Carpe Diem Comes of Age
It’s nearly 18 years since the concept of Carpe Diem learning design was born on a dark night in Glasgow…
The methodology is called ‘Carpe Diem’—meaning ‘seize the day’. Carpe Diem Learning Design was established around the year 2000 as a small Research and Development initiative using agile project development to design innovative student-centred courses whilst simultaneously and rapidly building academic staff confidence and capability. It actively and successfully promoted and encouraged team work, especially across faculty, technologists and librarians (Sputore et al., 2016).
From around 2005, Carpe Diem was built upon by a UK Higher Education Academy-funded project, ADELIE (Advanced Design for e-Learning Institutional Embedding). It was actively championed by adoptees in many countries and disciplines. The process has been highly effective in positively impacting on the experience of on-campus, blended, MOOCs, and distance and online learners and the staff who lead change and development (Salmon & Wright, 2014).