Educational Design

Educational Design

A current strategic goal of the University is “Providing an exceptional learning and student experience: Maximising success” (Goal 2: 2016-2020). The Educational Design Unit (ED) enable this goal through the provision of consultancy services for the development, enhancement, evaluation and sharing of good practice in learning and teaching.

ED works across faculties, adopting a distributed leadership and community of practice model. They work in partnership with academic staff and faculty teams to conceptualise, implement and evaluate approaches that enhance the learning experience of students. ED plays a pivotal role in the implementation of Strategic Curriculum Development (SCD), which incorporates a whole-of-curriculum approach to integrating good practice in learning and teaching including reflection, assessment literacy and capacity building in learning and teaching design.

By working closely with academic staff and faculty teams, ED facilitates the adoption of evidence-based pedagogical practice across face-to-face, hybrid and informal learning environments at UOW. Holistically, ED provide customised professional development opportunities for academic and professional staff integrating technologies into teaching and learning practices.

The ED team develops and maintains the Digital Learning and Teaching hub.

The hub provides a single point of access for staff to increase their understanding of the tools in the UOW Learning Platform, the pedagogy practices of technology enhanced learning tools, plus comprehensive guides on key tools.

To contact an Educational Design consultant, and find out how the service can support your teaching and learning team email:

The Team

If you would like to speak with an Educational Designer, please email the team at to arrange an appointment.

Chris Brewer | Educational Designer

Chris is an educational design consultant in LTC who collaborates with teaching teams to develop pedagogically sound, technology enhanced learner-centred course and subject design. She specialises in whole of course review and design, drawing on her wealth of experience in the higher education sector, UOW, and educational design to advise teaching staff on how to constructively align their courses, and implement innovative authentic, technology enhanced approaches into their subjects. Chris’ highlights at UOW include collaborating with the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) to develop and implement new course designs as part of the whole of course review (2015-17). She has co-authored a book chapter in psychology education and various papers on learning design in disciplines including health, engineering and earth and environmental sciences.

Chris has received two nominations for the Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL), the most recent in 2016 as part of the SEES course review team. Chris is a member of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE).


Sandra Humphrey | Educational Designer

Sandra collaborates on learning and teaching projects, supports and promotes good practice, and encourages learner-focused course and subject design. Sandra draws on her experience as an Educational Designer and workplace trainer in vocational and higher education to inspire innovative approaches and to craft solutions that are appropriate for the context. Sandra’s interests are curriculum development, authentic learning experiences, integrating technology in learning, peer and self-assessment and developing quality assessment and feedback. Sandra is a member of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)


Wendy Meyers | Educational Designer

Wendy is an educational design consultant in LTC who specialises in curriculum, subject and assessment design, particularly the integration of educational technologies that improve students learning outcomes. With over 20 years’ experience in education and training Wendy focuses on quality and equitable education. Wendy completed her research MEd in 2007 with a focus on educational technology and designing inclusive environments. Her experience includes teaching in High School, Distance Education, TAFE and University. She has extensive experience in learning designs that incorporate a range of education technologies including mobile learning, Moodle, Mahara ePortfolio, Adobe Connect, Echo 365 and blogs. Wendy's professional highlights at UOW include: contributing to university wide eLearning strategic planning; development and delivery of educational technology conferences; development and delivery of faculty eLearning professional development programs; developing effective evidence based eLearning solutions; research, evaluation and presentation of outcomes at conferences and peer-review of Journals. Wendy is a member of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE).


Last reviewed: 21 September, 2017