Designing for Learning

The subject of learning is a varied and complex set of ideas. Good online course design seeks to connect appropriate learning strategies with intended learning goals. These resources can help you to grow in your understanding of how you might design different types of learning priorities in order to fulfill different kinds of learning goals. We have divided the Learning category into five subcategories:

    • Understanding Learners contains posts that help us think more deeply about the learners we design for, including their differences and their readiness to learn, as well as principles of learner experience (LX).
    • Understanding Learning contains posts in multiple categories about fields of study related to learning that are helpful for course designers: adult learning, self-directed learning, reflective learning, active learning, collaborative learning, transformative learning, and lifelong learning.
    • Learning Pathways contains posts about course modalities, information architecture, professional development, as well as other types of learning pathways.
    • Backward Design contains posts about the backward design process: writing objectives based on learning taxonomies, articulating evidence, developing an assessment strategy, creating a course blueprint, and designing an evaluation strategy.
    • Developing Content contains posts about open educational resources (OER) and pedagogical strategies.