No 8 – Practical Tips for Learning and Instructional Design


Monday, 18 May 2020, 17:00 CEST

EDEN webinar

Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.

In these uncertain times due to the Coronavirus COVID-19, many of us are struggling with the adjustment to working and teaching online. Where do you begin? How do you manage the process?
To address these questions and many others, EDEN is organising a series of practical webinars entitled “EDEN webinar series: Education in time of a pandemic #onlinetogether #covid19”. These webinars are featuring experts and experienced practitioners within the field of open, distance, and e-learning.
The weekly, one-hour sessions are held every Monday at 17:00 CEST, from March through June, 2020.



Facing the overnight change that there are no more f2f lectures, at least for some time, a number of teachers have had to now think about how to organize their courses in online environment. For those already using digital technologies and running blended courses, it was not such a demanding task, but for those who teach predominantly in the classroom environment, it have been quite a sudden an often overwhelming challenge. When now engaging in online learning, a number of teachers are making first steps looking into how and where to start, how online teaching should look like, how to engage with students…others have had to adapt their blended way of working to the fully online mode. Online learning has brought new challenges to students, too: although they use digital technologies in their everyday life, online learning is new to them as well, deprived from the physical presence of the classroom some of them feel isolated and unsecure and feel a lack support. In this webinar, we will provide practical tips that can help teachers in designing, structuring and delivering their online courses. We will do so by trying to give you answers to the following questions:

  • How to transfer f2f courses to online environments?
  • What are the necessary elements of an online course?
  • Is there a difference between learning outcomes (LO) in f2f and online and how to assess LO in the online environment?
  • How to organize students’ activities to be in correlation with LO and ECTS points of the course?
  • How to make sure that an online course is not just a repository of learning materials?
  • How to ensure effective communication with students in the online environment? What should be the ratio between synchronous and asynchronous communication?
  • What kind of audio and video resources can be used, and how many of them to add to the course?


Fabio Nascimbeni
EDEN Senior Fellow

Fabio Nascimbeni works as Assistant Professor on eLearning Innovation at the Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (UNIR), where holds the Telefonica Chair on Digital Society and Education. He is a Senior Fellow of the European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN), a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Education Working of the Open Knowledge Foundation, a fellow at the Centro de Estudos sobre Tecnologia e Sociedade of the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil and at the Nexa Centre of the Politecnico di Torino. He has been active in the field of learning innovation and ICT for learning since 1998, by designing and coordinating more than 50 research and innovation projects and promoting European and international collaboration in different areas, from school education to higher education, to lifelong learning, to ICT research. He has been working across Europe as well as in Latin America, the Caribbean, the South Mediterranean and South-East Asia. His main research interests are open education, learning innovation, digital literacy, social and digital inclusion.


Joyce Seitzinger
Learning Design Director, RMIT Online

Joyce is an advocate for learning experience design at scale as a tool for driving digital transformation in education with experience in the Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia. She has worked in corporate training as well as higher education. In 2014, she found Academic Tribe, a distributed network of education specialists who provide consultancy and services in learner experience design, social learning, gamification and open badges. Also, she is currently working as the Learning Design Director at RMIT Online. ‘With more than 20 years experience in designing blended and online learning experiences, I’ve been part of the online education industry as it has matured. I’ve seen what works, I’ve seen what doesn’t work, and I’ve seen the same mistakes made over and over again when learning design doesn’t happen in a multi-disciplinary team that combines subject matter expertise with digital pedagogy, design and production expertise.’

Gerald Evans
Head of Learning Design, Open University UK

Gerald is Head of Learning Design at The Open University UK, having previously worked as a Learning Designer and Project Manager for multiple online courses at the OU. He has an MBA and has Senior Fellow accreditation with Advance HE in the UK (SFHEA). He has presented internationally on collaborative learning, learning analytics and history of Learning Design at the OU. As a management and design practitioner in HE, Gerald has wide-ranging experience and knowledge of how to design for student engagement and apply student engagement research to practice.

Gilly Salmon
Academic Director at Online Education Services (OES)

Professor Gilly Salmon has been a learning innovator for more than 30 years and is one of the world’s leading thinkers in digital and blended learning. She researches and publishes widely on the themes of innovation and change in Higher Education and the exploitation of new technologies of all kinds in the service of learning. She is internationally renowned for her significant contributions to education futures, including research, innovation, programme design, teaching methods and the use of new technologies.