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Carpe Diem. E-learning course design and embedding. 1. Key features. • Embedding e-learning activities into course design • Context-oriented, learner-focused • Planning for active and participative engagement

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Carpe diem

Carpe Diem

E-learning course design and embedding


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Key features

• Embedding e-learning activities into course design

• Context-oriented, learner-focused

• Planning for active and participative engagement

• Utilizing extended academic teams to include input from multiple stakeholders in course design, development and delivery

• Every Carpe Diem is different!


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Motives for adoption

• A need for context-sensitive academic team approaches was identified as a result of University of Cumbria’s Pathfinder project1

• Carpe Diem developed by University of Leicester as a result of an e-learning Pathfinder pilot project2

• Extended from Salmon’s 5 stage model3, a robust and well-tested model for e-learning





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course level benchmarking for e-learning


informal: blackboard site formal: ACPRs

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reflection reporting planning

e.g. new staff member; different module / course; new approaches or ideas

Where does Carpe Diem fit in?


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Carpe Diem – process

• Pre-meeting with the whole course team

• Two-day intensive Carpe Diem workshop

• Half day follow-up meeting

By the end of the process, course teams will have identified key e-learning intentions and will have developed substantial online learning activities to meet these needs.

The emphasis is on understanding the impact and potential of e-learning on pedagogy, not just an online repository.


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• Designing online learning activities

• Aims to engage the learner in collaborative and reciprocal construction of knowledge1

• Process within the two-day Carpe Diem workshop to design, develop and test e-tivities

• ‘Reality checker’ to evaluate the effectiveness of e-tivities

1 Mayes, T. & de Freitas, S. (2004) 'JISC e-learning models desk study. Stage 2: review of e-learning theories, frameworks and models' JISC [online] Available from: (accessed 16 September 2008)


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Embedding e-learning

• Development of action-plan by participants of the Carpe Diem two-day workshop

• Follow-up session provides an opportunity to report, reflect and evaluate progress

• Cyclical cascade – further workshops can be run for other modules and courses, or for new course team members


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