OLDS MOOC W2D5 Learning Design Software

Today (so far – I have not finished) I have been reading about Personas and Scenario Force Maps. All very interesting but once again (oh dear) I find myself sceptical as to how these ‘designer’ practices can be practically adopted by academics who would rather be researching their specialism than putting together online courses.

The OLDS MOOC environment is vast.  We have all the various OU elements like Cloudworks, Google Drive, the Forum, twitter, etc etc plus subsidiary environments set up independently by participants, like the OLD MOOCS Facebook group I found this morning, and  each of these areas is of course inhabited by people who also have their own networks and their own resources. Whilst poking about within this vast treasure trove (and occasional rubbish tip) of education-related stuff, I have just found on CloudWorks reference to an 2008  project which created “an interactive Learning Design Support Environment (the Learning Designer) to scaffold teachers’ decision-making from basic planning to creative TEL design”.

Now this. I guess. is what I’m looking for.  Some way of helping my tutors become designers without necessarily having to learn this new discipline of learning design.

Here are a couple of links  to the project:



This may be mentioned in OLDS MOOC later but I  will put it into my ‘To Look at Later’ virtual pile in any case.


  1. he he he.
    The LDSE learning designer (and the pedagogic pattern collector) are at the centre of weeks 4 and 5..
    You might also want to check out:
    but I shouldn’t be telling you this, I’m spilling the beans..

  2. I’m terrible at sticking to schedules – either jumping the gun or falling behind. I’ll try and fall back into step and look forward to weeks 4 and 5. Thanks.

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