Open Education week 2016 – GCU Open Learning Design Guides

Over the past year we’ve been working with colleagues to support and develop approaches to fully online delivery. This has included us producing a number of guides and resources outlining our suggest design methodology.  We have been sharing our approaches as they have evolved over the past year, but until now the guides have only been shared internally.


What better week to share some of these resources  than this week,  Open Education Week.  You can access the text (word) versions of our overview design guides via our open educational resources repository, edShare (direct links below).

Both of these guides have been written for our (GCU) learning and teaching context,  however the general principles we advocate are generic enough to be used by others. We have also tried not to reinvent the wheel and use other (open) resources/methodologies wherever possible.

We have also produced online versions of the guides which are embedded below.

Curriculum Design Overview for Online Delivery

A Guide to developing Fully Online Modules in GCULearn


GCU 2016 Programme Leaders Event

Our annual  GCU Programme Leaders Event took place on 2 March at the National Piping Centre. Many thanks to all our presenters and delegates for working with the lack of wifi. Despite that we did have enough tweets to create a summary of the event which you can view here. 

Developing digital capability in learning and teaching was a key theme for the day.  In this context we have defined our approach to (digital) learning as

“developing creative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment through the effective use of technology on campus and online to enhance student engagement and enhance flexible access through a range of digital devices”

As Alison Nimmo highlighted in her presentation, being digitally capable and developing digital teaching and learning often requires “reflection in action” and having a  Plan B (and possibly C).  All our speakers coped incredibly well with the lack of internet connection in the venue.  We did manage to get some comments on our padlet wall, but pen and paper worked well in the venue too.