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EDUC5267M Designing Digital Education

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Katharine Stapleford

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

EDUC5258MDesign and Evaluation of Digital Learning Environments

Module replaces

EDUC5258M Design and Evaluation of Digital Learning Environments

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

In this module you will learn about the principles of instructional design, when developing digital education resources. The module will use the principles within instructional design to inform the practise of developing digital resources. As you progress through the module you will design, develop and evaluate digital resources, culminating in delivering usable digital teaching resources.


This module will take a critical approach to planning, designing, developing and evaluating digital resources for teaching and learning.

Learning outcomes
- Understanding of considerations when planning digital learning resources
- Awareness of different approaches to provision of digital learning resources
- Understanding of relationship between pedagogy, teaching strategies and effective design
- Ability to evaluate digital learning resources

Skills outcomes
- Designing digital resources according to instructional design principles
- Understanding the relationship between design of resources and pedagogy
- Ability to undertake peer review, evaluate digital resources and act upon feedback provided


1. The role of digital in learning environments. What are learning environments and what role can/does digital play in them?
2. Developing digital resources for the learner. Who are your learners and why does it matter?
3. Digital tools – examples (MOOCS, webinars, discussion fora, wikis, blogs, etc.)
4. What is instructional design? – theory, who are the stakeholders, different processes, e.g. Addie.
5. Design for learning. Relationship between pedagogy, teaching strategies and effective design
6. Teaching and learning strategies and the use of digital - Blended, face-to-face, flipped learning, online
7. Communication and collaboration in learning environments, why and how?
8. Design elements (visual, audio, text, …)
9. Accessibility
10. Evaluation of learning resources/environments. Peer review
11. Blue sky thinking – the future in digital resources
12. Assignment

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning123.0036.00
Independent online learning hours113.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours67.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students will be provided each with online 'lectures' in written and audio formats together with supplementary readings, material, taks and activities. Students will also be expected to undertake individual and group tasks and directed readings.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Each participant will be expected to make a weekly contribution of between 500-1000 words (or equivalent) per unit, about a specific topic. Each person will be expected to contribute to (and occasionally facilitate) the weekly synchronous online seminar. Each student will have two individual tutorials to discuss progress.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectDigital Project equivalent to 6000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students will produce digital resources for teaching. This can take a range of formats but must have a substantial digital component. It must include the rationale for the design used, and a written description of the development process. An early draft of the resources will be developed before session 10, so that a process of evaluation in the form of a peer review can take place. The resources will be 'improved' as a result of this review. This process of evaluation and amendment will also be described in the final assignment. The rationale, description of development process, peer review of a fellow student's design, plus response to own peer review will be assessed. The resource will be assessed but the main focus will be on the written component of the assignment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/09/2021


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