National Institute for Digital Learning

Digital Learning Design Unit

The Digital Learning Design Unit (DLDU) was established at Dublin City University (DCU) in July 2020 in response to the challenge of delivering hybrid learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It reports to the Dean of Teaching and Learning and is affiliated with DCU's National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL). 

The Unit provides learning design services to DCU teaching staff with a strong focus on quality enhancements to the use of Loop in modules and programmes. Our team consists of ten experienced digital learning designers who have both the technical skills and learning design knowledge to support DCU staff to develop rich and engaging learning environments for their students.

Creating a positive student experience is at the heart of the DLDU approach to online, hybrid and blended learning design. Our agile LDX methodology focuses on the learning EXPERIENCE and is grounded in an approach drawing on three core pillars:

      • DCU's Hybrid Learning Policy;

      • ABC Learning Design Framework;

      • Universal Design for Learning.

Our services range from individual design consultations to constructive module reviews leading to enhancement plans and to support for the design, development and delivery of new modules or programmes.

Access to our services can be arranged through Faculty Associate Deans for Teaching and Learning or by contacting the DLDU coordinator: 

      • Dr. Orna Farrell (