As I mentioned in my introduction on the MOOC’s forum (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/olds-mooc-open), one of my motivations is to experience a MOOC run by the OU. The subject matter of the MOOC is also interesting to me and will probably be similar to the online course I have just completed at Oxford Brookes University called Designing Your Online Course run by Frances Deepwell and Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou , but how the OU deliver this is for me the most interesting thing. It will also be interesting to compare their approach with OB’s.
Start Day = Thursday.
Today is the first day and it’s a Thursday. Great decision and why have I never done that before? All too often we start on a Monday and by Thursday half the students have finished and the other half have yet to start because they’re waiting for the weekend. That was certainly an issue with collaborative working on the Oxford Brookes course. It may not make any difference but I suspect it will.
However, we have got off to a very bad start. As I mentioned yesterday the OU is using a number of web tools including Cloudworks. And although this morning we can see the course webpage the link to the Cloudworks site (where we are supposed to be keeping our learning journals and profiles) is dead because Cloudworks is down. This also means that participants can’t see the information about one of today’s tasks – how to introduced yourself.
The OU set out this message this morning –
Dear everyone participating in the OLDS MOOC
Following some problems experienced by many people on Monday during the OLDS MOOC live launch with the connection to Cloudworks, we are carrying out essential maintenance on Cloudworks this morning 10 January (from 9:45 GMT) to help ensure that Cloudworks can successfully support the unexpectedly large volumes of traffic which is likely during the 9 weeks of the MOOC. The essential maintenance today means that Cloudworks will be offline for about half an hour all being well. We will let you know as soon as Cloudworks is back up again and this will be followed by the official start of the Learning Design MOOC.
Best wishes OLDS MOOC Project team.
In my job I am responsible for several of my university’s online services so I can just imagine the frustration and pressure some people must be feeling this morning as the upgrade is still not done at 12.15. Best of Luck. I do sympathise.
But this MOOC is not all on one service so we can still see the course page which gives me 4 tasks for today:
- 1. Watch video (youtube)
- 2. Discuss video (google groups)
- 3. Introduce yourself (google groups)
- 4. Set personal learning objectives (cloudworks or external blog)
This will have to wait until tonight.