The OLDS MOOC "Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum" is a project based 9 week course. We expect 500-1000 participants, and we hope a large portion of these will be working on a group project throughout the MOOC, dedicating 3-10 hours a week to it, and producing an innovative, robust and meaningful design for a learning activity or curricular resource.
We aim to provide a semi-structured, highly interactive, constructive and collaborative learning experience. This means that we set the scene - but you determine the plot.
In order to make that work, we need to provide simple, effective, and powerful learning practices.
We will be using a range of tools to support these activities.The OLDS MOOC is project-based and collaborative. Each week, you will be presented with a sequence of tasks which you will undertake individually or in project teams. In most tasks, you will produce some artefacts and share them and comment on your peer’s productions. These will build up to your learning design project.
In order to collate and share your work, you will set up an individual portfolio and a team workspace. We suggest you use cloudworks as a platform for these, and will guide you in doing so, but you can use any platform you like.
You can complete this MOOC on your own, but we believe your experience will be much more fruitful if you have some friends for the journey. We strongly encourage you to form a local study circle. This could be based on your project team, a group of participants in your institution, or participants you identify as having similar interests or living nearby. You can use services such as http://www.meetup.com/ to set up your local study circle. Please list your circle at: http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2456 (or join an existing one).
As mentioned in the Research and Ethical use of data, we are conducting research and evaluation of the MOOC. We will use the discussions on the groups, the clouds and cloudscapes, the tweets and bibsonomy items, and any other public expressions we may find as research data. We will make an effort to annonymise the data, although it may sometimes be possible to track down the speakers from the content.