OLDS MOOC Preparing to Start

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

  • Cloudworks
  • Google+
  • Google Hangouts
  • Google Drive (they still call it Google Docs)
  • Twitter
  • Bibsonomy
  • Google Calendar
  • Youtube
  • Slideshare.

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.
See http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/886/

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