As we finish EDCI335, it is worth thinking about where we started and where we are now.

We began the course way back in September (it seems like forever has passed in this weird, time-warped world) with a set of goals listed on the syllabus:

  • Identify prominent learning theories (behaviourism, constructivism, connectivism, etc.)
  • Compare various learning design approaches (inquiry, project-based, etc.)
  • Understand the components of learning design (Learning Objectives, activities, assessment, resources)
  • Identify components of assessment, including reliability, validity, assessment types, and taxonomies
  • Identify strategies to accommodate diverse learners and apply them to learning designs
  • Construct and identify well aligned learning design strategies
  • Identify various theoretical/design models appropriate for the learning context
  • Identify and evaluate various digital, networked, and open technologies and understand how they impact the learners and the learning process
  • Develop an interactive learning resource supported by current research

Over the last 13 weeks, we have systematically covered each one of these outcomes (you can check the topics we covered), and you have worked together in learning pods to provide cooperative and individual ways for each of you to demonstrate your learning.

I got you started organizing yourselves into learning pods knowing that in an online course, during a pandemic, there is no good way for you to interact with each other if it is a whole group conversation. There is no way to follow the posts of up to 44 other learners and also do the work of making sense of it all for your context. Furthermore, and to pull back the curtain a bit, there is no good way for me to provide meaningful feedback to each one of you. It usually takes 10-12 or so hours of my time to fairly assess 30 blog posts and to provide feedback, and that is in addition to teaching 2 other courses and my day-job work.

I write that not to complain, because I do enjoy teaching this course very much, but to show that it would be impossible for me to keep up with the workload if I were assessing everything on my own.

This is why the learning pods are so important in this course. The learning pods are where you are able to discuss issues among yourselves and bring me in as needed, which many of you did. We were also able to use the learning pods to provide feedback and discuss your grade on the blueprint. This was a very intentional choice that allowed me to learn about your work in a richer context. Many of you were able to clarify things for me that I was initially confused about, and your grades improved as a result.

I hope this has modelled for you a course structure that, as a student in another course mentioned in her post

amplif[ies] the perspective and voice of students

If you are going to have a voice, then I need to step back and get out of your way. What I have seen so far in your posts and in your interactive learning resources is a group of learners who are engaged and interested in the topics and who have excellent ideas about learning design. I really am proud of the work YOU have done, and I think you should be too.

It may have felt a bit isolated in this asynchronous environment, but the course is structured specifically to reduce that through the learning pods and opening up the course to the web, where there is a vibrant and rich community of people at all stages of their journey with learning design. I trust that your learning pods were a microcosm of that community.

For some of you, my feedback on your work has led to you revising and resubmitting, and this has meant that you have been able to engage in the process of learning, and that is very good. Others of you didn't need this opportunity, and that is entirely expected. I'm grateful for all of your work.

Wrapping up

As you finish the requirements of this course (and maybe other courses too), here are some final tips based on questions that have come in in the last few days.

you need to have completed all four individual posts and published them on your own blog under the category edci335. Please check the course Feeds page to ensure your posts are there.
choose ONE of those posts for me to assess as part of your portfolio. You MAY choose to revise and expand your post, but you are not required to do this. Expanding on your post might include finding another scholarly, peer-reviewed article or two on the topic from the library, or maybe engaging with the community on Twitter about the topic, and then revising your post to include a broader perspective. Please don't exceed 500-700 words. If you have already published your final post, you can continue editing it...I will never know.
make sure there is a link to your pod's interactive learning resource in the menu of your own site, and that there are links to your individual sites on your interactive learning resource site.
The rubric that I use for grading is published in the course syllabus, on the last page. For a more visual representation, please see this page.

The official course end date is Friday, December 3, and grade are due December 10, so please make every effort to ensure your work is complete by December 3 (end of day Pacific time), but let me know if you will be prevented from doing so.


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Hello everyone, and thank you all for your work (some of which is ongoing!). Overall, I'm really pleased with how you have engaged with the course and have shown me evidence that you have learned a thing or two!

There is no 'new' content this week, so you can consider this a bit of a wrap-up week if you have things you have missed so far. Check out the schedule to ensure that you have completed all of the required items.

As the course ends next week, you are welcome to continue with your blogs. They are your work and yours to keep. If you intend to take another EDCI course (336, 337, 338, or 339), you may need it again. All you need to do to keep your posts separate is to create and use another category on your blog.

As I read your peer reviews, I was able to get a sneak peak at your learning resources, and I really like what I see. There is a variety of platforms that you have used, and a very wide diversity of topics that you have covered. I'm looking forward to digging into your final drafts!

