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RADAR: New Learning Design Framework

What is a learning design framework?

A learning design framework provides a more structured learning experience for students, with an appropriate mix of activities and greater flexibility for students.

Why does Regent's need a learning design framework?

We're adopting a more active learning approach, by including challenge-based learning and collaboration, while moving away from the traditional lecture/seminar format based on the transmission of content. What does this mean for students? You'll be tackling real-world problems, case studies and role plays that prepare students for future leadership.  

Our new learning design framework is as effective for face-to-face classroom experiences as it is for online learning environments. We know our new framework will improve our students' learning experiences through greater structure in their learning and clarity about expected engagement.


The RADAR framework helps us design learning activities that provide a rich variety of content in easily digestible amounts – suitable for delivery in the classroom or online.

RADAR will be with us well beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, but will be highly relevant for our successful online delivery. The most successful online learning experiences are flexible, well-paced, designed with learning outcomes in mind, and mainly asynchronous.

Discussion and collaboration with teachers and peers is important to our students, and this can be achieved through asynchronous, as well as live activities. We will balance the need for live discussion with the challenges that many of our students face when required to access synchronous activities across different time zones, as well as recognising that active engagement is better achieved by increasing experiential learning. To ensure that our learning content is accessible when delivered across several modules simultaneously, we will keep webinars to a shorter length, avoid overly long synchronous activities, reduce the number of live sessions each week (ideally one per week per module) and record any live presentation/lecture content.


What does RADAR mean?

What will this framework be used for?

What are Learning Types and the 70:20:10 split?


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Toro-Troconis, M. et al. (2016). Course Design Sprint Framework (CoDesignS). Developed at the University of Liverpool.  

Toro-Troconis, M., Alexander, J. and Frutos-Perez, M. (2019), ‘Assessing Student Engagement in Online Programmes: Using Learning Design and Learning Analytics’. International Journal of Higher Education, 8 (6). ISSN 1927-6044