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Designing Learning

From Module Outline to Effective Teaching, 2nd Edition

By Christopher Butcher, Clara Davies, Melissa Highton


282 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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Bridging the gap between theory and practice, this fully updated new edition of Designing Learning offers accessible guidance to help those new to teaching in higher education to design and develop a course. With new considerations to the higher education context, this book uses current educational research to support staff in their endeavour to design and develop modules and degree courses of the highest quality.

Offering guidance on every stage, from planning to preparing materials and resources, with a focus on the promotion of learning, this book considers:

  • Course design models and shapes, and their impact on learning
  • How the external influences of learning and teaching are translated by different institutions
  • How to match the content of a course to its outcomes
  • Frameworks to enable communication between staff and students about expectations and standards
  • Taking into account the diverse student population when designing a course
  • The place of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), communication tools and systems for monitoring students' engagement
  • The importance of linking all aspects of the taught curriculum and wider co-/extra-curricular activities to support learning
  • Ways to evaluate and enhance a course and to develop oneself as a teaching professional in HE.

Providing advice, illustrative examples and case studies, Designing Learning is a comprehensive guide to designing a high-quality course. This book is a must-read for any academic looking to create or update their course or module.

Table of Contents

List of Figures; List of Tables; Series Editor Introduction; Foreword; Chapter One: The Higher Education Context; Chapter Two: How your teaching fits into the big picture; Chapter Three: What are you students supposed to learn and be able to do?; Chapter Four: Matching your content to outcomes – and not the other way around; Chapter Five: Selecting the appropriate teaching and learning methods; Chapter Six: Designing Assessment and Feedback Opportunities; Chapter Seven: Learning materials and resources for diverse learners; Chapter Eight: Supporting your learners; Chapter Nine: Managing your course; Chapter Ten: Engaging your students and creating a learning community; Chapter Eleven: Does the course work? Evaluating and Evidencing your Practice; References

About the Authors

Christopher Butcher is a higher education consultant working with a number of institutions across the UK and Europe.

Clara Davies is formerly the Head of Academic Staff Development at Leeds Beckett University, UK, and is now an independent higher education consultant.

Melissa Highton is Assistant Principal for Online Learning and Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services at University of Edinburgh, UK.

About the Series

Key Guides for Effective Teaching in Higher Education

This indispensable series is aimed at new lecturers, postgraduate students who have teaching time, Graduate Teaching Assistants, part-time tutors and demonstrators, as well as experienced teaching staff who may feel it’s time to review their skills in teaching and learning.

Titles in this series will provide the teacher in higher education with practical, realistic guidance on the various different aspects of their teaching role, which is underpinned not only by current research in the field, but also by the extensive experience of individual authors, and with a keen eye kept on the limitations and opportunities therein. By bridging a gap between academic theory and practice, all titles will provide generic guidance on the topics covered, which is then brought to life through the use of short, illustrative examples drawn from a range of disciplines. All titles in the series will:

  • represent up-to-date thinking and incorporate the use of computing and appropriate learning technology
  • consider methods and approaches for teaching and learning when there is an increasing diversity in learning and a growth in student numbers
  • encourage readers to reflect, critique and apply learning in their practice and professional context
  • provide links and references to other work on the topic and research evidence where appropriate.

Titles in the series will prove invaluable whether they are used for self-study, as reference material when seeking teaching recognition or as part of a formal taught programme on teaching and learning in higher education (HE), and will also be of relevance to teaching staff working in further education (FE) settings.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology