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Critique: Issues in Learning Design



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Have you heard how big data is bringing about changes in education and training? And how learners’ data are being protected – or not – when different learning platforms are used? In this microcredential you will examine current, historical and emerging issues in the field of learning design. You will research, design, and develop an ethically suitable and culturally appropriate infographic to educate learners as part of a solution to a specific issue, while critically reflecting on your own learning process.


About this microcredential

This microcredential will inspire you to think more creatively and critically about how to ensure your learning design practice is inclusive and accessible for all learners, now and in the future. You’ll begin with an exploration into ethical practice in learning design and examine the challenges faced as a learning designer. You’ll explore topics including ethical considerations in learning design, privacy concerns, appropriate collection and use of learner data, the importance of context and cultural sensitivity, and copyright.

The topics and approaches explored throughout the course will be put into action when you design appropriate learning experiences in your particular context. You’ll investigate examples of unethical learning design, as well as finding and reflecting on appropriate learning design from an ethical perspective.  

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential has been designed to:

  • Equip you with the skills to ethically analyse challenges and issues in the field of learning design
  • Enhance your practice with the latest thinking and approaches in learning design evaluation
  • Strengthen your ability to critique and evaluate culturally relevant pedagogies, learning materials and learning designs
  • Provide you with practical skills in learning design that can be applied in various industries.  

This microcredential aligns with the 3-credit point subject, Critique: Issues in Learning Design (010303) in the Graduate Certificate in Learning Design.

This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is aimed at professionals from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds who are involved in the development and facilitation of learning and education, including, but not limited to:

  • Learning designers
  • HR professionals
  • Instructional designers
  • Trainers
  • School teachers
  • Academics
  • PhD students.  


Full price: $1,484 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

This microcredential is comprised of six modules, delivered over six weeks. Each module features self-study materials, interactive activities such as quizzes, multimedia presentations, short video and audio recordings and peer critiques, as well as facilitated, online sessions. These weekly, optional live sessions provide an opportunity to apply the content to practical and authentic examples drawn from the workplace, with the course culminating in an industry led expression session.

The following content will be delivered during the course:

  • Module 1: Inclusion

Begin with an exploration of inclusion, and how it affects learning designers as well as how to embrace the principles of inclusivity as part of our design practice.

  • Module 2: Diversity

Rediscover your identity, as educators and instructors, the identities of the students we design for, diversity within pedagogy and curriculum and how to enact action and change.

  • Module 3: Privacy and copyright

Address one of the most challenging aspects of learning design - privacy and copyright. Examine licensing, open education and how to ensure that you remain compliant in your designs.

  • Module 4: Designing for accessibility

Learn how to design for diverse learners, recognise learner needs, the WCAG Guidelines and culturally relevant education.

  • Module 5: Socially just learning design

Examine what is meant by socially just learning design and how open education, UDL and social justice might inform learning design work.

  • Module 6: Expression session

Engage in a practical workshop hosted by an industry expert that combines the ideas, concepts and tools developed throughout the course and puts them into practice.

Course delivery

  • This microcredential includes weekly, optional online sessions facilitated by an expert UTS academic, supporting self-study and online learning activities
  • The optional live sessions focus on applying the course content to practical and authentic examples drawn from the workplace
  • Regular formative quizzes throughout the course allow participants to track their progress.  



Course learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this microcredential, you should be able to:

  • Examine the ethical challenges and issues that learning designers must navigate within the learning design field
  • Critique and evaluate learning materials from an ethical perspective
  • Construct learning designs and elements that are ethical and appropriate to their context
  • Reflect and evaluate own and others’ learning and practice
  • Apply effective communication skills and methods that are appropriate to the audience, context and purpose.  


Assessment task 1: Infographic (weight: 60%)

  • Research, design and develop an ethically suitable and culturally appropriate infographic to educate learners (length: 1600 x 800 pixels or similar).

Assessment task 2: Reflection and evaluation (weight: 40%)

  • Critically reflect on your learning development over the course, with reference to academic literature. You will consider what you have learned about ethical and culturally appropriate design and explain how you have integrated this into your practice as demonstrated in Assessment task 1. (length: 500 words).

Participants must complete and pass all assessment tasks in the course, in order to pass the microcredential.  


To complete this online microcredential, you will need access to a computer or device with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom.  

Contact us

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Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • 10% discount for UTS staff, alumni and students
  • 10% discount for group enrolments of 4 to 9 from the same organisation
  • 15% discount for group enrolments of 10 or more from the same organisation

See below for how to obtain your voucher code.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount voucher code (group enrolments)

Please contact the team at with details of group enrolments, to obtain your discount voucher code. Note that group enrolments will not be validated until the minimum number of criteria enrolments have been received.

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

Please contact the team at in order to secure your enrolment and 10% staff discount.

How to apply your discount voucher  

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number during checkout. If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
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