Developing a micro-credential for Learning Designers: A Delphi Study


  • Kathryn MacCallum Canterbury University
  • Cheryl Brown



Delphi study, learning design, competencies, online, micro-credential


Teaching and learning online have increased as a consequence of the pandemic. There is an increasing need for learning design proficiency both in terms of new roles and also new expertise.  In recognition of this, the Tertiary Education Commission in Aotearoa | New Zealand is supporting the design of a micro-credential to develop introductory knowledge in this field. Given the complexity and breadth of competencies needed in this role determining the foundational components is challenging. Prior research focused on professional standards and employer requirements only capture one perspective of the role. In this Delphi study, we sought the views of thirty-four learning designers to determine the essential competencies required for learning design in the current (post)pandemic context. Findings demonstrate the importance of understanding the nuances of different modes of learning, pedagogy before technology and the value of relationships.

Author Biography

Kathryn MacCallum, Canterbury University

Associate Professor