Remember, as you tighten up your drafts, that you are not required to incorporate all of your peers' recommendations. There is some very good feedback available to you, but you know your resource better than everyone else, so the context may not necessarily fit the feedback. All I ask is that you provide a brief rationale for the feedback that you did not incorporate.

The stated due date is [badge label="Friday, December 3' /], but please let me know if your group needs a little more time to tidy things up. I hope you'll give me your best work.

The most important thing, though, is to ensure that you have completed the following things:

November 22 - Dec 3

Things to do this week (and a half)...
Responses to all four blog prompts, including links to other blogs. These should be done by now, but it's not too late to finish!
Peer review of one other group's draft Interactive learning resource. Please make sure you add the categories edci335 and peer-review so I can find it easily. Make sure you send a link to the group who authored the resource 15% of your final grade. If you have not yet sent your feedback, please do so ASAP!
Add the category showcase to the post you have decided is your best post from the course. This is the post I will assess for 15% of your grade. Aim to complete this by ]Sunday, Nov 28 (the syllabus says Nov 27, but I'm moving to Kelowna this weekend, and I won't be able to look on Saturday!).
Update your Interactive Learning Resource as appropriate based on the feedback you receive from your reviewers. You are not required to implement all of the suggestions.
Send me a link to or file of the final version of your Interactive Learning Resource.
Please have everything completed and submitted to me by the end of Friday, December 3
Finally, please make sure you complete the UVic Course Experience Survey. This survey provides helpful information on how I can improve the course.

Looking forward to seeing your work! Feel free to book an appointment with me sometime this week to talk about anything above!

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Good morning everyone!

Looks like we have some days of rain ahead of us, so that is perfect for getting this course in the bag!

As you finish the DRAFT of your interactive learning resource, please send me a link, or @ me in Notion or google docs if that's appropriate AND send a link to your peer-review partner group. To find your partner group, please use this handy-dandy table that you all created for me at


(ok...I definitely thought I had the URL on my clipboard...both my sons are drummers and I sent this to them last night and I'm leaving it here...enjoy!)

Here's the actual link...

Please send a link to the pod BELOW yours on the table. So pod 1, please send your link to Pod 2, who will review your resource and provide feedback. Pod 12, send your link to Pod 1.

Please post your review on your own blog and add the categories 'edci335' and 'review'. Your review can be in point form.

Please review the details of this assignment here.

If you have not received a link to a resource to review by Wednesday evening, Nov 10, please email the pod above you and copy me.

Please make sure to complete your review by Sunday, Nov 14 so that everyone can get started on finalizing their Interactive Learning Resources. I recognize that some groups may be a bit delayed in getting access to a learning resource, so there is some flexibility in this due date. The Peer Review MUST be completed before Nov. 21.

Please let me know if you have questions!


November 8-14

Things to do this week...

Draft and submit your Interactive Learning Resource by Tuesday, November 9.
Complete your Peer Review by Sunday November 14.

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In a course about designing learning for networked and digital environments, we finally get around to thinking about technology! There are four posts for you to read, plus a few other suggested readings. There are many ways to think about the impact of technology on education, and far too much to consider in just one course. It seems almost silly to say that the COVID pandemic has brought into the light a whole host of problems with using and abusing technology in higher ed. The pandemic and its impacts have been very disproportionately distributed with learners bearing the brunt of gaps in how higher ed instructors are prepared to teach.

Technology tends to amplify both good and poor teaching. It can make good teaching better, and bad teaching worse, but it will almost never make bad teaching better.

There are no post prompts this week as you should be working on getting your Interactive Learning Resources drafted. Remember that it doesn't have to be in its final form quite yet, but it should be substantially completed. After next Tuesday, Nov 9, each of you will review the draft created by another pod and your review will be graded at 15% towards your final grade. I'll send details about the peer review next week.

Please try to have your draft complete on time. This is both so that you don't have to work on it over Reading Week, but also so that you don't hold up other groups' peer review process.

As always, we'll meet on Monday in Zoom (3pm Pacific time...remember to change any clocks that may not be 'smart' enough to change themselves), but if you can't make it, I'm happy to meet another time, just let me know.

Cheering you on!

November 1-7

Things to do this week...

Read the four posts under the 'Technology in Learning' topic.
Your interactive learning resource DRAFT is due Tuesday November 9. The draft should be substantially completed by then so that another learning pod can provide a peer review.

