Curriculum design and development

Curriculum design and development

There are many resources to help with curriculum design and development, including the implementation of blended learning models. Many involve templates and supporting materials that are transferable to other environments. 

Learning Designer – this is very cool: an online tool, from the UCL Knowledge Lab in London, that allows you to visualise the relative proportions of learning activities that fall under six learning types identified by Diana Laurillard’s Conversational Framework: Read/Write/Listen (or Acquisition), Inquiry, Practice, Production, Discussion and Collaboration. You can share your design or adapt someone else’s.

Blended Learning Toolkit – from the University of Central Florida (UCF ); this includes the BlendKit Course – a set of subject-matter neutral, open educational resources related to blended learning made available for self-study or group use. The goal of the BlendKit Course is to provide assistance in designing and developing your blended learning course via a consideration of key issues related to blended learning and practical step-by-step guidance in helping you produce actual materials for your blended course.

La Trobe University Learning Development toolkit – The FOLD Toolkit provides a set of resources for the design or redesign of a course and/or subject to embed flexible, online or blended learning activities or assessments. It includes a natty tool for writing learning outcomes using Bloom’s taxonomy.
Assuring learning – Australian site with resources to help you answer the question: have the students learnt what we expected them to learn and if not what can we do to help them achieve in the future? These resources are specifically for investigating ways to map and collect data for graduate attributes in higher education. It also looks at leadership strategies for engaging staff in these processes, and good practice principles for academics in teaching, assessing, and providing feedback on graduate attributes.​
BYU Idaho – Course development resources from Brigham Young University-Idaho.


Pluridisciplinary eTool – Pluridisciplinarity requires two or more disciplines to combine their expertise to jointly develop and deliver learning and teaching outcomes appropriate for a subject area. This online tool, developed by Associate Professor Jason West, allows the user to explore the pluridisciplinary nature of their STEAM (that’s STEM with Arts!), STEM, or Data Science subject by simply uploading their subject outline into the tool. Through keyword analysis, it produces a natty graph that indicates the relative representation of the key disciplines that comprise your subject.

Curriculum design workbench – Romy Lawson’s tool for curriculum development (request access)

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