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Humanities eLearning Design (HeLD)

HeLD logoWhat is HeLD?

Humanities eLearning Design is a multi-staged process to support academic staff in the re-working of existing course units, and the development of new ones. Based on the tried and tested curriculum design model "Carpe Diem" it aims to:

Who is it for?

Course teams are encouraged to work together in a series of 2 hour workshops spread over a number of weeks. All those involved in the teaching of a unit should attend the sessions. You will also need some critical friends or "reality checkers" to work with you (we will advise you on this).

Individual academics who teach units by themselves may also be interested in the process and can also register their interest (see below).

Delivery method

There are 3 compulsory face-face elements: a pre-meeting, and 2 workshops (Aims & outcomes, and Storyboarding). There is an expectation that you will undertake some additional work outside of the workshops both on and onine. You may also need to arrange to attend additional training workshops to support the development of your course.

Participants will need to commit at least 15 hours to this process.


At the end of the process you will have:

We also hope that throughout the process you will engage in some degree of reflection on your own teaching and teaching development. This dimension of HeLD can help you map out your development to the HEA Professional Standards framework and will assist you to choose to pursue HEA accreditation.

Contact information

If you’re interested in engaging with Learning Design, either as a course team or individually please contact elearning@manchester.ac.uk with 'HeLD request' in the subject line.


HeLD flow chart


HeLD speech bubbleWhat do other people say?

"I was impressed by the breadth of coverage, the process and potential outcomes."

"Extremely useful and enjoyable course."

"It was like going into the unknown - I wasn't sure what to expect from the process before we started. I have found lots of elements from it very helpful though."

"It has helped me to view aspects of teaching and learning in a different light and see things which are already there but not utilised fully or as well as they could be, in addition to helping me design and think about new activities both online and face to face."

"I will make the blended learning elements a part of my planning for the classes at the first stages and through-out the courses. I have found a new attitude and approach to the whole idea and am keen to try it out now."

"I would highly recommend these workshops to my colleagues, and look forward to implementing the changes to the course with my colleagues. I have also found the workshops useful with regard to other courses I teach and will be able to transfer some ideas to these."

"I especially liked the format of the sessions, i.e. tailor made for my needs, and I was extremely impressed with the skills of the facilitators and how much they put into it. I felt very supported and listened to. I found the exchange on the subject of blended learning in general especially useful, rather than just learning new technical skills."


More information on the Carpe Diem process can be found in the ALT-J article "Building Institutional Capability in e-Learning Design".


Last Reviewed: April 2017