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Remember summer? Seems like a long time ago that BC was in the middle of the heat we have bomb cyclones and atmospheric rivers and burning cargo ships...I hope everyone is keeping well. Seriously, though, if you are having a hard time right now, please reach out, either to me or to any of the resources available on campus, or other resources available in your local area.

October 25-31

Things to do this week...

Read the following posts, in order: Interaction, Our Need to Interact (including the required reading in Teaching in a Digital Age ), Assessing Interaction.
Complete this week's prompt on Interaction and publish your fourth required post on your blog.
Continue working on your interactive learning resource with your learning pod.
Your interactive learning resource DRAFT is due Tuesday, November 9. The draft should be substantially completed by then so that another learning pod can provide a peer review.

We are well into the back half of EDCI335 and the remainder of the course will likely go very quickly. We have 2 more units where new content will be introduced and discussed followed by Reading Week from November 10-14. After Reading Week, there won't be any more new content and you will have the remainder of the course time to work on 3 major tasks:

Peer review of another group's draft learning resource.
Polish one of the four posts you have published into a showcase post which will be assessed for grades.
Revise and complete the Interactive Learning Resource.

So far, you should have completed the following...


You should know that I mean it when I say that I am grateful for your work in this course. Your blueprints were very well done and it was a pleasure speaking with many of you over the last week about your thoughts on the assignment and to meet many of you for the first time. As I mentioned to each of you, if you have any questions of concerns about the course, or if you are having particular challenges (whether COVID-19 related or not), please let me know. There are many ways we can work together to ensure your success in the course.

This week, we are going to think about interaction and how to design for it in your interactive learning resource. Obviously, interactivity should be front-and-centre in a project called 'interactive learning resource'!

Your list of tasks for the week is at the top of this page and also on the Schedule page on the course site.

As always, please let me know if you have questions!

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Good morning or evening everyone!

Thank you for your work last week! It has been good to see your posts and blueprints come in! I had several great conversations with groups about your blueprints, so I'm pleased that they have been so well done.

As you know, deadlines are meant to be guidelines. They are certainly helpful for planning your work, and it can be difficult to catch up if you fall too far behind, however, I will never deduct grades for lateness as I believe that to be an inequitable practice that disproportionately harms some people (parents, people with jobs, people in a pandemic...). I do ask that you keep me up to date so I know when to expect to see your work.

I am admittedly late to the game regarding inclusive design, so the posts in this topic heavily rely on Heidi's (teaching section A02) expertise. I'm grateful for being able to partner with her to teach this course, even though she isn't teaching a section this term.

As you read about inclusive and universal design, consider your Interactive Learning Resource, where you will have to design with at least two barriers in mind. The advantage of doing this for people who need it is that everyone generally benefits from inclusive design. Think of curb cuts on sidewalks...

Pram Ramp.jpg
By Michael3 on Wikipedia

These were originally cut specifically for people who use wheelchairs, but they benefit a much wider variety of people, like cyclists, skateboarders, people who have vision challenges, parents pushing strollers, all of whom need to move between roads and sidewalks, and who can do so more easily because we decided to include people who use wheelchairs. The same principle works in learning environments.

When we use design principles that include, everyone benefits.

I hope you'll be able to follow the #accessAbility hashtag on Twitter this week and that you'll be able to interact with section A02 in the Padlet linked above.

I have a super busy week as I am presenting at and attending, and helping organize and run the #OTESSA21 conference this week until Thursday (feel free to check out that hashtag on Twitter too!), so I won't be able to join the Tuesday morning fun, but Heidi will be there. I'm looking forward to checking out your blueprints later this week!

October 18 - 24

Things to do this week(end)...

Read this week's posts in the following order - National #AccessAbility Week, Universal Design, and then Inclusive Learning Design.
Follow the hastag #AccessAbility on Twitter and engage in the conversation as you are comfortable.
Publish a blog post about one of the prompts for this week.
Begin operationalizing your blueprint in your Interactive Learning Resource. Your DRAFT Interactive Learning Resource is due on Tuesday, November 9. Note that this is before Reading Week, which runs Nov 10-14. Hopefully you'll be able to get your draft finished and be able to find some rest over the break. If that isn't going to happen, please let me know. It is important to be a little tighter on this due date as your classmates' work depends on you being on time-ish.

Cheering you on!!


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Week 4

12th Oct 2021

Good morning everyone!

This week is a work week! We are going to use a cooperative learning structure called 'Jigsaw' to organize your work. Details are in the prompt for Learning Design II.

