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Open University announces a Open Learning Design MOOC

10 January 2013

The first Open Learning Design Studio MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) focusing on the theme of curriculum design with OERs

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Rebecca Galley
25 May 2012

UPDATE: We are pleased to report there has been lots of interest in the OLDS MOOC (Open Learning Design Studio Massive Open Online Course) over the last few months with over 800 people having registered their interest.

After consultation with many of those planning to participate or present, we have also confirmed the start and end dates for the OLDS MOOC.  The MOOC will run from 10th January – 13th March 2013.  This is slightly later than originally advertised, but takes into account that October and November are often busy times for Further and Higher Education professionals and allows those commencing post-graduate courses to settle into those first

The course website is currently being built and you will be able to see the course taking shape over the next few months at  There will be monthly updates on the website blog and the course has a Twitter account at OLDS-MOOC.

We are grateful for your continuing interest in this free, open online course on curriculum and learning design.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE: The Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology is leading the first Open Learning Design Studio MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) focusing on the theme of curriculum design with OERs, to be held in Autumn 2012.

This course will be valuable for anyone seeking to develop their professional skills and experience in curriculum design, learning design and use of OERs in education. In particular the course will appeal to new and established HE and FE lecturers, to those completing professional certificates in teaching, and to researchers and managers of teaching and learning innovation.

The course aims to (1) provide a rich open learning experience for teaching and learning professionals (2) build greater skills and understandings of Curriculum and Learning Design theories and frameworks, with an emphasis on the reuse of OERs (3) help participants appreciate the need for careful educational crafting of learning experience and associated curriculum structures and (4) empower participants to become more effective educators and change agents in their own context.

Eight core themes will provide the focus for weekly activities, speaker presentations, discussions and postings of useful resources and tools. It will give access to, and the opportunity to learn from, successful UK JISC and HEA projects in addition to some of the best of European initiatives. The resulting aggregate resource will remain online for future use.

The term MOOC stands for ‘Massive’ Open Online Course and we expect to achieve an educational equivalent of this by offering truly open opportunities to introduce new themes, debate topics and self-select material. In addition, a basic underlying core pathway will offer an entry route for those new to open courses or who have limited time.

Further details regarding how to get involved, start dates, and core themes will be announced during the summer. In the meantime, please register your interest here: (or use the embedded form below) so we can keep you informed. The Curriculum Design MOOC will be funded by JISC and the Open University and supported by the OULDI project, Learning Design Grid and other partner organisations.

Rebecca Galley, 

Dr. Simon Cross, 

Dr. Yishay Mor,

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