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27 – 29, 2024

Pre-Conference Workshop A5

Applying and Translating Learning Design and Analytics Approaches in your Institution

Date Wednesday, Nov 23  Time   –    Room Check   Price: free of charge   Status: fully booked

Workshop leader

OEB speaker Bart Rienties

Bart Rienties

Professor of Learning Analytics, Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK, United Kingdom


OEB speaker Igor Balaban

Igor Balaban

Vice-Dean for Science, International Cooperation and Projects, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics

OEB speaker Blazenka Divjak

Blazenka Divjak

Full Professor, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics, Croatia

OEB speaker Darko Grabar

Darko Grabar

Head of Software Development Center at Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb, Croatia

This interactive workshop delivered by the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organisation and Informatics (UZ) and the Open University UK (OU) will build on two large-scale implementations of learning design and learning analytics, and how you could potentially implement similar approaches in your institution.

The OU has been implementing learning design for over 15 years as a structured design, specification, and review process for blended and online courses. The learning design is focused on "what students do" as part of their learning, rather than on "what teachers do" or on what will be taught.

Building on this work, UZ has recently developed the Balanced Design Planning (BDP) tool specifically for educators working in hybrid and blended contexts. The tool is more focussed on intended learning outcomes and automated learning analytics and is currently developed and tested with 60+ practitioners from ten institutions at nine countries as part of three European projects (eDesk, Teach4EDU, and RAPIDE), and is publicly available for other institutions to use for free.

It has been shown by studies conducted by OU and UZ that when these learning design (LD) approaches are used, they help educators to make real-time informed decisions based on learning analytics (LA) and improve the predictive modelling of student behaviour.

Beyond the direct impact of learning design on how the OU and UZ and its 7000+ academics and educators use learning analytics on a daily basis, the LD approach has been used by 2000+ university educators over a dozen countries, including Belarus, China, EU countries, Kenya, South Africa, and the UK.


  • Develop your own learning design and learning analytics approaches and/or to work with other educators to design a joint course and share it with other peers/students based on hands-on experiences with the Balanced Design Planning tool.
  • Use lessons learned from both approaches from a range of European institutions in your own teaching and learning practices.
  • Apply and translate these learning design and learning analytics approaches into your own institution based on provided good practices and use of the LD and LA concepts and tools.


In this session we will aim to provide the following structure, roughly one hour each:

  • 14:00-15:00: Evidence-based principles of learning design and learning analytics and how to implement them in your institution
  • 15:00-16:00: Hands-on working with the Balanced Design Planning tool to design your own course/qualification or to collaboratively work with others on learning design and share the design with students
  • 16:00-17:00 How to implement learning design and learning analytics effectively in your institution and/or in your practice as an educator


  • HE educators who teach in blended, hybrid and online settings
  • HE instructional designers/learning designers
  • HE managers and decision makers HE leaders

Level: intermediate (i.e., you need to have worked in HE for several years, but you do not need any learning analytics experience)