The basic process is that you will meet with your learning pod, divide up the topics for the week and decide who will write on what, then each member of your pod will connect with learners from other pods to investigate and write posts about their particular topic. Then, you will reconvene as a learning pod to discuss the best approach to take for your blueprint and interactive learning resource.

It is important that each pod member is prepared to report to the pod (through their own post) about the characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses of the topic that they investigate. Each pod member should come with a recommendation about the suitability of their topic for addressing the pod's learning resource.

If you do not yet have a learning pod, please contact me as soon as possible!

You are encouraged to contact me as a learning pod, or as a jigsaw group if you have questions or concerns about the process or the topic.

Oct 12 - 17

Things to do this week...

Read the prompt for this week.
Investigate an approach to learning.
Publish a blog post about the approach to learning that you investigated. Feel free to consult with learners from other pods writing about the same topic.
Decide on a learning approach for your interactive learning resource.
Set up a time with me to review your Blueprint (link in the announcement in BrightSpace).

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Hello everyone!

We have a busy week this week with a little more reading than last week, no blog post due, but your blueprint assignment is due.

This week, we introduce the idea of a planning framework to help guide you through the complex process of designing an effective learning resource. We also introduce an interactive tool called that we have used to annotate a chapter of the textbook with questions and comments. Please feel free, if you are comfortable doing so in public, to enter your own comments and questions and have a conversation about the chapter. Who knows, maybe the author will notice...

Learning Pods

If you haven't done so yet, PLEASE make sure you are signed up for a learning pod! In a class this size, with no scheduled meeting times, it will be very difficult for you to interact with many people, so the learning pods will be where you go for connection with others in the course.

If you and your pod would like to meet with me to discuss anything to do with the class, please let me know and we can set up a time to do so.

October 4-10

Please contact me as soon as possible if you are not yet in a Learning Pod.
Read the What is Learning post on the course blog. Suggested timeline - Wednesday, October 6
Read the post 'Designing Learning' and follow the instructions to set up and use Suggested timeline - Wednesday, October 6
Read the post Planning Frameworks Suggested timeline - Thursday, October 7
Read the posts Learning Outcomes and Constructive Alignment Suggested timeline - Thursday, October 7
There is no assigned blog post this week.
Meet with your learning pod to begin mapping out your topic and drafting your learning outcomes for your Learning Design Blueprint and Interactive Learning Resource
To submit your Blueprint, please send me an email with the course and assignment in the subject line, and make sure you copy each of your Pod members in the message. A link to an online document (Google Docs, Notion, or other) or an attached file are good.
Monday, October 11 is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Your Blueprint assignment is 'officially' due on Monday, but realistically, I'm not going to be looking at them until Tuesday or Wednesday, so don't panic if you need a bit more time. Please take some time to rest this long weekend in whatever way energizes you.

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Hi everyone!

This should land in your inboxes in time for Monday evening, Sept 28. I think most of you have signed up for a Learning Pod, and I trust you have been able to connect with each other on that. If there are people you haven't heard from, or if you haven't been able to join a group, please let me know as soon as possible.

There are a few of you who have joined the course in the last few days and it may take a bit for you to catch up, but that is ok, try to do something related to the course each day!

Last week, we worked through an introduction to the course and the first topic. This week we will focus solely on the second topic, because it is an important one: assessment. When thinking about designing learning experiences, whether in a school, corporate, or other environment, it is critical to begin at the end, which is to plan where you want learners to end up (learning outcomes) and how they will let you know that they are there (assessment).

There is a bunch of reading this week along with some time for planning with your learning pod towards your blueprint, which is due next week. There are no posts for you to publish this week.

If you would like to meet with me as a learning pod to sketch out some plans, please let me know!

Sept. 27 - Oct. 3

Things to do...

If you haven't already, complete the set up tasks from last week.
Read the Blueprint assignment Suggested timeline: Tuesday, Sept. 28
Read the post Measuring Learning Suggested timeline: Tuesday, Sept. 28
Read the Alignment and Assessment Triangle post Suggested timeline: Tuesday, Sept. 28
Read the post Assessing Learning Suggested timeline: Wednesday, Sept. 29.
Read Chapters 1 and 4 of Assessment Strategies for Online Learning. Suggested Timeline: Wednesday, Sept. 29.
Read the post Feedback and the attached selection from Hattie’s book. Suggested Timeline: Thursday Sept. 30
Read the post Reliability and Validity. Suggested Timeline: Friday, Oct. 1.
Meet with your learning pod to begin with the end in mind: once you’ve identified the outcomes, what assessment pieces will you include in your Blueprint? Begin by isolating the verbs in your outcome statements and planning related verbs in your assessment piece(s). Consider how you may conduct formative assessment throughout, and if you plan to include any learner self-assessment.
In your learning pods, discuss your individual responses to the first blog prompt.

