EEL512 Digital Learning Design (4)

The effective use of open, online and distance education pedagogies and technologies in teaching and learning requires that lecturers and trainers design, create and/or develop appropriate organizational environments, resources and conditions. The process requires layers of concise planning, collaboration, decision making and action to enable the realisation of an effective learning space.

In this subject students will explore the research, conceptual process and media rich tools that underpin the design of online mediated environments. Theories of constructivism and related design patterns are investigated for their influence on learning and teaching and their eventual impact on online educational environments. Students will design an educational module for an online learning space.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define and apply theories and beliefs of learning environments and apply to online learning (Tooley's paper on beliefs and methodologies);
  • be able to evaluate tools and environments for online learning; and
  • be able to plan, create and evaluate an online module.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theories for learning design - Theories and beliefs around online learning. Explore some in depth and use group discussion to explore ideas behind theories.
  • Environments and tools for online learning - Explore and evaluate online learning environments including social media, eportfolios and virtual learning environments (Canvas)
  • Planning and creating an online module - design a module using intended learning outcomes for an online module. Refer to Biggs and Tang.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.