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Course Design Blueprint

Course Design and Development Events

Course Design Development Events (CDDEs) have been designed to accommodate a flexible approach to learning design based upon course design needs and may take the form of an event or series of events to support self-evaluation, enquiry, co-creation, and critical support and challenge in relation to the Blueprint themes. 

The requirements for course development may be identified and initiated through the revalidation cycle, ongoing monitoring, or following approval of a new course through the Portfolio Oversight Committee.

The schedule of courses identified as in need of development is developed collaboratively by the Associate Deans for Learning and Teaching, Quality Team, Course Team, and CELT. The Associate Dean for the School will facilitate the design process and activity.

Design needs will fall into on of the following construction scenarios depending on whether it is a brand new course, one in need of significant attention to the delivery or student experience, or an existing programme looking to refresh particular elements or modules. 


Foundations Renovations Refresh

The process

Pre-event Activity

Prior to your event, we will invite you to an initial meeting to:

  • Discuss the Course Design Blueprint
  • Reflect upon insights into the student experience and outcomes on current provision
  • Explore requirements of the CDDE and shape the format

             *The Course Team will collaboratively review the self-evaluation matrix at this stage to 'hone-in' on design needs. 

  • Identify staff development and training needs 
  • Agree who, in addition to Course Leader and Associated Dean, will need to be present at the CDDE to inform specific design activities
Event workshop activity

A tailored course design programme is co-developed with the Associate Dean and Course Leader based upon design needs, with a series of activities to support you on your design journey. 

Activities may include, but are not limited to: 

Developing Course  / Module straplies Defining the purpose and mission fro your course.
Course Storyboarding Developing a vision & narrative, connecting outcomes and skills
Module Storyboarding Connecting theory - practice - assessment - delivery
Designing the Blend Designing the activities for learning
Building the Blend Developing the course and modules in Brightspace
'Milestones' Action-planning to maintain momentum and for further enquiry into design features
Next steps

Following the CDDE, the Course Leader and Associate Dean will meet to discuss outcomes of the workshop and progress, including: 

  • Findings from follow-up enquiries

  • Consideration of potential challenges or barriers for implementation of the proposed design

  • Further CPD / training needs 

  • Subsequent monitoring and review

There will be a review of evidence to support assessment against the Self-Evaluation Matrix, and opportunity for final checks that course design needs have been met prior to the development and submission of validation documentation.