Welcome to the Learning Designer

Planned maintenance: Friday 31st July - Monday 3rd August

We would like to advise you that Learning Designer will be unavailable from 9pm Friday 31st July 2020 to 8am Monday 3rd August (UTC).
This is to allow our engineers to update Learning Designer to the latest version.

At risk period
Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th August are categorised as "at-risk" days, where the system will be closely monitored to resolve any issues due to the upgrade.

Thank you,
The Learning Designer team

This design tool will help with the now urgent process of moving your teaching online.

The Learning Designer is an online tool to help teachers and lecturers design teaching and learning activities and share their learning designs with each other. It was developed by a team led by Diana Laurillard at the UCL Knowledge Lab, with ESRC funding, and is free for anyone to use.

The tool is based on the six learning types from Diana Laurillard’s Conversational Framework – a model of the conditions necessary for learning to take place. The six learning types are: Read/Write/Listen (or Acquisition), Inquiry, Practice, Production, Discussion and Collaboration. In principle, a good learning design will contain a mix of all of these types of learning.

There are two screens in the Learning Designer: the Browser screen and the Designer screen. You can search for and adapt other people’s learning designs in the Browser screen or design your own from scratch in the Designer screen.

The tool provides feedback on your design by showing you (a) the amount of learning time you have designed, and (b) a pie chart of the proportion of each of the six learning types in your design. You decide what adjustments to make. In principle, a good learning design will contain a mix of all of these types of learning. The Analysis tab also shows the proportions of time learners spend online, with the teacher present, and as a class, group or individual.

The link to the User Guide below contains all the instructions for using the tool.

The learning designs you have created or adapted will appear under "My Designs" in your personal space, where you can also save other designs you find useful.

Further functionality for the Learning Designer is being developed.

The Learning Designer was developed by a team led by Diana Laurillard at the UCL Knowledge Lab, with ESRC funding.

User Guide and Video Tutorials

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