Design for Learning

The Joint Information Systems Council (JISC), which is funded by the UK Government, provides some key resources in the area of Design for Online or Blended Learning. Though they are aimed at the HE and FE sector their applicability is much wider.

Between 2003 – 2007 JISC’s e-Learning Pedagogy programme focussed on the theme of Designing for Learning. One of the key documents to emerge was the Effective Practice with e-Learning guide (2004).

From this and other research gathered by JISC our Smoothies Resources support pack (2007) was produced.

The Smoothies resources were created in order to synthesise the ideas and help you with planning and finding out about ways in which technology can support, assist and enhance learning and teaching activities.

Take a look at how we are combining JISC’s research and our own experience to achieve better delivery by design in Blackboard using our own task templates and learning icons. An application of these can be seen in our case study entitled Flipping the Classroom and the approach to the develeopment more fully explained in An Example of Good Practice in Course Design.

Please note: Although still very valid the Effective Practice with e-Learning guide has now been superceded by JISC’s more recent publication: Effective Practice in a Digital Age (2009).