Organisers for the World of Learning event that's taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on 19 & 20 October are looking for proposals for their seminar programme.

To submit your proposal for the selection process, complete the form below and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Complete this seminar form (if you are an exhibitor)
Complete this seminar form (if you are not an exhibitor)

You can also download the seminar guidelines to help you in submitting a successful application.

The closing date for submissions is 5.00pm Friday 6 May 2016.

The Blended Learning Team at Glasgow Caledonian University (CGU) have been working to support and develop approaches to fully online delivery. This has led to them producing a number of guides and resources outlining their suggested design methodology.  They have been sharing these approaches within the University as they have evolved over the past year, and now to coincide with Open Education Week, they are making the guides available to us all

Both of these guides have been written within the learning and teaching context of CGU,  however the general principles are generic enough to be used by others.

The Guides are available to download in docx format here:
Curriculum Design Overview for Online Delivery (13 page, 3mb, docx)
A Guide to Developing Fully Online Modules in GCU Learn (20 page, 1mb, docx)

Or embedded online versions via Adobe Slate are available here:
Curriculum Design Overview for Online Delivery 
A Guide to Developing Fully Online Modules in GCU Learn 

The Guides are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence.

A Conversation About Instructional Design

Our next Discussion & Networking Meeting takes place on 30th March at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh from 2 till 4pm.

This is an opportunity to get together with other e-learning practitioners to discuss the latest news and projects from across our communities.

At our last couple of Discussion & Networking Meetings, we have covered a number of topics around creating "good e-learning", and one topic which came up regularly was Instructional Design.  So to bring this topic to the fore, we are setting some time aside to cover the topic specifically.

During the conversation, we will discuss the instructional methodologies we use, the issues we have identified in using them and how we are looking to evolve our processes, especially taking into account new technologies which are becoming available to us, and ask:


"How do traditional instructional models fit into a world of chunks, learner produced content and content curation?"


This meeting is free for eLearning Alliance Members to attend.  There is a £35 charge for non-Members.

To book your place, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Related Resources:

11 Instructional Design Truths - Edmond Manning

Action Mapping Video - LightTouch Learning

Thoughts on Advanced Instructional Design - Clark Quinn

An Instructional Design Process Review - Dr. Clark Quinn 

The Delft design guide

Instructional Design Models


The CDN Emporium 2016: Inspiring Ideas will take place throughout June, offering a week of thought-provoking and practical workshops, seminars and activities at the College Development Network offices in Stirling and in colleges across Scotland.

This year the CDN Emporium will explore ‘Developing the Workforce’ as a theme. This is an opportunity for you to share your inspiring ideas across the sector and beyond!  

CDN are looking for event proposals that connect to the theme of ‘Developing the Workforce’ and which align with the vision of ‘Leading, Creating and Sharing.’

Success stories related to STEM curriculum areas, Employer Engagement and School College Partnerships are particularly welcome.     

Please send your event proposal (no more than 400 words) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11 March 2016.

The Moodle Users Association announce that they are now accepting memberships that will be used to help drive the Moodle project.

The Association is a not-for-profit organisation, separate from the main Moodle company, where monies raised via membership subscriptions will be used to fund development projects voted on by the Members.

There are four levels of membership, starting at 100 AUS dollars (approx £49) for individuals going up to a Gold organisation membership of 10,000 + AUS dollars.

In taking out a membership, you are buying voting points, where each dollar of membership provides you with 1 voting point - so the higher your membership level, the greater your voting power.

The core business of the Association is to propose projects, develop specifications and to decide (by vote) which projects, membership funds will be used to develop, before handing the projects to Moodle HQ for development.

We're viewing the Association as an attempt by Moodle to raise additional funds without the need of going to the market to seek private equity or commercial revenue so they can remain independant as an open source community project.

LEO have created an infographic to help explain how you can use Moodle in a 70:20:10 environment.

28th January 2016

Grosvenor Hotel, Edinburgh

Working with SQA and looking at the practical issues of selecting, implementing and using e-Assessment and related technologies and techniques. This year the conference will focus on the role and use of learning technologies and related developments in Developing the Young Workforce

The role of schools, colleges and training providers will be pivotal in implementing the Developing the Young Workforce strategy.  

Scotland has been at the forefront of developing and implementing learning that is assessed using the latest IT and ICT techniques and technologies. The conference speakers will, through a range of presentations and case studies, look at opportunities for digitising the assessment process new approaches to assessment and how technology can be used to help design more effective and reliable assessment.

It is confirmed that this years programme will include the following sessions:

The Strategic Importance of “Developing the Young Workforce”

  • SQA Keynote Address - Dr Gill Stewart, Director of Qualifications Development, SQA
  • Derek Hawthorne, Skills Development Scotland 
  • Prof Phil John, Scholar, Heriot Watt University

Technology as a key element of the assessment process – its value beyond the qualification

  • Tim Burnett and Ian Brumfitt, BTL
  • Denis Saunders, Calibrand
  • Margaret Marshall,EPICT & Susan Gearing, e-com Scotland
  • David Crosbie & Terri McComiskey, CCEA

Good Practice and Experience - Case Studies and Projects from Scottish Education

  • Celeste McLaughlin, Jisc Scotland
  • Douglas Morrison, City of Glasgow College
  • Wendy Reith, The Royal High School in Edinburgh

Traffic Signals - The future Landscape and Impact of Technology in Scotland

  • Jim Fanning, Education Scotland
  • Jeff Heywood, University of Edinburgh

Further details about the programme here.

Registration Fee for the Conference is £190 per delegate + VAT

Venue: Grovesnor Hilton, Edinburgh EH12 5EF
Date: 28th January 2016