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Athabasca University


The Centre for Learning Design and Development (CLDD) supports Athabasca University’s strategic goals through a collaborative, academic services approach to course design, educational development and new initiatives in teaching and learning. Our staff can help you in all aspects of learning design for successful online teaching and learning, 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 by each Faculty in line with approved policy and procedures by each faculty.  CLDD learning designers are available to work with faculty and course production staff across the university.

Our 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 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. We are making progress on a plan for exploring and using OER in Athabasca University courses.


Teaching and Learning Blog

Mapping Out Learning Outcomes Workshop...

10 November 2015

Embedding Critical Thinking in the Curriculum...

25 May 2015

From the learning design perspective, this poster summarizes and illustrates the discussion of critical thinking...

First global overview of quality models in online and open education

22 May 2015

This ICDE supported study is a must-read for any person concerned with quality in online, open and flexible higher education...

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Updated November 10 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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