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Designing Learning Innovation

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The designing culture fertilizing Learning Innovation

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Course description

Where to start to innovate your teaching? But before that, what does it mean to innovate in the classroom? Designing Learning Innovation aims to put the designing culture at the service of learning innovation, supporting those who do not have a specific pedagogical background and those who wish to learn the basic tools of a good teaching design then to continue exploring the frontiers of innovation.

A set of logical and methodological tools to innovate teaching, finding the most suitable approaches with one’s own vision of the teaching-learning experience.


If you actively participate in this course, at the end you will be able to:

  • Use basic theoretical-methodological tools (such as Constructive Alignment and the Learning Innovation Network) to enhance teaching coherence between learning objectives, assessment methods and learning experiences;
  • apply pedagogical frameworks of the active learning methodology to the design either an individual teaching module or an entire teaching path;
  • evaluate advantages and disadvantages, in the field of your own teachings, of traditional evaluation approaches compared to the new assessment strategies, in particular those oriented to the formative evaluation;
  • apply simple strategies for managing the active class in small, medium and large classrooms;
  • designing and producing quality teaching materials also enhancing the availability of “Open Educational Resources”.

You can access the course absolutely free of charge and completely online.

The course materials will still be available to all registered users, even after the closing of the edition.

Further editions of this course will be activated each academic year.


No prerequisite knowledge is required.

The course is mainly for university teachers, but it can be stimulating for all the teachers who have an interest in innovating their teaching processes.

The MOOC-BOOK: materials and activities

The MOOC is realized in a strongly integrated way with the book "Designing Learning Innovation" that will soon be published by Pearson (the english version will be the translation of the italian one already published).

In the course you will find video lessons and downloadable infographic articulated as in the book. You will also encounter different types of activities (Online and in-presence meetings, Discussions in the Forum, Peer Evaluation, Collaborative Review of Online Resources and so on), which will contribute to make your experience richer and more complete.

Discussion forum

The course aims to offer an opportunity for an active reflection and confrontation with other participants. The set of activities proposed finds its point of valorization and sharing in the Forum. Thanks to the Forum you will be able to confront with other participants, deepen some aspects and resolve any doubts.

Quizzes and scores

In the course there are graded and not graded quizzes.

You will find evaluated quizzes (Final Take Away Quiz) at the end of each week and the score you got in each of them will be used to obtain the Certificate of Accomplishment.

As you proceed along the proposed learning path you will also find other quizzes that are not evaluated. They contribute to enrich, together with the activities planned in the course, your learning experience, consolidating the main topics and helping you to reflect on particular aspects (Take Away Quiz, Anticipation Test, Previous Knowledge Test, etc.).

The individual activities and the discussions are optional and do not contribute to the score necessary to obtain the Certificate of Accomplishment, but if you decide to actively participate, your experience will be enriched.

Certificate of Accomplishment

The Certificate of Accomplishment will be released to anyone who successfully completes the course by answering correctly to at least 60% of the questions of the Final Take Away Quizzes by the end of the edition. You will be able to download the Certificate of Accomplishment directly on the website.

Once you have successfully passed the course, you can request the Certificate of Accomplishment without waiting for the end of the edition.

The Certificate of Accomplishment does not confer any academic credit, grade or degree.


For further information, see FAQ page.

Course Faculty

Susanna Sancassani

Susanna Sancassani

Susanna Sancassani is the Managing director of METID (Methods and Innovative Technologies for Learning) at the POLITECNICO DI MILANO where she was professor in the PhD course of “Innovative teaching skills”, “Progettazione multimediale”, “Progettazione di servizi multimediali” and “Progettazione e sviluppo di corsi di e-learning”. She is a member of the scientific committee of SieL (Italian scientific society for e-learning) and coordinator of the table "Digital ecosystems for learning innovation" of CRUI. She is in charge of teacher training on learning innovation at the Politecnico di Milano. In collaboration with other colleagues at the Politecnico, has published “Costruire servizi digitali” (Milan, Apogeo, 2003) “Il bit e la tartaruga” (Milan Apogeo, 2004) and, with Federica Brambilla and Paolo Marenghi, “e-Collaboration: il senso della Rete” (Milan, Apogeo 2011).

Federica Brambilla

Federica Brambilla

Federica Brambilla, graduated in Educational Sciences, she has worked in the field of traditional training and has been a teacher in the Laboratory “Costruzione e conduzione dell’intervista e del focus group” at the University of Milan Bicocca. She has been working at METID since 2004 first as coordinator of the educational area and then as program manager. She is mainly involved in the design of learning innovation in the university context.

Daniela Casiraghi

Daniela Casiraghi

Daniela Casiraghi, graduated in Industrial Design, she has been working with METID since 2002 first as interaction and instructional designer and then as project manager. She is mainly involved in the design of learning didactic interventions in multidisciplinary and international contexts, with both public and private partnerships.

Paolo Marenghi

Paolo Marenghi

Paolo Marenghi, graduated in Biomedical Engineering, he worked on computer aids and alternative hardware interfaces. He has been working at METID since 2001 first as content manager and then as Process Coordination Manager, taking care of the programming and management of the design and development activities for digital learning.

Instructional designer

Valeria Baldoni

Valeria Baldoni

Valeria Baldoni, graduated in Communication Theory and Technology at the University of Milan Bicocca, she has been working with METID since 2016 and is mainly involved in visual design, editorial graphics, communication for learning innovation and lately also manages the production of MOOCs. In this MOOC she oversaw the design of the visual contents of the course and coordinated its realization.

Nicoletta Trentinaglia

Nicoletta Trentinaglia

Nicoletta Trentinaglia, graduated in Educational Sciences, she has been working with METID since 2007 as Project Manager, dealing with innovative education projects, digital learning, e-collaboration and knowledge sharing both nationally and internationally. She oversaw the design of the course and coordinated its realization.

Course credits

Shooting, post-production, scenography: Daniele Albricci, Giorgio Bordiga, Luca Tantimonaco.
Coordinated graphics, diagrams and infographics: Valeria Baldoni, Bianca Santolini, Sara Sacchetto.
Platform and community management: Davide Mezzera, Valeria Baudo, Lia Navarotto.

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  1. Classes Start

    Sep 30, 2020
  2. Classes End

    Jul 18, 2021
  3. Length

    6 weeks
  4. Estimated Effort

    3-4 hours/week
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