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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Digital Learning Design & Tools
Module Code HR5014
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Orna Farrell
Semester 2: Orna Farrell
Autumn: Orna Farrell
Module TeachersOrna Farrell
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will provide detailed knowledge and understanding of current and emerging approaches to learning design for digital, online and blended learning environments and how to apply these in a learning and development context. The module will engage in debates on different design approaches, theories and technologies to develop knowledge around the whys and hows of creating learning experiences for learning and development contexts. It will evaluate, drawing on scientific research evidence and practice, the opportunities, benefits and limitations of leveraging pedagogy, digital technologies, and techniques for learning and development delivery. Case studies from research and practice of innovative digital learning design exemplars will be used to provide a basis for critical examination of the current trends and future directions of educational technologies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of learning design for digital, online and blended learning and leverage them to support organisational learning and development
2. Develop a digital learning design toolkit to create effective and engaging learning journeys appropriate tailored to organisational learning and development needs
3. Evaluate learning experiences using quality assurance and data-driven approaches.
4. Critically apply digital intelligence to the evaluation and application of digital tools and pedagogy to the design and development of learning experiences.
5. Critically reflect on their personal and professional digital competencies.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Classroom and/or online lectures
Independent Study40Assigned readings and preparation for lectures
Assignment Completion49Learning design project
Online activity12Completion of weekly online activities
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Historical and theoretical perspectives on digital, online, blended and distance education

Learning design:
Definitions, current issues, key approaches: ADDIE, Design Thinking, ABC learning design, 7Cs.

Technology, tools and platforms:
Virtual learning environments, authoring tools, synchronous and asynchronous tools, multimedia production.

Learning design in action
Learner context and needs analysis, storyboarding, persona development, constructive alignment, accessibility and inclusion, assessment and feedback, creating a learning design.

Quality and evaluation of learning experiences for learning and development contexts.

New and emerging pedagogies, technologies and trends:
VR, AI, Open Education, user experience design, green Edtech.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentCreate a learning design for a unit of online/blended learning experience Develop a prototype70%n/a
Completion of online activityIndividual and group weekly asynchronous online activities, related to readings, discussion forums, glossary, reflections30%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • McDonald, J., West, R.,: 2021, Design for Learning: Principles, Processes, & Praxis,
  • Karen Lawson: 2015, The Trainer's Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, 9781118933138
  • Laurillard, D.: 2012, Teaching as a design science: Building pedagogical patterns for learning and technology., Routledge.,
  • Weller, M.: 2020, 25 Years of Edtech., Athabasca University Press.,
  • Anthony W. Bates: 2015, Teaching in a Digital Age, 9780995269200
  • Neil Selwyn: 2021, Education and Technology, Bloomsbury Publishing, 9781350145566
Other Resources

50211, Website, 0, Education and Technology: Key Issues and Debates, https://rl.talis.com/3/ucl/lists/D8B791DC-0CED-BCCC-5CFD-1B5C9FB12AE5.html?lang=en-US, 50212, Website, UCL, 0, Learning Design for Blended and Online Education, https://rl.talis.com/3/ucl/lists/3D64C1D0-2529-E818-AA34-E82F461B6D13.html, 50213, Website, UCL, 0, Researching Design and Implementation of Digital Learning, https://rl.talis.com/3/ucl/lists/DDB6AC90-6D10-8B48-F698-F8D4C11E518F.html?lang=en-US,
Programme or List of Programmes
MSLDMSc in Strategic Learning & Development

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