An Evaluation of the Impact of “Learning Design” on the Distance Learning and Teaching Experience

  • Grace Clifton The Open University
Keywords: learning design, curriculum production, student learning experience, distance learning


This paper evaluates the implementation of Learning Design on the production of a core FHEQ level 6 (QAA, 2008)[1] unit of study at a UK distance learning institution.  By comparing student (n=656) and tutor (n=42) survey data with questionnaire responses (n=9) from the unit of study’s core production team, this paper assesses the impact of incorporating the Open University Learning Design Initiative (OULDI) methodology into curriculum production by looking specifically at barriers and facilitators in the application of Learning Design and its impact on module development, delivery, and the resulting student and tutor learning experience.  With a focus on developing and embedding Learning Design into the curriculum planning and production process, the paper explores how lessons learned from this experience have helped to guide and inform the future implementation of Learning Design into module and qualification level frameworks. 

[1] Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, produced by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (2008) – this framework provides a reference point for all Higher Education providers for the setting and assessing of academic standards.

Author Biography

Grace Clifton, The Open University

Senior Lecturer,

Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

How to Cite
Clifton, G. (2017). An Evaluation of the Impact of “Learning Design” on the Distance Learning and Teaching Experience. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 18(5).
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