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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.



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Commonwealth of Learning Award for Excellence in Design of Distance Education Materials

17 Dec 2013

I'm very pleased to announce that an AU course has been awarded the Commonwealth of L...

CLDD learning designers win international award

16 Dec 2013

At the ICDE meeting in October 2013 in China, two CLDD learning designers were awarde...

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Updated March 27 2015 by Student & Academic Services

AU, CANADA'S OPEN UNIVERSITY, is an internationally recognized leader in online and distance learning.