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Design for Learning Environments

University of Birmingham online

2 months
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Gain valuable digital skills and create effective learning experiences in any sector through 8-week, online courses in instructional and learning design.

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Build better learning spaces in weeks

The 8-week Design for Learning Environments short courses are a fast-track route for professionals keen to focus on one particular aspect of instructional and learning design – a market set to triple in growth between 2015 and 2025.2

Each course offers a cross-section of core skills and knowledge from design, technology, education, the social sciences, data science and digital development. Modules are led by academics and practitioners from education, computer science, theoretical physics and engineering. All are designers of learning environments and bring their own unique disciplinary perspectives to the programme.

With practical exercises and assessment, you can put new ideas and approaches to the test straight away when designing effective learning experiences in any setting – online, offline and blended.

These interdisciplinary skills and knowledge are attractive to employers in any sector involved in designing learning environments. By carrying out design activities and analysing existing designs, you will quickly build a portfolio of work to showcase your diverse expertise.

Enrolling in any of these courses will give you access to the same learning experiences as the full PGCert. The Design for Learning Environments short courses are also a great way to get a flavour of the PGCert, while allowing you to focus on the elements you need to support your career goals. If you choose to pursue all 60 credits of the PGCert later, any course credits you’ve earned will count towards the full qualification.

Current short courses in Design for Learning Environments: Each short course is focused on particular elements of the learning experience, helping you to develop the specific skills your need for your career.

Design and design thinking Learn about the role and skills of the designer, and examine the processes used to develop designs and designed artefacts that deliver user experiences in any learning environment.

Developing digital artefacts for learning Create your own digital artefacts for use in a learning environment, using a piece of contemporary technology.

Applied data science for learning environments Understand the fundamentals of data analysis using appropriate tools and frameworks to evaluate teaching and learning, and to report findings to a variety of audiences with the aim of understanding the effectiveness of learning environments.

Perspectives on learning Explore the different perspectives on how we learn and how to help others learn, evaluating the behavioural, cognitive, social, and networked perspectives on learning and approaches for application in your own learning environment.

Sociotechnical learning environments Analyse learning environments from the perspective of connecting the social, physical, and digital in networks of the human and non-human to challenge perspectives of online and offline learning.

Programme Structure

Programme curriculum
  • Drawing on real-world expertise from both lecturers and external experts, the programme covers topics from leadership and governance to partnership strategy and public policy. 
  • This broad range of subject matter ensures the programme is relevant to your day-to-day work.

Key programme outcomes

  • Understand public management and governance
  • Navigate managerial leadership and global governance
  • Apply individual strategies for public service career development
  • Implement theoretical knowledge through real-world scenarios
  • Deploy international perspectives on strategy and practice

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 2 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS

Other requirements

General requirements

Entry requirements:

  • At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent 3.0 GPA
  • Academic and professional qualifications or industrial experience are normally taken into account

International students:

  • With the exception of Graduate Diploma Students, applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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Design for Learning Environments
University of Birmingham online


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