Learning Design Symposium 12th December 2011


  • Learning Design as the broad technical and pedagogical field of designing learning experiences.
  • Peter Goodyear: Important distinction between what we can design and the learning that occurs – can’t design learning. Design needs to take into consideration that what we prescribe may not occur -> so that the task needs to account for the fact that activity may not actually unfold the way that we desire (for instance, in students with low motivation or behavioural disorders).
  • Gregor: The trick is to take the tools, the task and the context, and an alchemists’ touch to cultivate that learning outcomes that you want.
  • James: What we may want to change what we give to an expert teacher (who may bring a great deal of rich understanding to the learning experience) versus what we give to a novice teacher (who may appreciate much more direction about how they can teach).
  • Peter Goodyear: We often undervalue academics who don’t have articulate knowledge of pedagogical theory but do have a great understanding of learning and teaching principals.
  • Carlos: GLUE!-PS interconnecting learning design systems. Practical interoperability between systems. Excellent, worth looking up and tracking.
  • James: The curse of learning design – the vision of learning design as a solution to all teaching woes is that compelling that we don’t quite acknowledge the limitations of the approach.




  1. Mr Carlos Alario, University of Valladolid, Spain
  2. Prof Kumiko Aoki, Open University of Japan
  3. Mr Emil Badilescu-Buga, Macquarie University, Australia
  4. A/Prof Sue Bennett, University of Wollongong, Australia
  5. Dr Matt Bower, Macquarie University, Australia
  6. Ms Leanne Cameron, Australian Catholic University
  7. Dr Chris Campbell, University of Queensland, Australia
  8. Dr Kay Carroll, Australian Catholic University
  9. Prof Grainne Conole, University of Leicester, UK
  10. Prof James Dalziel, Macquarie University, Australia
  11. Dr Eva Dobozy, Edith Cowan University, Australia
  12. Ms Deborah Evans, Macquarie ICT Innovation Centre, NSW DEC
  13. Mr Paul Gagnon, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a joint collaboration between Imperial College, London and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  14. Prof Peter Goodyear, University of Sydney
  15. Prof John Hedberg, Macquarie University, Australia
  16. A/Prof Gregor Kennedy, University of Melbourne
  17. Dr Elizabeth Masterman, Oxford University, UK
  18. Dr Matthew Kearney, University of Technology, Sydney
  19. Prof Ron Oliver, Edith Cowan University, Australia (virtual)
  20. Dr Spyros Papadakis, Hellenic Open University, Greece
  21. Dr Simon Walker, University of Greenwich, UK

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