This report contains:
- A review of current literature and research into blended learning and models of practice
- A survey of the higher education (HE) sector on current practice/challenges around developing degree courses
- A series of interviews with a range of educational practitioners
- Recommendations identifying areas where Jisc could develop resources, guidance and effective partnership approaches
- Teaching and learning strategies are the main drivers for the curriculum design process in organisations
- Since the pandemic, there is evidence of major curriculum reviews and new interest in modes of delivery
- Learning design resources may be a route to encouraging open educational practice
- There are clear links between quality assurance, quality enhancement and staff engagement with learning design
- A strategic approach is needed for consistency in curriculum design and support
- Staff workload allocation, staff reward structures and investment in academic staff development were key concerns
- Engaging students as co-creators in curriculum and learning design is more of an aspiration than a realisation for many
Challenges for universities moving forward
To meet the challenges of flexibility around space, place and modes of delivery, universities should consider providing updated workload models. These need to recognise (and reward) the changing needs for staff to engage with design activities, evaluate their practice and provide support for innovation to engage learners.
There is a need for a shared vocabulary and understanding around modes of participation. Evidence of different student experiences and outcomes could be shared across the sector, along with examples of different ways of organising time, space, and independent and collaborative working.
Hear from the authors
Helen Beetham and Sheila MacNeill joined our Beyond the Technology podcast to discuss the findings from their review of learning and curriculum design in higher education. Listen to the podcast episode.
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