Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum.
I start the Open University’s MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) this week – Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum.
Part of participating on the MOOC is a requirement to keep a learning journal. The OU suggests CloudWorks but I’ll be doing so here and linking to here from my Cloud. (The OU’s Cloudscape – http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2417).
One of the first things to interest me in the MOOC is the way the OU has set it up and the tools they have employed.
The MOOC Tools
- Google Hangouts
- Google Drive (they still call it Google Docs)
- Google Calendar
Lots of Google products which has forced me to engage a little more with the Big G although I still resist connecting all my G accounts together. I tend to like having things separate – Facebook for personal, Twitter for work, youtube unconnected as I use it for both etc. I need to get my head around what connecting G accounts really means. Will I need two G accounts? At present I have a g-mail account which is unconnected and a G account with a Yahoo email address. It’s all getting a little silly.
The only tool that I haven’t previous used is Bibsonomy which looks very interesting I use diigo for social bookmarking but Bibsonomy might offer more (or be different – we’ll see).
A colleague of mine at Newman University is working with Google’s CourseBuilder as a platform for running MOOCs but I guess the OU didn’t employ it because they were planning this MOOC before it became available.
Another approach is to use a variety of tools that are freely available. This approach was succinctly described by Inge de Waard last year in five articles she wrote for Learning Solutions Magazine.