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Designing for 21st Century learning (EDUM129) is an optional 30-credit, master’s level module.  It can be studied as a standalone module, or as part of the Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) and/or as part of the MA Education within the Faculty of Education and Humanities.

Please note that the PGCAP is the University of Northampton HE Teaching Qualification. If you plan a career teaching in Higher Education, you will find it useful to have this qualification, as well as HEA Fellowship.  A step on route to obtain this qualification is to achieve HEA Fellowship, FHEA (D2).

Target audience

The module is aimed at educators, including lecturers, tutors, facilitators, learning designers and technologists in HE or FE sector, also aimed at primary and secondary school teachers considering a possible career in higher education.


Designing for 21st Century learning offers a state-of-the-art review of the field of Technology-enhanced Learning (TEL), reviews theoretical underpinnings and offers hands-on applications of various learning technologies in different contexts. The module focuses on topical aspects of online and blended learning, such as learning innovation, effective learning design, assessment activities, and the use of open educational resources (OERs) in teaching and course development. On completing this module, participants will be able to evaluate how different pedagogical approaches can be supported and promoted by the affordances of learning technologies, and apply a range of approaches to the design of effective learning interventions across different modes of study.

The assessment of the module is context specific and relevant to each participant’s learning and teaching environment. The themes of the assessment include a case study of an innovative approach, and the planning of a full intervention (design, storyboard, delivery, assessment).

This module will be offered in blended learning mode: there will be a weekly face-to-face session of between 60 and 120 minutes over 12 weeks, and a significant component of online work (individual and group-based asynchronous online learning activities, plus independent study).

Module tutors

The module facilitators are: Dr Ming Nie and Professor Ale Armellini (Institute of Learning and Teaching in HE), with a number of guest speakers.

Face-to-face sessions will run on Wednesday afternoons from 1pm, at Park Campus.