Cats, Coffee, Canberra: Course Design Principles for E-learning


  • Vinuri Wijedasa Australian National University
  • Bruna Contro Pretero Australian National University



e-learning course authoring, constructive alignment, student engagement, active learning, accessibility


The rapid shift to online and blended modes during the COVID-19 pandemic era resulted in the adoption of digital tools and the development of online resources at an unprecedented scale. However, limitations in time, resources, and learning design or online education experience meant that resources developed were not always fit for purpose or constructively aligned. After designing online modules with teaching staff and students over the past several years, we identified a gap in the knowledge of pedagogical and design principles as they apply to e-learning. This workshop will bridge this gap by providing a step-by-step guide for developing effective e-learning courses. We will explore key considerations and practical strategies and share best practice examples from our own projects. Participants will practice these skills in hands-on activities while storyboarding and designing their own e-learning resource. The workshop is aimed at tertiary educators and developers new to e-learning and those with some experience who wish to upskill in this area.

Author Biography

Vinuri Wijedasa, Australian National University

Learning Designer, Medical School, ANU College of Health and Medicine






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