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The joy of learning design

Emma Hutson and Professor Peter Stockwell discuss the design of the University of Nottingham's, Online Masters in Applied English.

Learning designers can operate at a number of different levels including at the course, module, topic and activity levels. In this video, Senior Learning Technologist, Emma Hutson and Professor Peter Stockwell discuss course level design in the context of the University of Nottingham’s, Applied English MA Distance Learning. While strictly speaking this is not a blended or hybrid learning course, their conversation does provide us with considerable insight into the types of learning design practices and processes that teachers and designers working in more campus-based contexts are now starting to adopt.

What I think, in particular, the conversation shows is the amount of planning, thought, effort, collaboration, time and imagination that goes into effective learning design. As Emma and Peter explain, as part of their efforts, they travelled around the world to talk to and learn as much as they could from colleagues at a range of different institutions.

More than this, it reveals the enjoyment they derived from the process and the sense of pride and accomplishment with the outcome of the learning design team’s efforts. I also think you can detect mutual recognition and a deep sense of respect for each other’s contribution to the success of the initiative.

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