Designing Learning

Prepare for successful learning with digital tools and resources. Source and evaluate digital tools and resources, integrate them into your lesson and course plans, and use technology to help you organise learning content.

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Sourcing and evaluating digital resources

With so many digital resources to choose from, it is important to evaluate quality, ease of use, effectiveness for teaching and learning, and any potential problems. The best digital resources help you support learners in reaching intended learning outcomes.

Learn about different business models and how these might affect the way you select and use digital products. Ensure that the resources you choose meet your needs and the needs of your learners.

Collating and curating

The quantity of digital resources available can be overwhelming, but technology provides us with more user-friendly ways of storing and accessing digital learning resources, and allows us to create pathways through them for groups of learners. This can save precious teacher time and have a significant impact on learning, especially as it allows us to provide differentiation for learners through extension and extra practice activities.

Learn which digital tools can help you to manage your learning resources to maximum effect.

Developing materials

You can create great additional materials using digital tools to make your resources more accessible, appealing and interactive. Use features of wordprocessing and presentation software more effectively or take advantage of the tools within a virtual learning environment (VLE) or the many apps available to create interactive activities.

Pick up simple tips for transforming the content you already have and learn how digital tools can help you to create attractive and engaging materials.

Lesson planning

Incorporating digital tools and resources into lessons can transform learning, but only when they are used well. Careful planning can help us ensure we use technology to support learning objectives and to improve learning opportunities, by providing authentic communicative and collaborative tasks, more effective differentiation, personalised practice activities, feedback and assessment.

Think about how you can integrate digital tools and resources in ways that enhance and transform language learning.

Course planning

Whether you're preparing for a face-to-face, blended or completely online course, digital tools and resources can help at all stages of the planning process. From identifying course aims and learning outcomes, to organising and tagging resources to ensure you have the right focus and balance of activities for your learners, to recycling, revision and assessment.

Explore ways of collecting, managing and organising digital resources that can help you to create effective face-to-face courses, and blended, synchronous and asynchronous digital courses.