Improving university teaching

Improving university teaching: Creating strategies and tools to support the design process

University teachers must design learning experiences that engage a diverse range of students in ways that promote effective learning. Increasingly, this involves designing for online learning to complement or replace face-to-face classes, requiring teachers to make appropriate choices about how to integrate tasks and facilitate interactions that are mediated by technology. Online teachers need practical, relevant support to help them apply their disciplinary and teaching expertise to design for this new environment. This project aimed to:

  1. Identify the processes by which university teachers design learning experiences;
  2. Determine how ‘learning designs’ that detail learning tasks, resources and supports can provide guidance to help university teachers design for online learning;
  3. Determine how these ‘learning designs’ can be described using international technical standards that allow them to be shared and reused in different learning contexts;
  4. Devise, develop and evaluate guidance and tools to support teachers’ design processes.

Funding: Australian Research Council Linkage Project Award (LP0669368)

Chief Investigators:

  • Sue Bennett, University of Wollongong
  • Lori Lockyer, University of Wollongong
  • Shirley Agostinho, University of Wollongong
  • Barry Harper, University of Wollongong
  • Rob Koper, Open University of the Netherlands

Interview instrument used in this study. Please cite as:
Teachers’ design processes interview instrument from: Bennett, S., Lockyer, L., Agostinho, S., Harper, B., & Koper, EJR. Improving university teaching: Creating strategies and tools to support the design process. Australian Research Council Linkage Project (LP0669368) ($188K + $209K in kind) Industry partner: Janison Solutions, 2006-2009.