OLDS MOOC W3 Conceptualising with Cards

Today I’ve been reading about how to from an idea about the course you want to design, how to conceptualise it, how to ideate it. And we move from the theoretical to the practical (which I like).

Course Features Cards (aka Course Aspects Facilitation Cards).

I won’t explain how these work as this is done more than adequately on the OLDS MOOC CloudWorks site.  You use the cards at or near the beginning of the design process, preferably with someone else so you can have a conversation around them and I like the concept a lot and hope to use them soon with a colleague on his forthcoming course.


HLM learning Event Cards.

I’ve recently looked at another set of colourful flash cards, a set that forms part of the HLM process  (Hybrid Learning Model developed by CIES (CETL (NI) Institutional ELearning Services). These cards are used to describe 8 learning events in terms of verbs and each event is seen from the student’s and the tutor’s perspective.These allow the designer to think about sequencing of learning activities in a course and to represent the sequence on a mapping grid.


I wasn’t too convinced that this approach was very useful when I first saw it but I am now thinking that it would be much more useful if the Course Aspects Facilitation cards were used first.

The OU’s cards can be downloaded from here: http://tinyurl.com/bdymrgh and the HLM cards from here: http://cetl.ulster.ac.uk/elearning/documents/HLM-Cards.pdf 

Having completed the two prescribed activities that come with the OU’s Course Aspects Facilitation cards one can populate a course map (for which they supply a template). This divided activities into four areas:

  1. Guidance & Support
  2. Content & Experience
  3. Reflection & Demonstration
  4. Communication & Collaboration

course map

It might be useful to then look at the HLM’s cards which see learning activities as 8 distinct types.

hlm card2

and after using the cards generate what HLM calls a Mapping Grid.


Or is this overkill?  I’m not sure.  Perhaps both systems are doing the same thing, though for me the OU’s cards and map are better for designing at a macro level whereas Ulster’s cards and grid might be better at a micro level.

We will have to use them to know, but I am busy with other things this week and off on holiday to Seville on Thursday so the practical test might have to wait a while. Also I am conscious that Professor Gráinne Conole is presenting her “7 C”s this week so wonder whether these include a look at activity level mapping.  Better get onto that now as these cards were last Thursday’s set task on this fast paced MOOC and the 7 Cs were Friday’s.

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