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ABC Learning design


ABC Learning Design @ UCL

storyboard of student journey

This is the UCL site for ABC learning design. The Erasmus+ project site can be found at Erasmus+ ABC to VLE: beyond curriculum design .


The ABC model has been widely used across UCL (and the sector) in the format of the ABC workshop, developed by UCL Digital Education.

During the ‘classic’ high-energy 90 minute ABC workshop, academic teams work together to create a visual ‘storyboard’ showing the type and sequence learning activities required to meet the module’s learning outcomes, and how these will be assessed. Over 1000 UCL colleagues participated in live ABC workshops since we started in 2015 and they report the format to be particularly useful for new programmes or those moving to an online or more blended format.

ABC and COVID-19

Although live workshops are not currently possible, ‘learning types’ has proved a practical and quick framework to help academic teams consider how to move learning activities online.  The ABC team are currently developing an online version of ABC to be run though MS Teams or Blackboard Collaborate. UCL colleagues, if you wish to arrange an online ABC session for your programme, please contact Digital Education at digi-ed@ucl.ac.uk.

Ideas for moving learning online

How to use learning types  to help redesign (with reference to UCL Moodle)

General ideas on how to use Moodle at UCL

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New to ABC?

Watch this a short video introducing the live workshop (4 minutes).

Clive Young and Nataša Perović, Digital Education, UCL, 2020

All ABC resources are released under Creative Commons
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