Good teaching does not happen by chance. It is based on deliberate decisions that the teacher or curriculum developer makes. At CoLEAD, we view learning design as the basis for all good teaching.

As a design process, you can approach it using an iterative process, allowing experience to improve the process. It can also be designed purposefully, guided by broad principles (pedagogy and andragogy), tools (learning environment and educational technology), and a good understanding of the learners.

What Learning Design is About

We define learning design as the process of putting together a course of study to achieve an educational outcome. This involves making decisions about various aspects of your teaching, such as: 

  • What content to include (expert knowledge) 
  • Who the learners are (design thinking and motivation theories) 
  • Where the learning takes place (learning environment) 
  • When to teach what (curriculum design and lesson planning) 
  • How to teach (pedagogical models and classroom management) 
  • How to know if the learning is effective (assessment and analytics) 
  • What technology can be used to support learning (educational technology) 

Role of Educational Developers at SIT

Our educational developers draw on their expertise in teaching pedagogy and educational technology to partner academic staff in various aspects of their teaching. Here are three ways they can help.

Sounding board

Discuss and enhance your curriculum, lesson and assessment plans with our educational developers.
They will work with you to realise ideas, resolve challenges, and adopt a student-centred approach to applied learning.

  Independent observer

Invite an educational developer into your classroom to observe your classes and give feedback on the learning environment, the learners and the lesson.

Source of support

Educational developers provide support when you need help with adopting and applying a new teaching method or new technology.

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