Designing Learning offers accessible guidance to help those new to teaching in higher education to design and develop a course. With new considerations to the higher education context, this book uses current educational research to support staff in their endeavour to design and develop modules and degree courses of the highest quality.
Offering guidance on every stage, from planning to preparing materials and resources, with a focus on the promotion of learning, this book considers:
Course design models and shapes, and their impact on learning
How the external influences of learning and teaching are translated by different institutions
How to match the content of a course to its outcomes
Frameworks to enable communication between staff and students about expectations and standards
Taking into account the diverse student population when designing a course
The place of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), communication tools and systems for monitoring students’ engagement
The importance of linking all aspects of the taught curriculum and wider co-/extra-curricular activities to support learning
Ways to evaluate and enhance a course and to develop oneself as a teaching professional in HE.
Providing advice, illustrative examples and case studies, Designing Learning is a comprehensive guide to designing a high-quality course. This book is a must-read for any academic looking to create or update their course or module.