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Funded Module: Fundamentals of Effective Learning Design

A Funded course to support design and delivery of online learning


As the demand for online learning continues to grow, it has never been more vital to ensure that learning experiences are engaging and accessible. This module highlights the fundamentals of effective digital learning design.

In this course, delegates will develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence to design innovative digital learning experiences for students and learners at all levels.

This SCQF Level 7 (first year bachelor’s degree) module is worth 40 credits and is comprised of 5 parts:

Part 1: How People Learn: An introduction to learning theories relevant to digital learning design, the cognitive theory of multimedia learning, and social learning theories.

Part 2: Models for effective learning: Including: situated learning, authentic learning and assessment, game design, and performance support.

Part 3: Plan and Prepare: An overview of best practice in instructional design, including instructional design models, e-tivities, e-assessment, analysis.

Part 4: Finding Online Resource: Copyright and licensing, finding and evaluating online resources.

Part 5: Creating Online Resources: Writing for the web, images, video, audio, rapid authoring tools, design

This module is suitable for those already involved in the delivery of learning, teaching or training or those with a demonstrable interest in this field.

Delivery format

This module will be delivered entirely online on an asynchronous basis (‘self-paced’ rather than scheduled live lessons) and delegates will be able to access all module content via Aula, one of our Virtual Learning Environments (VLE).  Delegates work through materials at their own pace (with recommended study time and milestones throughout the course, and regular contact and support from the Academic team.

Delegates are also able to join one live online session per month to discuss themes and share experiences; however these sessions are not compulsory.

Delegates will also have access to course materials for a short period after course completion, should they wish to consolidate any learning.

The course comprises around 100 hours of core content for delegates to work through, and additional study may be required (up to a nominal total of around 400 hours of study).

Further study

This module forms part of the Cert HE in Digital Learning Design, and delegates are welcome to continue to the remainder of the course if they desire.  Further information about the course can be found at  

Fees and funding

Funding may be available to delegates via the UWS Upskilling Fund. The UWS Upskilling Fund is a budget for delivering training to Scottish industry sectors, provided and moderated by the Scottish Funding Council. To be eligible for this funding, delegates must reside in Scotland or, work for an organisation operating (with a business address) in Scotland. If you are eligible for obtaining funding a registration fee of £75 will apply only (the full module fee is £700).  The funding is administered by UWS so you do not need to apply elsewhere - please confirm your eligibility during the course application process and the funding will be administered to your registration if you are accepted onto the course.


Registration for the module is open until 1st August 2021.  If you would like to find out more about this course, Upskilling Fund eligibility or register your interest, please get in touch with our dedicated CPD team at

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