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Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend!

The schedule at the bottom of this page is a suggested timeline, but please aim to have everything completed by the evening of Sunday, September 26...or Monday. Remember, there aren't any 'due dates' on your blog posts, so 'late' isn't really a thing.

Thank you to those who have registered for a blog site. Keep in mind that your blog privacy settings will determine whether or not your posts can be syndicated to the course site. See the page called 'Creating a Blog on the OpenETC' under the section 'Privacy Settings' for details.

Also, there are still several people who have not submitted the Learning Pathways Survey. Please make sure that you have submitted the survey, found on the Social Spaces page (please contact me if you don't have the password).

Also, please get in the habit of using the category edci335 on each of your posts. Click here for instructions for creating categories and applying them to your posts. Let me know if you need assistance!

This week, we are going to dig into how people actually learn. You will watch a short, and hopefully entertaining, video about riding bicycles, read a chapter in one of the course texts, and, importantly, get started on your Learning Design Blueprint, which is due Sunday, October 10 and is worth 20% of your final grade.

The blueprint is a critical component of the course and also your work in the Interactive Learning Resource assignment, so that is why your blueprint must be submitted before you submit your Interactive Learning resource.

If you would like, we can schedule a time to meet in Zoom so you can ask your questions and get responses all at once rather than a bajillion emails.

I hope to see you in our Zoom meeting at 3PM (Pacific time)!

September 20-26

Things to do...

Join our optional weekly Zoom meeting on Monday @3:00 PM. If you haven't already, complete the set up tasks from earlier this week.
Read the Learning Theories post on the course blog. Suggested timeline: Tuesday, September 21
Read the post 'Why is Learning Hard?' and consider how learning design might be affected by a learner's bias or motivation. Suggested timeline: Wednesday, September 22
Read the post Motivation and Learning. Suggested timeline: Thursday, September 23
Respond to the blog prompt by Friday, September 24. Make sure you use the category edci335!
Meet with your learning pod to introduce yourselves and begin thinking about a topic for your Learning Design Blueprint and Interactive Learning Resource
In your learning pods, discuss your individual responses to the blog prompt for this unit.
Try to schedule time for yourself to get some exercise, which has been shown to have all kinds of physical and mental health benefits. It doesn't have to be much, every little bit helps!

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12th Sep 2021

Just a quick reminder to make sure you are on top of getting your technology set up this weekend. There were 17 responses to the Doodle Poll and Mondays are very much the most popular days to meet, and you are spread very evenly throughout the day. So, my suggestion is that we set a standard meeting time for 3:00pm-4:00pm (Pacific time) on Mondays (check your local time), starting tomorrow, but if there are groups or individuals who want to meet at another time, they can contact me and we can set up a time that works.

The Zoom link is in the announcement.

Please make sure that you have at least started on the tasks listed on my first post.  So far there are only 20 of you who have completed the Learner Pathways Survey and 23 have signed up for a learning pod. Many components of the course depend on those activities being completed.

If you are having difficulty getting a site created and accessible on, you might want to try creating another site with a slightly different URL (I suggest you not use '335' in your URL, especially if you might take another EdTech course). I think the server got a bit bogged down with the start of the semester. Otherwise, please let me know and we can determine a path forward.

Keep in mind that your blog privacy settings will determine whether or not your posts can be syndicated to the course site. See the page called 'Creating a Blog on the OpenETC' under the section 'Privacy Settings' for details.

Also, please get in the habit of using the category edci335 on each of your posts. Click here for instructions for creating categories and applying them to your posts. Let me know if you need assistance!

September 8-19

Things to do this week (plus a few days)...

Read the syllabus that is available in BrightSpace.
Read the welcome to the course.
Read the privacy, FIPPA, and consent tutorial.
Review the Code of Conduct, then,
Sign up for a WordPress blog.(You need to do this before you complete the Learning Pathways survey.)
Complete the Learning Pathways survey by Sunday, Sept 12.
Customize your blog.
Post a self-introduction to your blog.
Set up your RSS feeds.
Form your learning pods by Sunday, Sept 12. The password was emailed to you.

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4th Sep 2021


Hello everyone, and welcome to EDCI 335, Learning Design.

I'm looking forward to spending the next several weeks with you talking about how to design learning experiences for learners using digital technologies. We'll explore questions about how learning actually works, how technology...

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