Designing for Learner success (D4LS) at Otago Polytechnic: From an E-learning designer’s perspective

Dilani Gedera


Otago Polytechnic (OP) is currently involved in redesigning and redeveloping its programmes and courses under an institution-wide project, Designing for Learner success (D4LS). This project has aimed to improve the overall learner success rates, to enhance leaner satisfaction with learning experience, and also to better integrate development of learner capabilities within programmes at OP. D4LS utilizes a robust and systematic structure which involves several phases. As an E-learning designer in the D4LS project, I will focus on the development phase in this article and discuss how using an agile approach facilitated the design and development of high quality products (e.g. Moodle courses, learning activities and assessments). Furthermore, I will discuss some challenges and limitations encountered in the development phase. In response to these challenges and limitations, several recommendations will be made in order to mitigate the issues discussed.


curriculum; learning design; designing for learner success; e-learning; challenges text

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