Workshop activity 1: Mapping the context
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20 June 2012
There has already been some discussion about what models and tools we might use to help us review and articulate the design problem space in advance starting of any MOOC design work proper. So far the models on the table are:
To summarise our discussions so far, I think that we feel that Simon's lattice model is too complicated to use in an activity, so we think we will probably use Yishay's activity and then review activity outputs using the Lattice Model (correct me if I'm wrong anyone!) so that we can begin to locate priorities and concerns.
Do you know of any other learning design tools we might use to define the problem space at this early stage? Please join in :-)
Thank you to those that gave me feedback for this activity - in particular for additionally pointing me to the Ecology of Resources framework (EoR). We have decided upon a 2 hour activity comprised of 3x 0.5hr tasks using firstly the EoR framework (facilitated by Katerina Avramides), secondly Yishay's Force Maps and finally Simon's Lattice Model. This combination of tools will allow us to create a really rich picture of the design space - very exciting.
12:46 on 10 July 2012
Live blog from the workshop: Katarina from IoE introducing the Ecology of Resources framework. I'll add her slides to this Cloud once I've got them from her (and we'll add a video of her presentation tomorrow).
EoR activity: Part 1:
- Think of your own experiences of MOOCs
- Write short scenarios (stories)
- over a period of time
- think about online tools used
- the people/ things/ activities that might relate to the course indirectly
09:30 on 25 July 2012 (Edited 10:07 on 25 July 2012)
EoR activity Pt 2:
- Read through each other's scenarios and identify all teh possible resources
- Categorise them into EoR categories
- Knowledge and skills
- People and tools
3. Identify the filters that constrain access to these resources
10:07 on 25 July 2012 (Edited 10:14 on 25 July 2012)
EoR activity Pt 3
- Brainstorm possible ways in which technology can be used/ new technology designed to enable access to resources
10:13 on 25 July 2012
Live blog from the workshop: Yishay has just introduced the concept of Forcemaps and his activity.
For the actvity 'steps' (instructions) see his slides below. He suggests a 'low-tech' paper and pen approach but pehaps you could summarise your activity at the end or take photos of your outputs, upload to Flickr and embed below.
10:19 on 25 July 2012
Live blog from the workshop: Simon Cross has recorded a presentation for us on his Lattice Model. And It's like he's really here :-) (I'll upload the full presentation tomorrow)
Lattice model activity:
- Review each item in the lattice model and reflect on:
- whether each aspect has been address,
- which haven't,
- and which will be particularly important for the design of this MOOC.
10:57 on 25 July 2012 (Edited 11:05 on 25 July 2012)
Live blog from the design workshop: Feedback from groups is that the lattice model is too complex to use in the workshop, and that it covers a lot that has already been covered in the two previous activities.
Yishay suggests that it could be used as a checklist that the design space has been sufficiently reviewed.
Steve Warburton suggested that the model has some implicit assumptions about who the audience/ 'student' is that doesn't work so well for the MOOC which is less tightly structured and less predictable. He emphasised strongly that 'loosely structured' does not mean 'not well designed' but that the lattice catagories might push the designer to be too ridgid in the design created.
Grainne has suggested another representation of the problem space that does something similar that is less complex that she will add below.
Diana said she liked the model as a checklist because it is so wide ranging but would like a more clearly articulated process of how to use it. She thinks it could work as a MOOC tool but needs a clear activity designed to support it.
Some really interesting debate,particularly between Steve W, Dave White and Diana about how far a MOOC is a 'journey' - with a start and an end - and how far it is a hobbist 'club or society' (see video below - 'Why is a MOOC?'). So, some questions emerging for this debate:
- Should the % of participants who complete all weeks be a success factor? If not, what are the criteria for success?
- How far do we (as designers) have a responsibility for designing a journey/ narrative through?
- How far should participants have an expectation that if they complete the whole MOOC they will achieve a pre-defined set of outcomes?
- How responsive can we be in negotiating the curriculum?
The model certainly worked well to mediate design discussion around what makes a MOOC different to most courses and what that means for the curriculum design.
And now lunch...:-)
11:23 on 25 July 2012 (Edited 09:33 on 26 July 2012)