Design for Learning Workshops

How might we create the environment for students to be collaborative, creative and curious learners?

The Design for Learning Model has been developed as a wholistic approach to professional development, where teachers working collaboratively, form the ‘design team’. We re-imagining the role of teachers, from a technician delivering curriculum content, to becoming designers of learning environments.


Professional learning today must utilise “the same principles that determine effective student learning. . . collaborative, enquiry-focused, and addressing authentic professional problems” (OECD, 2018 ‘Teachers as designers of Learning Environments”)

Design for Learning Workshops

This suite of modules is aimed at equipping and supporting teachers to plan and implement future-focused approaches to learning. The modules are interactive and hands-on, employing professional learning principles which correlate with effective student learning: collaborative, hands-on, enquiry-focused, and address authentic professional problems.

Module 1: Design Principles: A shared vision for learning
Design Principles: Our shared vision for the learning environment.
Design Team: Teachers are designers
Output: “Learning is…”

Module 2: Empathy
Design Brief: Scope of the project
Empathy: Gaining an understanding of the present and future of today’s learners. How might we maximise the learning growth of every student, every year?
Output: Empathy mapping

Module 3: Engage
Capturing curiosity for the long haul
Creating the need-to-know. Developing authentic problems, with meaningful content for real audiences.
Output: Create engaging and inspiring big ideas, mountaintops and entry events

Module 4: Experiences
This scaffolding the learning design within an inquiry approach that supports differentiation, personalisation, student agency and passions.
Output: Create open-ended and deep learning rubrics to challenge and inspire

Module 5: Ecosystem – Systems and strategies in the learning space
Designing the cultural context to sustain the vision.
Teaching team: The practice and mind frame of the teacher toward future-focused learning is essential for its ongoing success.
Output: Articulating teacher roles, team-based collaboration and embedding systems

Module 6: Ecosystem – The Learning Environment
Designing the physical context to sustain the vision.
Identify affordances and opportunities and see how the space may be an enabler of future-focused learning.
Output: Designing a multi-modal learning environment for diversity and inclusion

Post workshop review: Small Data Mining
Review, refine and test effectiveness of the design process.

How? Workshops cover the key elements of the Learning Design Model. Each are 90 minutes in duration and can be offered:

Two days – 6x Modules

One day – 3x Modules

Flexibly to address identified priorities.

Who? The workshops are adaptable for intensives for change agents to whole staff development days

Then what? Follow up coaching for teaching teams or team leaders will help to embed innovative practices in your school or learning organisation.


  • Educators – teachers/teaching teams as designers of engaging learning
  • Leadership and Administrators – utilising the process to design engaging professional learning
  • Architects and Designers – understand the context of students and employ principles of learning design.

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We can identify your needs and work out a strategy.