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Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Design and Technology

Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Design and Technology

Duration: 1 Year

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Cost: KES 110,000 per year

Mode of Delivery: Online

Application Due: Open

Fee Structure and Payment



The Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Design and Technology (PGDLD&T) is an academically enriching voyage aimed at nurturing astute professionals who will excel in crafting, implementing, and deploying innovative learning and performance solutions in the digital realm. Upon completion of this program, learners will have honed the following competencies:

  • Apply pedagogical design principles and cutting-edge learning theories to proficiently develop, execute, and deploy effective learning and performance solutions.
  • Undertake rigorous investigations into technology-enhanced strategies, harnessing a diverse array of information sources to bolster the delivery of impactful learning experiences.
  • Plan and methodically assess technology-facilitated learning endeavors, leveraging foundational principles, theories, and empirical research to fuel continuous enhancement.
  • Meticulously select and adeptly utilize a plethora of digital technologies and methodologies to optimize learning and performance solutions.
  • Champion the transformation of online pedagogy through strategic leadership grounded in unwavering professional values. 

Inspiring Excellence in Learning Design & Technology

The PGDLD&T program is an inspiring intellectual expedition designed to cultivate a cadre of professionals proficient in crafting and executing effective learning experiences across digital platforms. Our vision is to empower graduates to become champions of innovative learning and performance solutions in their respective professional milieus, advocating for excellence and leading the charge towards transformative pedagogy.

Career Prospects in Learning Design & Technology

Graduates of this program are well-equipped to explore a plethora of promising career avenues, including but not limited to:

  • Instructional Designer
  • E-Learning Developer
  • Educational Technology Specialist
  • Learning Management System (LMS) Administrator
  • Digital Curriculum Developer
  • EdTech Consultant

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Programme Structure

Programme Learning Outcomes

By the end of this programme, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply learning design principles and theories to the development, implementation and deployment of learning and performance solutions.
  2. Investigate technology-enhanced strategies using a variety of information sources to support learning delivery.
  3. Plan and evaluate technology-enabled learning experiences by applying principles, theories, and research for continuous improvement.
  4. Select and use a variety of digital technologies and techniques to learning and performance solutions.
  5. Contribute to the transformation of online pedagogy through strategic leadership and professional values.

Total credit hours and course units required for graduation

Total credit hours and course units required for graduation The programme shall be offered in 8 semesters. The minimum total courses for the programme are 48. The minimum total course credit hours required for graduation is 144 hours.


Admission Requirements

A candidate must satisfy the general University admission criteria for undergraduate programmes.

  • A bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by Senate  OR
  • Any other qualifications that may be determined by senate recognizing prior learning leading to equivalents of the identified criteria, experience and skills of learners.

Regulations on Credit Accumulation and Transfer

Credit Accumulation

Regulations on credit accumulation, including possible pathways, shall be in line with the provisions of Universities Regulations, Universities Standards and Guidelines, and general national trends.

Credit Transfer

A candidate may be allowed to transfer credits from part or all of the coursework requirements if the senate is satisfied that the candidate has completed and passed the prescribed courses(s) at the undergraduate level from accredited institutions and programs recognized by the senate. Any course considered for credit transfer must have been completed at an equivalent level and in an equivalent institution, with a minimum grade of 50%.

Guidelines For Transfer Of Credit/ Exemptions

A candidate may be exempted from degree level courses if the Senate is satisfied that the candidate has completed a similar course at the Diploma level from a recognized institution. The general rules governing credit transfers and exemptions will apply. In addition, the following rules apply:

  1. Must meet the requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Data Science program.
  2. Must obtain and submit an official transcript from the previous university/college indicating academic status, courses offered, credits units completed, and grades obtained.
  3. Will be allowed to transfer/exempt credits earned from the courses described, but only up to 49%.
  4. If permitted to transfer/exempt, he/she will not be permitted to transfer units in courses in which he/she received a pass mark of less than 50%.
  5. All applications must be accompanied by recommendations from the institution from which he or she is transferring.
  6. The school will evaluate the application and make recommendations to the Sen- ate.

Student Assessment Levels

Student Assessment at programme level

The course will be assessed through:

  1. Content embedded quizzes
  2. Online practical work
  3. Open book tests
  4. Project reports
  5. End of course online examination

The projects will be assessed through e- portfolios. Students will present their work to an evaluation panel. All students’ work will be checked for plagiarism. The students should be logged in with the university provided login details in order to carry out any task.

Countinous Assessment

Tests/Tasks: 50%

Examination 50%

Programme Courses

Foundations of Learning Design and Technology eLearning Design and Development
Psychology of Learning and Instruction  Integrating Technology Into the Curriculum
Trends and Topics in Learning Design  Designing Performance Support Solutions
IEducation Research  Leadership and Project Management for Learning Design
Assessment and Evaluation in E-learning Online and Virtual Learning Environments
Designing Effective Communication  Capstone Project
Designing Effective Online Facilitation Information Skills, Content Literacy and Intellectual Property


The Open University of Kenya (OUK) is a virtual learning institution deeply committed to advancing education and driving socio-economic growth within Kenya and beyond. Access to higher education has remained a major challenge in Kenya and this has disadvantaged citizens who seek to improve their knowledge, upscale skills and for posterity. Experts have noted that increasing the number of educational institutions so as to match the rate of population growth is an extremely difficult if not impossible solution especially when financial and other resource constraints are considered. Open and Distance Learning approaches, coupled with innovative ICT solutions, have proofed viable alternatives to providing excellent education to millions of people located wherever and whenever by different life circumstances.