The Community of Learning Design (CLD) supports Athabasca University’s strategic goals through a collaborative, academic services approach to course design, educational development, and new initiatives in teaching and learning. Learning design staff work within the faculties on all aspects of design for successful online teaching and learning, promoting effective strategies for student engagement in distance education, and providing expertise in learning and instructional theory and practice.

Course development is managed by each Faculty in line with approved policy and procedures. Dedicated learning designers work within each faculty as members of a team that may include professors, coordinators, subject matter experts, and course production staff.

As a community of practice group, the learning designers also offer educational development programs to enhance awareness across the university among faculty, tutors, and staff about current research in learning theory and successful practices in university teaching in open and online 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.

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Updated December 22 2017 by Student & Academic Services