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EDUC5267M Designing Digital Education

30 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Katharine Stapleford

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

EDUC5258MDesign and Evaluation of Digital Learning Environments

Module replaces

EDUC5257M and EDUC5259M

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


Indicative syllabus
The module will cover topics such as analysing and supporting learner needs; instructional and learning design; the relationship between pedagogy and effective design; principles of multimedia and elearning; designing learning at scale; copyright and accessibility; evaluating digital educational resources.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning115.5060.50
Private study hours222.00
Total Contact hours78.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Please note, this module is delivered entirely online, there is no requirement for students to be physically present on campus. The teaching is based on a 'flipped learning' model, whereby each weekly unit comprises asynchronous pre-seminar tasks, a synchronous online seminar and asynchronous post-seminar tasks.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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

There will be opportunities for students to submit and receive feedback on a plan and draft of their final assignment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectDigital resource plus rationale 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: 10/10/2022 11:39:05


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