of free, high-quality learning resources challenge the role of educators as
conveyors of knowledge, while the breath-taking speed of technology
development, and human knowledge in general, accentuates the role of educators
as designers of experiences which enable effective learning - educators as
learning designers. This shift in the
perception of educational practice raises some difficult questions regarding
the ways by which quality learning designs are created, validated, and shared.
questions will be explored by the first Open
Learning Design Studio Massive Open Online Course (OLDS MOOC) "Learning
Design for a 21st Century Curriculum" (www.olds.ac.uk),
a free and open nine week course led by the Open
University’s Institute of Educational Technology, in partnership with Goldsmiths
University, University of Greenwich, Heriot-Watt University, University of
Leicester, University of London (Centre for Distance Education and London
Knowledge Lab at the Institute of Education) and the University of Oxford.
The structure of the MOOC reflects a proposed process for a design
inquiry project. In such a process, designers identify a (learning/curriculum)
design challenge, explore it to gain an understanding of its context and
driving forces, generate possible solutions, implement a solution and reflect
on the process as a whole and its outputs.
We are delighted to announce that a live launch event of the OLDS MOOC
will be held on Monday 7th January 2013 at 4:00 pm GMT online via a live
webcast stream and will last approximately 90 minutes.
It will be broadcast live via Cloudworks at http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2481 and online viewers will be able to post comments and
ask questions (if they have registered for Cloudworks).
The launch is open to all, and we especially look forward to welcoming
The event will include a presentation of the MOOC themes, its
pedagogical approach and modes of participation, and a brief overview of the
weekly activities. This will be followed by an open discussion. The event will be recorded and available afterwards
for replay during week 1 of the course.
In addition, some of the project partners are holding face-to-face
events where those who attend will watch the launch event together:
For details regarding these local face-to-face events, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. These events are optional and space limited.