I have many motivations for participating in the OLDS MOOC. One of which is to experience a MOOC as a student and to see how a MOOC is managed. I’ve previously mentioned in this blog my frustration with having so many communication channels (and this has been debated – some people like it). Now I’m frustrated because I have posted questions relating to week 4’s Pedagogical Patterns Collector three times to the (Google) Open Forum only for the messages to mysteriously vanish. What is even more frustrating is that there is no announcement on the OLDSMOOC announcement’s forum acknowledging an issue and nothing on twitter. This is not a rant but an observation. I’m now thinking that it may be being explained somewhere else – maybe in CloudWorks which I don’t really see as a forum as such, but I suspect not. The MOOC doesn’t have a central IT Support area for technical issues so it has left me high and dry.
So, I’ll post my questions here and signpost it via twitter. Not ideal but with the MOOC moving on relentlessly and week 5 starting today it seems important to tie up week 4’s loose ends asap.
So, having looked at the Pedagogical Patterns Collector I have the following questions:
[Later edit in blue on 13 Feb with answers to my questions. I thought it best to put the asnwers here rather than in a new post. Thanks to Dejan
Ljubojevic (Linnaeus University, Sweden], Liz Masterman (University
of Oxford) and Diana Laurillard (The London Knowledge Lab.
What is clear is that I misunderstood the character of the PPC. I had thought it was the result of a project to develop this software, whereas in fact it was a research project.
The LDSE project website has now been updated and has the PPC tool available for download – please follow the link below. https://sites.google.com/a/lkl.ac.uk/ldse/downloads ).
PPC does not conform to the Open Source standard – the source code has not been made available for lack of documentation, and the lack of documentation is due to the nature of the project – research. Lack of time was reason for the lack of documentation consistent with Open Source requirements. However, it is hoped that very soon the PPC installation package will be made available together with an Installation Guide.
The envisaged distribution model is to seed the PPC tool, each with a collection of User’s patterns/designs. The intention was to foster an environment for intra-institutional exchange. The second phase in the model would see the ‘pulling together’ of the institutions’ developed collections into one central one where moderators/researchers would catalogue and group similar designs and the developers would perform an inductive exploration on how to evolve the Pedagogical Pattern concept further.
choice for the redevelopment.
The 12:18 utterance is ‘provide the URL link to the Moodle forum we previously setup for the course.’ This was an example of how to link the activity design with the resource where the design can play itself out. This link is just surface level, that is, the PPC does not speak ‘Moodle’ or any other VLE ‘language’, (the only exception being the Learning Designer (another tool developed on the LDSE project).
7. Use. Has the PPC been implemented anywhere outside the project team’s institutions yet? I’m interested in hearing about how it was received. (I ‘d expect it to have been downloaded and installed for evaluation purposes many times but I’m really more interested in its roll out).
The PPC was trialed at two of the partner institutions in the project, but it has been used ‘for real’ at the University of Hong Kong. See the following paper:
Law, N., Laurillard, D., & Lee, Y. (2011). Learning design as a medium for scaffolding teacher learning and collaboration. In Spada, H., et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice (pp. 526- 533). Hong Kong: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
It can be found in the PDF document of the proceedings at http://gerrystahl.net/pub/cscl2011proceedingsI.pdf (24.2 MB).
distinct tools (although one of the research objectives was to enable patterns
created in the PPC to be opened and edited in the Learning Designer). The
correct URL for the PPC is now http://web.lkldev.ioe.ac.uk/PPC/live/ODC.html.