Design and Development across Learning Environments

Unit code: AET6004 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
Online Self-Paced
AET6002 - Curriculum Design and Assessment for Learning (applicable for ATHE students ONLY)
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit builds upon participant knowledge and skills in contemporary learning design to optimise and authentically assess learning across the combination of physical learning environments, including work/community-based settings/simulated spaces, laboratories and field trips, and online/ remote/ blended environments.  Using an inquiry-led approach, participants will investigate the dynamic relationship between place, space and learning relevant to their practice. Participants will explore contemporary literature to inform designs and approaches suitable for diverse learners in these contexts. Participants will examine the potential learning affordances of multiple learning environments to inform the design and development of an authentic learning experience for either a regular period of study or an intensive mode of study such as the VU Block. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review contemporary learning environments with a focus on maximising learning affordances;
  2. Propose, justify and review a constructively aligned learning design for multiple learning contexts;
  3. Create an authentic, learner-centred online product for a learning environment informed by pedagogical design and incorporating relevant digital learning tools; and
  4. Collaborate with peers to inform student learning within a learning environment.

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This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Review
Grade: 15%
Review contemporary, digital learning environments
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 45%
Propose, justify and peer review a learning design (2 Parts)
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 40%
Create a learning product

Required reading

Links to recommended readings for this unit will be provided to students via VU Collaborate.

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