Using ABC to Design an Online Teaching Course for Open Online Educators


Dublin City University (DCU), Erasmus+ ABC to VLE project partner


How the ABC Learning Design Framework was used to design the #OpenTeach Professional Development course for Open Online Educators


Caitríona Ní Shé, Dr Orna Farrell, Dr James Bruton, Dr Eamon Costello, Samantha Trevaskis, Dr Enda Donlon, Sinéad Eccles

The Teaching Enhancement Unit team for this case study includes Dr Mark Glynn, Head of DCU Teaching Enhancement Unit and Clare Gormley, Academic Developer.


30 April 2020

Course Details:

Fully online CPD course run over two weeks, 450 participating educators

Course goals/learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate awareness of teaching and learning pedagogy associated with online learning

  • Facilitate online communication and discussion forums that engage students in learning

  • Create a supportive community of learners using online teaching pedagogy

  • Develop and facilitate online collaborative activities that support student learning

  • Design online teaching activities that encourage student participation and learning and reflect on personal learning from this activity

  • Use digital tools effectively to support online teaching