The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is a Commonwealth Government agency delivering a range of learning experiences including full-time Bachelor and Master of Arts courses and short courses. I was employed full-time at AFTRS for two years. My main task was to design, develop and support delivery of a range of short courses, specifically online Moodle components for Industry Certificates, 12-week blended courses with a vocational focus. (AFTRS Industry Certificates are practical and outcome focussed non-award courses. The curriculum is informed and validated by Industry Advisory Panels and mapped to media industry roles and skills requirements.)


As Instructional Designer, I collaborated with film, television, radio and digital industry practitioners, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), teachers and other stakeholders from various agencies to analyse/confirm the learning requirements, design/confirm the course scope, content, format, learning approach, curriculum details, and assessment. Other significant tasks included Moodle course development within very tight timeframes and ongoing, just-in-time professional development of course facilitators (eg those new to teaching and/or online delivery). MP_AFTRSI supported industry practitioners with critical selection and development of course content, including lesson plans for online and face-to-face lessons, assessment rubrics and further support related to day-to-day delivery of courses. Various 2020 tasks specifically addressed emerging protocols in response to COVID-19. Additionally, I contributed specific teaching, advice and professional development in areas including optimal practice for online delivery, learning design, digital pedagogy, elearning and options/protocols for transitioning face-to-face courses to blended and online.

The final short courses were successfully delivered to students both face-to-face (on-campus at Moore Park, Sydney) and online across Australia. Courses included Digital Producer, Production Accounting, Production Management (Scripted TV), Production Management (Unscripted TV), Writing a TV Series (Online), Script Assessment, Mobile Content Creation, TV Shooter-producer, Colour Grading and Radio Producer (among others).

The following professional development video briefly outlines the process of collaborating with an industry practitioner to produce Industry Certificate: Digital Producer.

The following professional development video outlines some broad insights related to collaborating with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).

Instructional Design & Media Production

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