Students studying via Active Blended Learning

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

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.


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, including learning innovation, effective learning design, assessment design, effective feedback strategies, 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 assessment includes a short video based on a module design and a written assignment based on assessment design.

This module will be offered in blended learning mode: there will be a weekly face-to-face session of between 1-2 hours over 12 weeks, and a significant component of online work (individual and group-based asynchronous online learning activities, plus independent study).

Module tutor

The module leader is Dr Ming Nie (ILT).

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