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Find out about the Edinburgh Learning Design Roadmap (ELDeR).

“[The workshop] was very well directed and helped us improve our course design elements immensely. We thought we were already at quite a well developed stage, but the workshop was vital in clarifying the student pathways through the course, the time requirements, and the assessment structures.”

Prof Dave Reay, Chair in Technology Enhanced Science Education (and course lead on Online Sustainability and Social Responsibility) 

What is ELDeR?

ELDeR is a practical, team-based approach to learning design. It involves a two-day, intensive, collaborative workshop, at the end of which the course team goes away with a detailed blueprint of the course and a comprehensive action plan.

At its heart is the student learning experience, where student feedback and assessment literacies are given top priority, and a shared vision of the course/programme is developed between team members.

By considering what students should be able to do by the end of the course and how they will know that they are getting there, a foundation is set for authentic assessment that aligns with learning outcomes (McCune & Hounsell, 2005; Wiggins & McTighe, 2005).


McCune, V. and Hounsell, D. (2005). The development of students’ ways of thinking and practising in three final-year biology courses. Higher Education, 49 (3), pp.255-289.

Wiggins, G., and McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by Design (Expanded 2nd ed.). Alexandria, Virginia: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. (ASCD).

More information

For more information about Learning Design development at the University of Edinburgh, please contact the Learning Design team, we are based in Learning, Teaching and Web Services Directorate, Information Services.