The OU learning design project

The following presentation from a recent seminar at Nottingham gives an overview of the ratinale and focus for the Learning Design project we are doing at the OU.

Essentially the overarching focus is: “How can we help designers create better learning activities which are pedagogically sound and make effective use of technologies?” The sub questions are a) how can we capture and represent practice? and b) how do we scaffold the design process?

The slides give more background and detail but in summary some of our current activities include:
1. Adaptation of Compendium for learning design, including integration of contextual help facilities
2. Articulation of the different ways learning actvities can be represented (forms of representation) and the pros and cons of each
3. Interviews to better understand how people currently go about design
4. Focus groups/workshops iteratively feeding back progress and testing out prototypes of what we are doing
5. In-depth course evaluations - following two or three courses in detail over a period of months to understand how and when the course team thinks about design
6. Proof of concept of rending learning activity representations into our VLE, Moodle
7. Thinking through harnessing the best of web 2.0 for learning design - can we use this as a way of generating sustainability user generated growing resource base of learning activities - ‘Here are my five great learning activities’, ‘here are five others have produced I really like’, ‘Here are ones i am looking for’. See also Martin’s post Learning design as aspirin for the web 2.0 headache and the idea of flickr for learning design.

It’s very challenging but exciting work and great to be working as part of such a fantastic team with a real breadth of expertise in this area. People currently involved include Martin Weller, Andrew Brasher, Simon Cross, Stewart Nixon and Paul Clark.

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