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Short Learning Programme
the Design of an eLearning Module
The NWU and many other higher education institutions adopted blended learning as a strategy to improve access and student success. The adoption of a blended learning strategy became imperative to accommodate the ever increasing numbers of students and to extend access to new populations of students, alleviate the demand on physical infrastructure and adequate time tables and to enhance the process of teaching and learning for diverse body of students. New technologies provide opportunities for trainers, teachers and developers to create new learning environments that support and enhance their students cognitive experiences as well as the social environment contributing to effective and successful teaching and learning. This short learning programme will focus on planning and design of an e-learning course for a blended learning delivery mode. The theoretical framework used for the development of this SLP is based on the TPACK framework as it offers a useful framework for understanding the necessity of including technology in a component of knowledge and pedagogy and finding the synergy between technology-, content- and pedagogical knowledge.

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of the SLP is to provide training institutions and interested individuals with an introduction and overview of e-learning course design. Learners will develop an understanding of e-learning within a blended learning environment. They will engage in the exploration of technologies relevant to online learning environments and conceptualise the design of an e-learning course.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Appropriate teaching or training qualification on at least NQF level 6 or relevant experience in teaching or training.
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Attendees should have appropriate content knowledge of a specific subject field and basic understanding of teaching and learning pedagogies. Participants should possess basic computer skills and must be able to use MS Office, web platforms and internet browsers.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

Module 1: Introduction to e-learning


Learner should be able to understand the concept e-learning and the need for blended learning.
  1. Explain the concepts e-learning and blended learning
  2. Discuss the need for blended learning.
  3. Identify the pedagogy embedded in the design of an e-learning course.
  4. Identify the specific strategies to be used in the design of the course.
Module 2: Conceptual framework for e-learning design To demonstrate an understanding of the TPACK conceptual framework for blended learning designs. Learner should be able to understand modes, options and potentials of blended learning and design strategies.
  1. Discuss the need for blended learning.
  2. Distinguish between different modes of blended learning.
  3. Identify the components of the TPACK framework.
  4. Discuss different design elements essential for course design.
  5. Identify technologies that can be used in a blended learning environment.


Module 3: Curriculum design for blended learning module Apply a systematic approach  and methodology to blended learning course design.
  1. Apply design principles in the conceptualization of an e-learning  course design.


Various forms and variations of assessment will be used which include continuous and summative online assessment in an online- synchronous and asynchronous way via a selected platform.
Method of assessment: 
Methods of assessment will be designed as self, peer and instructor assessment.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
Higher education lecturers, training developers and teachers.
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Telephone number: 
018 285 2821