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Online learning takes many activities previously facilitated on campus in a classroom, laboratory, studio space, workshop, or in group learning spaces, such as the library, into the digital learning environment (DLE). 

Many programmes have increasingly used a blended approach of campus-based and digital learning (Lederman, 2020). However, COVID19 rapidly accelerated the shift from physical to entirely digital learning spaces (Tesar, 2020:556). This shift requires use of a full set of digital tools that enable whole programmes to be taught online. 

The resources on this page are designed to help you consider critical factors as you re-engineer (Abel, 2005) programmes for the online or blended environment. The resources offer practical tips, suggestions, and guidelines to underpin the pedagogic development of your blended and online learning offer.

ABC curriculum design process

ABC (Arena, Blended, Connected) curriculum design, created by UCL Digital Education, is a process by which module teams work together to create a visual ‘storyboard’ outlining the type and sequence of learning activities (both online and offline) required to meet module learning outcomes. This can help to move learning that would normally take place in a classroom into an online environment. At Plymouth, you can undertake a digitised ABC at your own pace and get dedicated support from Educational Development and Digital Education.



Abel, R. (2005). " Implementing Best Practices in Online Learning." Educause Quarterly 28(3): 75-77.

Lederman, D. (2020) Will Shift to Remote Teaching Be Boon or Bane for Online Learning? Inside Higher Ed 

Tesar, M. (2020). "Towards a Post-Covid-19 ‘New Normality?’: Physical and Social Distancing, the Move to Online and Higher Education." Policy Futures in Education 18(5): 556-559.