The role of educational design in tertiary education at Monash University, Australia

Raya Darcy

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Educational Design is a relatively new and exponentially expanding discipline in higher education. Monash University employs a large number of educational designers as part of its Better Learning Better Teaching agenda. As a relatively young discipline, however, Educational Design has not yet “settled” into a well-understood, formal structure. The ever-increasing use of technology in education has played an enormous role in this surge, however educational design is much more than showing educators how they might use technology more effectively in their teaching. An educational designer requires, as part of their role, a broad range of knowledge and skills, which often includes: personal
experience in academic research and teaching; exceptionally high-level skills in professional communication and negotiation; practical skills in educational technologies (including online learning management systems and multimedia platforms such as video capture); a basic understanding of web design; a thorough knowledge of university policy and academic administration; and a deep understanding of and passion for student-centred learning and teaching. Educational Design has moved from being largely understood as a “technical” role, to become a discrete academic discipline that requires ongoing research, in order to engage in debates and be part of the momentum driving innovation in higher education pedagogy. This paper will focus on the role of the educational designer in higher education in Australia, examining the challenges, expectations and innovations that this relatively new discipline brings to learning and teaching, in the context of the shifting technological and
social expectations about higher education in a rapidly changing world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICERI 2017 Conference
Subtitle of host publication16th-18th November 2017, Seville, Spain
EditorsL. Gomez Chova, A. Lopez Martinez, I. Candel Torres
PublisherIATED Academy
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9788469796577
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Conference of Education, Research and Innovation 2017 - Seville, Spain
Duration: 16 Nov 201718 Nov 2017
Conference number: 10th


ConferenceInternational Conference of Education, Research and Innovation 2017
Abbreviated titleiCERi 2017

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