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Centre for Learning Design and Development

Facilitating teaching and learning online

Centre for Learning Design and Development


The Centre for Learning Design and Development (CLDD) supports Athabasca University’s strategic goals through a collaborative, academic services approach to course development, educational development and new initiatives in teaching and learning. Our staff can help you in all aspects of course development for successful online teaching and learning, including course design and production, effective strategies for student engagement in distance education, learning and instructional theory and practice. We look forward to your feedback on our services and our website.

Course development is managed in line with approved policy and procedures—which are currently in revision to align them with the opportunities presented by teaching and learning technologies. Most CLDD staff are involved in course development, which is the core business of the department. We work most closely with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science and the Faculty of Science and Technology.

A fledgling educational development program aims to enhance the awareness among faculty, tutors and staff about current research in learning theory and successful practices in university teaching in open and distance education.

The most recent initiative in course design for online learning is the use of open educational resources (OER), which have the potential to reduce the time and cost for course development, as well as the cost for students. We’ll keep you updated with reports of our progress as we develop a plan for exploring and using OERs in Athabasca University courses.

Centre for Learning Design and Development - Last Updated March 10, 2013



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