Learning Design Process

At Royal Roads University, we strive toward a collaborative Learning Design Process aimed at enhancing the learning experience for our students. This involves a methodical integration of pedagogical and technological elements to enrich all learning environments; blended, online, and face-to-face.

The Learning Design Process aligns with the RRU Learning, Teaching, and Research Model; and is focused on an outcomes approach to professional and applied learning.

Many of the courses at RRU are in a blended format. Therefore, learning design is important, and we aim to provide an engagement, not just a text-based reading and writing experience. This involves an integration of:

  • meaningful content and learning experiences;
  • constructive alignment of outcomes and assessments; and
  • the application of usability and accessibility standards for the web.

When we design a new course (designated Service Level 3) we work as a team. The team includes:

  • faculty, as subject matter expert;
  • learning designer, who helps faculty to build the structure of the course, with alignment between outcomes, learning activities and assessment, and works with faculty to assure approval of the course outline;
  • senior learning technologist, who helps to set up the course in the Moodle Learning Management System, and works with faculty to set up the gradebook, and integrate other tools where appropriate;
  • library support for learning resources and copyright clearance;
  • learning technologists who perform technical quality assurance before the course goes live; and
  • program head, who is responsible for academic quality.

View some short videos of RRU faculty sharing their thoughts about the benefits of collaborative design.

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