The purpose of this T&L initiative is to develop disciplinary capability in blended learning design. This initiative will equip a discipline programme team, new to this area, with the learning design knowledge and skills and, perhaps most importantly, the time and support to design a programme that uses a blended learning format.
It will support the engagement of the programme team with the Disciplinary Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment (DELTA) Framework, specifically focussing on the DELTA Framework element related to blended and online teaching.
The initiative will begin in December 2019, with the confirmation of the programme team. It will adopt a collaborative and team-based curriculum design approach involving senior management, academic staff, students, and professional services staff. Student partnership will be embedded in the curriculum design process.
The initiative will review a range of learning design approaches and select one. The next phase will focus on team capacity building in blended learning design, followed by the substantive curriculum design and programme proposal development work. Learning from the initiative will be shared through the development of a Getting Started with Blended Learning Design Guide for programme teams and disseminated at the Maynooth University Teaching and Learning Showcase in December 2020. Recommendations from the initiative will inform the University Strategy and Action Plan for Blended and Online Learning and provide a basis for scaling up to an institutional approach for wider faculty development in blended learning design.