What is Learning Design?

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One of the modules in our new MSc in Learning Innovation is entitled: Learning Design for the 21st Century. Talking to my colleague Paul Rudman the other day, he wondered whether people would understand the term Learning Design. So I thought in this blog post I would unpack it a bit. Essentially it is about helping teachers make more informed design decisions which are pedagogically effective and make appropriate use of technologies. It is clear that technologies offer a wealth of ways in which learners can interact with multimedia and ways to communicate and collaborate with others. However, teachers lack the necessary digital literacy skills to make effective use of technologies. The module will provide a comprehensive overview of the field of Learning Design and lots of practice hands on activities to explore the resources and activities we have developed. A good document to get a sense of Learning Design is the Larnaca Declaration on Learning Design.