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


  • Dilani Gedera Otago Polytechnic



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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.

Author Biography

Dilani Gedera, Otago Polytechnic


At the time of writing this article, Dilani was an online developer for OP Online. She is now an e-learning designer at the Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning (CETTL), University of Waikato, New Zealand. Her research interests and areas of expertise include e-learning, educational technologies, learning design, instructional design, technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK), and learner engagement.