Unit Learning Design Process

Blank Templates

This table contains links to a series of four templates intended to enable unit designers to design and review a new and/or existing unit of study. These templates are accompanied by a short paper advocating the process and three example unit level learning designs.

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Step 1:

Unit Concept and Assessment Details (version 3)

This template is intended to enable unit designers to conceptualise the core elements of a new/proposed unit. These include:
  • a series of intended learning outcomes which are directly informed by course level curricula and/or professional standards
  • a schedule of assessment tasks which enable the assessment of students achievement of the intended learning outcomes
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Step 2:

Unit Sequence Template - Editable Version (version 2)

This template enables unit designers to graphically represent the alignment and intended teaching sequence for a unit of study. It is a ‘floor plan’ representation of a unit, enabling unit designers to plot the sequence and alignment of intended learning outcomes, formal assessment tasks, learning activities, feedback, instruction and topics. In parallel, it can be used to nominate the location or technology used for the provision of each assessment task, learning activity, feedback and instruction. A unit sequence can be printed on a single A3 sheet of paper. thumbnail preview of Step 2 document
Step 3:

Calculating Student Volume of Learning (version 1)

This table can be used by unit designers (unit coordinators) to determine the overall volume of student learning for the unit. Calculating the overall volume of student learning is notional and therefore the intention is to define how long a student would commonly take to:
  • prepare for and perform each of the assessment tasks and learning activities contained in the unit
  • engage with and/or attend various forms of instruction in the unit
This table relies upon assigning minute/hour values against each of the elements in a unit sequence.
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Step 4:

Reviewing a learning design (version 2)

A series of questions for unit designers to self-review a learning design documented using the aforementioned templates. thumbnail preview of Step 4 document
Alternative approach:

Learning Design Builder

(beta version)

This prototype incorporates the templates above in an Excel workbook, enabling the addition of costing estimate information. With this series of linked spreadsheets, you can also demonstrate indicative unit costing and business modeling for standalone offerings or a series of micro-courses. The integration of a base unit of hours into the design process provides a powerful tool to develop indicative costing related to development and delivery of learning activities, assessments and resources, common understanding of requirements and possible student fee structures. thumbnail preview of Step 5 document

Additional resources

The documents in this section include background information and worked examples.

Resource title Description
Learning Design An enabler for designing open educational courses A position paper proposing the use of learning design processes which enables academics/teachers to conceptualise their learning design as an inter-dependent system.
Learning Design Example 1 An example of this series of templates used to develop the learning design of a new unit at the University of Tasmania: "Doing Research in the Real World"
Learning Design Example 2 An example of this series of templates used to develop the learning design of a new unit at the University of Tasmania: "Introduction to German"
Learning Design Example 3 An example of this series of templates used to develop the learning design of a new unit at the University of Tasmania: "Social entrepreneurship in the digital age"