Learning Design And The Ou


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A look at the learning design project at the Open University, given at the LAMS 07 conference.

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Learning Design And The Ou

  1. 1. The Open University Learning Design Project Martin Weller and Gr à inne Conole
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>The OU LD project </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Compendium </li></ul><ul><li>Where next? </li></ul><ul><li>Some LD issues </li></ul>
  3. 3. The OU LD experience SLED Dialog Plus Moodle LAMS Case studies OU LD Project
  4. 4. What do we want to do? <ul><li>Help OU academics design activities using new technologies </li></ul>Need to: capture practice scaffold design
  5. 5. User requirements <ul><li>A range of case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Information about the technologies available </li></ul><ul><li>How these could be used effectively in courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance through the process of creating learning activities. </li></ul><ul><li>A range of further resources and named contacts </li></ul>Pedagogy Technology
  6. 6. Case studies <ul><li>Focus on pedagogy and new technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Hour long interviews, transcribed. </li></ul><ul><li>Differences between disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>More presentation effort </li></ul>
  7. 7. OU case studies 44 Total 1 Reflective practice for tutors 1 Podcasting (by students) 1 ‘ near – synchronous’ collaborative group project 1 Synchronous audio based collaborative learning 1 Problem based learning 4 Resource based learning 3 Group project 3 ePortfolio (Journal) 7 Asynchronous discussion based collaborative learning 4 Interactive assessment 1 Online tutorials (for global presentation) 2 Online residential 2 Online icebreaker 1 Wiki based dialogue 3 Wiki group project 9 Multimedia simulation/ modelling/ case study
  8. 8. Compendium <ul><li>OU open source tool </li></ul><ul><li>Extendable and we have knowledge of it </li></ul><ul><li>Allowed quick prototype </li></ul><ul><li>Demo </li></ul>
  9. 9. Feedback <ul><li>easy to use and groups quickly created learning activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Using the tool in a group helped users reach consensus </li></ul><ul><li>Different granularities of use </li></ul><ul><li>The process helped surface hitherto hidden complexity </li></ul><ul><li>The icon set was adequate and helped users to treat Compendium as a learning design tool </li></ul><ul><li>The process facilitated an appreciation of the different roles required, e.g. tutor and helpdesk </li></ul><ul><li>The process encouraged a separation of content from activity design. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Where next? <ul><li>Add in wizards </li></ul><ul><li>Build up case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Link with Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Provide vocabularies </li></ul><ul><li>Move to next software stage </li></ul><ul><li>Add in metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Allow user tagging </li></ul><ul><li>(and go to Oz) </li></ul>
  11. 11. The LD tool dilemma Guided Open
  12. 13. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/randomtruth/184228496/>
  13. 14. <Kathy Sierra>
  14. 15. The LD tool and… <ul><li>Openlearn </li></ul><ul><li>SLED </li></ul><ul><li>VLE </li></ul><ul><li>Course models </li></ul><ul><li>Content management system </li></ul>
  15. 16. Future dimensions Future LE Open content iTunesU Openlearn Slideshare Social Network Facebook LastFM 43Things PLE Stringle Blog Pageflakes Learning design LAMS Compendium Virtual worlds SecondLife World of Warcraft Virtual Presence Gabbly Medium User generated content Wikiversity YouTube Flickr Devices Mobile tech MS Surface Nintendo Wii
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