ABC Curriculum Design Workshop

Activity Blended Curriculum (ABC)

The ABC workshop was originally created by UCL. We have taken this popular workshop and adapted it to work with the academics at the University of Lincoln.

This workshop is designed to be an effective and engaging hands-on workshop that has now been trialled with great success over a range of programmes. In just 90 minutes, using a card format, teams are able to work together to create a visual ‘storyboard’ outlining the type and sequence of learning activities (both online and offline) required to meet the module’s learning outcomes. ABC is particularly useful for new programmes or those changing to an online or more blended format.

What do our Academics say about the ABC workshop?

We have so far run several workshops with academics across various programmes. When asked what they liked about the workshop they replied:

“Full of energy, clear and productive “

“Presented so well by an excellent communicator. Useful content I will use to plan my new module”

“Pace and support, plus being innovative with enthusiastic facilitation “

“It was very interesting and entertaining. The presenter was very engaging and friendly”

“Engaging and productive”

If you would like to book a workshop for your programme/module teams then please contact

More information on how the workshop runs can be found here

The learning design recipes provide real examples of academic teaching practice within the University and are shared here to inform and inspire practical digital solutions to pedagogical challenges.

The recipes offer teaching, learning and assessment activities under the categories of Acquisition, Investigation, Discussion, Collaboration, Production and Practice, showcasing examples from different Colleges throughout the University.  We use these cards inside of the ABC workshop to help support development of new digital approaches. 

What do you need for the ABC workshop?

For this workshop to run effectively it requires:

  • Module teams to be grouped together, discussion is a key part of the workshop so it works more effectively when placed into groups.
  • The key requirements/descriptors of the course available. To maximise time it is helpful to have read these requirements/descriptors before the workshop.
  • Tables and chairs
  • Two hours time blocked out to ensure smooth facilitation between activities.

All other material will be provided by the facilitator. We have provided access to these materials below.


Download – Learning Type Cards    (Six complete sets per module group on average – Spares are usually required)

The six learning type cards are a theory that was created by Diana Laurillard.

Collaboration – Learning through collaboration embraces mainly discussion, practice and production. Building on investigations and acquisition it is about taking part in the process of knowledge building itself

Acquisition – Learning through acquisition is what learners are doing when they are listening to a lecture or podcast, reading from books or websites, and watching demos or videos

Discussion – Learning through discussion requires the learner to articulate their ideas and questions and to challenge and respond to the ideas and questions from the teacher, and/or from their peers.

Investigation – Learning through investigation guides the learner to explore, compare and critique the texts, documents and resources that reflect the concepts and ideas being taught.

Practice – Learning through practice enables the learner to adapt their actions to the task goal and use the feedback to improve their next action. Feedback may come from self-reflection, peers, teachers or from the activity itself, if it shows them how to improve the result of their action in relation to the goal.

Production – Learning through production is the way the teacher motivates the learner to consolidate what they have learned, by articulating their current conceptual understanding how they used it in practice.

Download – Learner Timeline (A1)               (1 per group)

This sheet is used to place the cards on and organise your learning. It must be printed in A1.

Download Module Evaluation   (1 per module group)

This sheet helps give an overview of either a new module or can help you to evaluate and review a module. It includes a short summary of the learning involved, in the form of a tweet, a graph to help analyse what learning types are currently being used and a graph to help indicate if your courses focuses more on face to face or online interactions.

Download – Suggest Learning Type Activities (1 per module group)

To support you with the workshop we have provided a list of suggested activities for each learning type. The activities are also marked whether the activity is suitable for assessment.

Download – Action plan  (1 per module group)

The action plan helps to develop the plan into a real module and can be used by assigning roles and tasks to certain key members of the module group.

Download – Facilitation guide (1 per module group)

This guide breaks down the workshop into the simple activities. It shows an explanation and the time that should be spent on each.