HEDN603-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Learning Design and Assessment in Tertiary Teaching

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course examines contemporary research on learning design and assessment in tertiary teaching, and explores learning and assessment design practices in order to enhance student learning outcomes.

Why does teaching sometimes naturally flow and other times feel forced? How can you draw students in to engage with materials and take more ownership of their learning across all levels? Have you ever been stuck on how to design an effective assessment task, teaching activity, or course? Can you rethink your course to move to more flexible delivery to provide more opportunities for students to learn from any location?

HEDN603 will provide you with experiences rich in both intention and inspiration through exposure to academic content and theory, hands-on experiential activities, and an invitation to consider your own learning design context. HEDN603 puts you in the driver's seat of being the designer of your own teaching.

Effective learning and teaching doesn't just happen, it is designed with intention and inspiration.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of key teaching and learning literature in tertiary education generally and within the specific topics of learning design and assessment;
2. Reflect upon and critique evidence gathered about learning design and assessment practices;
3. Revise their own learning design and assessment practices in a way that reflects an understanding and application of the teaching and learning literature and theory.


Subject to approval of the Programme Coordinator


HEDN501, HEDN502

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:00 - 16:00 17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator

Cheryl Brown


Cheryl Brown and Bernadette Farrell


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Task 1: Self-Evaluation of a current course design 03 Apr 2020 50%
Task 2: Plan forward for redesign of evaluated course 12 Jun 2020 50%


Enrolment is subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator, Associate Professor Cheryl Brown. Please contact cheryl.brown@canterbury.ac.nz if you are interested in this course as UC staff may be eligible for Staff Tertiary Study Assistance and Lincoln and ARA staff may be eligible for a Canterbury Tertiary Alliance discount.

Academic Staff employed outside UC will need to make contact with their home University HR department to complete the required paperwork.

UC Staff need to progress through the following process:

• Apply through the Learning & Development, Staff Tertiary Study Assistance to undertake the study and to have the fees paid by UC. You can view the whole process for application at Staff Tertiary Study Assistance process or just link to the Application for Staff Tertiary Assistance Form.

• Please note, as part of this process you will need to provide evidence of your Qualification to HR.

• You may also wish to review the Request a Teaching Constraint for Timetabling process and discuss this with your Head to ensure you are available at the time the study is scheduled. If there are timetable issues please contact Associate Professor Cheryl Brown as flexibility may be available.

• Enrol as a student, you need to apply to enrol for your course(s), following the same process as all students.

• Go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/enrol and follow the steps.

• You will receive an enrolment offer (this offer will show the normal tuition fees).

• On the enrolment offer, under Other Payment Method you must type in “Staff Tertiary Study Assistance” in order for your funding to be applied and your enrolment completed.

• Accept the enrolment offer.

• As part of the enrolment process you will need to provide passports/visas and other academic documents as required.  These documents may have already been provided to HR as part of your employment process but need to be resubmitted to Admissions.

• The University will then pay the agreed amount for your course/s of study.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $942.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

All HEDN603 Occurrences

  • HEDN603-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020