Advance your career at a recognised institution
Online and blended learning is increasingly dominating how we learn today – and so too is the demand for skilled individuals with the specific instructional and learning design knowledge needed to create effective learning environments.2
By bringing together the latest thinking in computing, design, the social sciences and education, this Online PGCert Design for Learning Environments will help you design better learning experiences and seize upon new career opportunities across multiple sectors.
Offering a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of online and offline learning design, this PGCert will give you the edge when it comes to progressing your career in this expanding field.
Your programme of study
Run by the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, our Online PGCert Design for Learning Environments certificate features expert lecturers and researchers from a range of disciplines, each bringing a unique perspective on learning environments to the curriculum.
Critically exploring aspects of instructional and learning design from design thinking to applied data science, this 60-credit programme is split into six core modules and takes a minimum of 12 months to complete.
Combining subjects as diverse as design, technology, education, social science, data science and digital development, this learning design certificate will help you develop the knowledge to build learning environments for a range of learning contexts. This makes it ideal for careers in education institutions, private learning specialists, in-house training teams and CPD providers.
As well as exploring classic and contemporary behavioural, social and cognitive approaches, you will also build digital artefacts and analyse data to enhance the learning experience. You’ll also understand how to tailor these experiences to different learners and to different environments, both digital and physical, to improve learning outcomes.
Programme outcomes include:
- Exploring the role of design, the processes involved and current theories and practices
- Developing a digital artefact and implementing it in a learning environment, drawing on new technologies
- Analysing data sets against key tools and frameworks to evaluate teaching and learning
- Assessing the strengths and weakness of contemporary learning perspectives
- Examining the learning environment from a social and technical perspective
- Communicating a design proposal and planning a learning environment
Did you know?
If you’re unable to commit to a full programme of study at this time, we also offer 8-week Design for Learning Environments short courses. Find out more about our online short courses.
Why choose the University of Birmingham for your PGCert?
- An interdisciplinary teaching team including designers, researchers, educationalists and technologists
- A world top-100 university1
- Leading UK provider of distance and blended learning
- Immersive online learning experience
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I start a programme?
There are three intakes per year. You can choose to join the learning design certificate programme in summer, autumn or spring. Request information to find out more about upcoming start dates.
What will my learning design certificate say?
You will graduate with a PGCert in Design for Learning Environments having further developed your skills in instructional design and 60 postgraduate credits. Your certificate will not specify that you studied the qualification online, as we make no distinction between our campus and distance learning programmes.
Are there specific times for online classes?
We have designed the programme to fit your busy schedule. Much of the work that you will carry out with tutors and fellow students will be asynchronous, with specific periods of time given to collaborate via email, discussion forums and video conferences. You’ll receive a timetable of your synchronous (live) sessions after you enrol.
What are the types of networking and collaboration opportunities?
Our online learning environment, Canvas, allows you to contact your peers and tutors, use discussion forums, connect with lecturers and take part in group work. It’s a highly interactive environment, designed to make you feel part of the learning community.
How will I be supported as an online student?
As well as learning from expert lecturers, you’ll have access to community boards, instant messaging services, live discussions and one-to-one support from a Student Services Coordinator. We also offer 24/7 technical support should you encounter any difficulties accessing the online platform.
Our online learning environment includes videos and interactive activities for you to learn from. You can also access the university’s online library, which includes e-textbooks, journal articles and specialist industry reports.
Request to find out more about the online student experience.
- World University Rankings (2022). QS Top Universities (accessed 07.12.2020).
- MATTHEWS, A. (2019) ‘Design as a Discipline for Postdigital Learning and Teaching: Bricolage and Actor-Network Theory’, Postdigital Science and Education, 1(2), pp. 413–426. doi:10.1007/s42438-019-00036-z.
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