Transforming the online learning experience

At Business Co-Design (BCD), academics, educational developers, learning technologists and learning designers work together to create engaging online learning experiences. As a digital learning designer, I evaluate the content of digital courses and advise academics on possible ways to transform the learning content into interactive online activities. Academics play their part as Subject Matter ExpertsContinue reading “Transforming the online learning experience”

Five design principles for successful e-learning

Why is visual design critical for online learning? Let’s look at five design principles and how the Learning Designers from the Business Co-Design team have taken advantage of these principles to produce engaging and effective online learning experiences for business school students. “Design and aesthetics have a profound impact on how users perceive information andContinue reading “Five design principles for successful e-learning”

Where is every body? Towards embodied practice in teaching development

How do you learn to teach? The quality of professional development programs for tutors in higher education can have a significant impact on their experience of teaching, as well as their students’ learning. But how do people really learn to teach? What has helped you in your practice? Observing or getting feedback from peers? ReadingContinue reading “Where is every body? Towards embodied practice in teaching development”

Making media more accessible

Educators are already time-poor. Making multimedia content on top of preparing lectures and marking assignments can feel not only burdensome but alien (Britton, et al., 2020; Cerimagic, 2021) Thankfully, new technologies are making the media production process more accessible, cheaper, and faster. Nowadays, almost anyone can record a video using a smartphone or create aContinue reading “Making media more accessible”

Designing Digitally Engaging Courses and Activities

Have you received student feedback that indicates disengagement with their Canvas activities? You are not alone and this feedback provides an opportunity for reflection and improvement, revising how your online courses are digitally designed and presented. If you have an interest in educational technologies and curriculum design methodologies to enhance the student experience, this isContinue reading “Designing Digitally Engaging Courses and Activities”

Bringing Drama to Zoom Rooms

In pandemic times, engaging students is more critical than ever. Could bringing drama to Zoom help? What can teachers learn from the dramatic arts about engaging students and avoiding Zoombie experiences? University of Sydney Business School colleagues and I were lucky to attend a National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) workshop on engaging a virtualContinue reading “Bringing Drama to Zoom Rooms”

Evaluation in Practice: How Do We Know What Works?

In last week’s blog post, Elaine Huber outlined research on evaluation which prompted us to respond to her questions about how evaluation is conducted in practice and what we have learnt from the process. At Business Co-Design (BCD), we have developed an evaluation framework to determine the success of educational developments, especially those being madeContinue reading “Evaluation in Practice: How Do We Know What Works?”

Teaching the Masses: Managing Large Cohorts

Enrolments at Australian universities have increased 41 per cent since 2008 (Universities Australia, 2020). Growing enrolments inevitably leads to larger cohorts and more significant pressure on academics to manage hundreds, if not thousands of students. Defining large cohorts At present, there is no consensus amongst academic literature on precisely what constitutes a large class orContinue reading “Teaching the Masses: Managing Large Cohorts”

DIY Kits: Media Making Made Easy

The DIY kits are media making tools, designed by the Business Co-Design (BCD) media team to empower staff to create their own video and audio content (Britton, et al., 2020). Each DIY kit has been built to serve a specific purpose, from talking head videos, to pen-cast recordings. User experience is front of mind inContinue reading “DIY Kits: Media Making Made Easy”

Learning Design for Statistics

How do you produce thorough, engaging online modules for a first-year introductory statistics unit? Planning and a shared approach helps, as does a considered approach to technology. Introduction BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis is a core first year unit, offered in the University of Sydney Business School’s, Business Analytics discipline – delivered across 13 weeks. TheseContinue reading “Learning Design for Statistics”

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