Rethink Learning Design

Welcome to Rethink Learning Design, an open resource that explores open and critical approaches to learning and instructional design. As learning design professionals and faculty strive to include more open approaches to teaching and learning, many have questions about how our practice can shift to incorporate pedagogical and epistemological changes. As many of our tools and processes are based on traditional, systematic and static models, how can we shift our thinking and approaches? Learning designers and other learning support specialists often encounter tensions in their daily practice, as they try to critically engage with institutionally mandated curriculum, provisioned tools and resources, and the dynamics of their roles as leaders, advocates, and colleagues.

The contributions in this resource span a wide variety of practical explorations, provocations, and critical examinations of different approaches to designing for open and inclusive approaches to learning. Each contribution is designed as a springboard for further expansion and reframing, with activities or reflective questions that invite responses by experienced practitioners and students alike.

Rethink Learning Design is a collection of practical explorations, provocations, and critical examinations of open and inclusive learning approaches that invite reflection, expansion and reframing.

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Accessibility Change management Critical inquiry Critical learning design Decolonization Equity Ethics Learning Environments Open educational resources Open learning design Open pedagogy Practice example Sustainability Video Work-integrated learning

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Co-creating Places for Learning

Decolonizing and Opening the Academy via Study Abroad

Designing Open Educational Resources (OER) Using a Paid Platform

Crossing Boundaries: Learning Design and Work-Integrated Learning

Control by Design: Examining the Design of Digital Learning Environments

First, Do No Harm: Navigating the Ethics of Sharing Intellectual Property in Student-Generated Open Works

Activation: There Are Other Fish in the Sea: Open-up and Connect

Rethinking the Learning Design for Open Education

Simulations as an Instructional Strategy in Public Safety Education

Open Anthropology: Open Pedagogy, Accessibility, and Decolonization in the Discipline

Practice Example: Managing Change in Digital Learning

Practice Example: Inquiry into Contemporary Issues in Learning Technologies


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Citation Information

Harrison, M., Paskevicius, M., & DeVries, I., Eds. (2023). Rethink Learning Design.

How to use This Resource

There are multiple ways to use this resource.

First, you can scan the contribution titles on this page and read or view the contributions that interest you, or alternatively start anywhere and read through all of them.

Second, you can use the tag cloud on this page to click on topics of particular interest, which will then take you to the relevant contributions.

In addition, beyond reading and viewing the contributions, as an instructor you may then extend this resource with your own contribution and/or contributions by your students.

These additions can be made by clicking on the Issues, Role Perspectives, Lenses or Settings links at the bottom of the contribution page and writing your own addition to the resource in response to the contribution. You’ll notice an activity, questions and/or prompts at the end of each contribution that can be used as a starting point for new contributions.

If you wish to use this resource beyond reading it, please contact any of the editors for further information.