Instructional Design

The latest in the nghudson series of toolkits is now available to download from

The Instructional Design Toolkit available from

The Instructional Design Toolkit available from

The Instructional Design Toolkit complements the previous two kits in the series in that it deals with the next stage in the curriculum/course design process: Design & Delivery Strategy – Course Modelling – Instructional Design.

I know from over twenty years of experience that it is hard to find templates for very important documents such as Initial Design Concepts and particularly Design Briefs. Yes, if you look very hard in the right places only certain people seem to know, you will find the odd PDF file here and there but they vary widely in both suitability and quality. That is why I have produced the tools in this toolkit series, so that designers, in particular those involved in legal education, have ready-made, suitable and comprehensive templates with which to work.

This toolkit comprises the following documents that can be adapted to suit individual organisations or institutions:

  • Initial Design Concept Template
  • Design Brief Template
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy Action Verbs Table
  • Session Description Template
  • Task Template
  • Facilitation Guidance Template

Each of the templates has both Word and PDF versions. Guidance is given both on the instructional design process and the information required in order to complete fully working documents, saving you tremendous amounts of time and effort.

As with all the toolkits in this series, they have been designed to be self-contained, however, can provide workshops and support to help design teams get the most out of their use. Simply contact me through this blog or the nghudson website if you’d like details.

Course Modelling

Course modelling is the process by which a course designer maps out the teaching and learning methodology for a particular course or module. Astonishingly, it is often overlooked in the design process as instructional designers seek to shoe-horn the course content into the available sessions at the earliest opportunity. As a result, courses often end up putting content before learning experience which is deeply unsatisfying to learners, the very people who ought to be at the forefront of any course design.

I know for a fact that many legal education providers lack any definition of their teaching and learning methodology and this manifests itself in the absence of any modelling or prototyping of new courses before design begins. The result, a lot of wasted time and energy, lack of direction, no identification of potential pitfalls, and most importantly little consideration of the learning experience for the learners. My answer, a Course Modelling Toolkit, the latest in the toolkit series, which is now available to download from the eCommerce page

Course Modelling Toolkit available from

Course Modelling Toolkit available from

The toolkit contains:

Activity Planner
Module Map
Course Map
Course Map Spreadsheet
Pedagogy Profile Worksheet
Course Aspects Facilitation Cards

The tools can be adapted and branded to suit individual organisations/institutions. can provide half or full day workshops to facilitate the course modelling process and help design teams get their course design off to a great start. For those who wish to go it alone however, a step-by-step guide to the process and use of the tools is included in the toolkit.

Please contact me if you’d like any more details.

Legal Education News: the new online magazine

As you know, I’ve been publishing a legal education newsletter, The Legal Edlines, in 2 formats recently: a weekly version published via and a digital interactive supplement available through my website Both versions have proven popular but now there’s an improved version available.

As of this week, publication of The Legal Edlines will cease and it will be replaced with a brand new online magazine called Legal Education News which will be published with Flipboard.

Flipboard is a publishing platform that can be viewed through a desktop/laptop browser or across all your mobile devices via apps that are available for iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry. Flipboard will provide Legal Education News with a single place to discover, collect and share news that we care about. It will include articles available on the web, publications, social media and blogs connected to legal education, the topics that are closest to us and the people who work in that field.

Legal Education News

Legal Education News

Flipboard provides a beautiful magazine format that is easy to use and great to view. You can curate and share articles that appear in the magazine, ensuring that you and your colleagues are kept up to date with Legal Education News. View the very first issue by clicking on this link:

Legal Education News

Legal Education News will be updated as new stories develop so you will be able to keep up to date simply by hitting the refresh button on your internet browser or by subscribing to the magazine via the Flipboard app. And the best thing about it….it’s FREE!

I hope you read and enjoy it.

Long Live the Spirit of ’76!

Although I’ve worked and continue to work with institutions, corporate organisations and regulatory bodies, I’ve also long been an exponent of individuals seizing the means of production to create and share. I don’t see a conflict in that, in fact I see it as a healthy scenario of market forces at play, the ability of the little man to compete with the corporate giant.


In today’s world, technology has provided everyone with the tools to create, connect and contribute. There are parallels in my opinion with the music scene of the 1970s where huge, bloated, extravagant and self-indulgent bands were blown away by fresh-faced youths with attitude and energy. A DIY mentality was at the heart of Punk: “this is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band” That mentality spread to the means of production too. The Spiral Scratch EP, Rough Trade Records, Stiff, the fanzine ‘Sniffin’ Glue’, all examples of people prepared to do it themselves to great effect.

There is a rising tide of social learning sweeping the globe and it is unstoppable. It can’t be reversed (even if that was desirable), it can’t be ignored and it won’t go away. What we are seeing in education is a fight by the institutions to tame, contain and manipulate social learning (Coursera appoints new CEO), a struggle to deal with changing times and new attitudes. During this time there is an opportunity for innovative individuals, the EduPunks of today, to step in and exploit the space.

I’ve recently put together a Digital Design & Delivery Toolkit of my own comprising of (mostly free) digital tools, some commonly known some not so, that can be used in a learning design framework based on social, collaborative learning.

Digital Design & Delivery Toolkit available from

Digital Design & Delivery Toolkit available from

The purpose of this toolkit is not to set out all the tools on offer, that would be impossible, but to suggest some of those that are currently available and popular. Perhaps, more importantly, this toolkit will give designers, tutors and learners ideas about the methodology of using digital tools in teaching and learning, what they are and what they can do.

The skill of the designer is to use the tools to create something innovative and purposeful, the skill of the deliverer is to use the tools to facilitate learning and guided discovery. This is a digital tool, this is another, this is a third. Now create and learn!


Latest issue of The Legal Edlines is out now!

The latest issue of my newsletter, The Legal Edlines, is out now and available to down load free from my website

The Legal Edlines is a digital interactive newsletter bringing together all the latest news and developments in the field of higher education and legal education in particular.

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The Legal Edlines: an interactive digital newsletter for legal education practitioners

I’ve been working on a new version of The Legal Edlines, a weekly updating newsletter rounding-up the latest developments in legal education.

Up until now I’ve been using to source material and while it is very good at what it does, it is limited. It relies mainly on social media sites Twitter and Facebook plus RSS feeds which I find few people or organisations use effectively. I feel that there is a need for an updater that draws on a wider range of resources and that is why I’ve hit on the concept of an interactive digital newsletter aimed at the legal education practitioner and learner.

The prototype was produced yesterday and I’m aiming to release the first copy this coming Friday. Please watch out for it. If you’re a learner, designer, tutor or just plain interested in higher education and legal education in particular, I think you’ll find it useful and hopefully thought provoking. It forms part of a holistic package I’m designing centred on 21st Century social learning and the emergence of the digital designer/tutor/learner. I’m hopeful that with changes to legal education and the empowerment of like-minded people, this could be the start of something big. Who knows, for the adolescents of the 1970s who remember such things and the Edupunks amongst us, The Legal Edlines may be The Sniffin’ Glue of 21st Century legal education.