Bootcamp 2019

The Learning Design Bootcamp 2019 offered an intensive three months programme for UK Learning Technologists and academics  engaging in the design and development of a 15 or 30 credit module of their choice.

Why a Learning Design Bootcamp? 

The Learning Design Bootcamp aims to inspire and empower Learning Technologists, Learning Designers and academics from different disciplines to acquire a Learning Design mind-set, to communicate and connect with mentors and coaches, and finally to aspire for creating value and innovative Learning Design solutions for UK Higher Education institutions.

When did the programme start?

The Learning Design Bootcamp Call went out in March 2019. Four teams were selected from the following universities:

  • The University of Warwick
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University East London
  • Solent University

The teams were supported by mentors in the design and development of their modules following the CoDesigns Learning Design Framework.

The programme started in May 2019 and ended in July 2019.

What did the Bootcamp involve?

The Bootcamp started with an intensive day hosted by Dr Julie Voce – Head of Educational Technology, Learning Enhancement and Development at City, University of London in May 2019. During the Bootcamp, the teams designed and developed their modules supported remotely by their mentors with clear deadlines.

At the end of the Bootcamp, the teams attended a final day in which they presented their final designs, as well as the final module developed in their university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

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Tim Neumann, Lecturer in Education & Technology and head of the UCL Institute of Education’s Learning Technologies Unit, was invited as guest speaker. He delivered an inspiring lecture talking about the Learning Designer as a tool to enable sharing of and communication about designs.


Tim Neumann – Lecturer in Education & Technology and head of the UCL Institute of Education’s Learning Technologies Unit

He discussed how designs can be taken forward within an organisational context, for example in terms of QA and costs, without unnecessarily restricting the variety of teaching methods and design frameworks.


A panel of experts evaluated the final designs and developments and the best team received a prize.

The activities and experiences of the teams will be followed by the Bootcamp research committee members and documented. The findings after the Bootcamp will be shared at different Learning Technology forums including ALT-C 2019, ALT Online Winter Conference 2019, Advance HE, among others.

The teams are expected to provide feedback to the organising committee in relation to their involvement and experience in the programme.

The parallel research project will be governed by the ethics committee of one of the sponsor universities. Participants agreed to have their progress monitored and appraised, involving data collection, for the purposes detailed in the research ethics consent form to be provided at the beginning of the Bootcamp.

Who won the Learning Design Bootcamp 2019?

The team from Manchester Metropolitan University won the Learning Design Bootcamp 2019.


Eleanor Hannan and Steven Williams from MMU with Maria Toro-Troconis and Manuel Frutos-Perez receiving their award.

“The team showed a great level of engagement between the academics and the learning technologists and was a key strength in their presentation. The learning design aspects were clearly understood and demonstrated in the design of the module.”

Is the Bootcamp free? 

The Bootcamp is free. The teams need to cover their travelling and accommodation expenses. Student bursaries may be available depending on funding.

Bootcamp Organising Committee 2019

The Bootcamp Organising Committee 2019 consisted jointly of academics and Heads of Learning Technology from different UK universities and CEG Digital:

Dr Maria Toro-Troconis, SFHEA
Head of Academic Research and Quality
Cambridge Education Group Digital

Dr Julie Voice, FHEA
Head of Educational Technology
City, University of London

Santanu Vasant, SFHEA
Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
University of East London

Professor Manuel Frutos-Perez, PFHEA
Director of Business Development
Cambridge Education Group Digital

Jesse Alexander
Course Coordinator: Online MA and BA(Hons) Photography (Top Up)
Falmouth University


The Bootcamp Organising Committee is planning to launch the next Bootcamp in September 2019.


The Bootcamp will be hosted by our winning team from Manchester Metropolitan University. If you’re interested in receiving the Call 2020 via email, please drop us a line.

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