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Deborah's OLDS MOOC learning journal

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Deborah Thomas
8 January 2013

Deb's learning journal for OLDS MOOC.

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My Introduction

Hi, My name is Deborah Thomas and I am from Queensland, Australia.

I work at the University of Southern Queensland in the area of Learning Resources Development. I am interested in Learning Design and have not participated in a MOOC before. I am also mum to four beautiful little children.

My motivation for participating in the OLDS MOOC is to gain a better understanding of Learning design. I see this course as an opportunity to be involved in the development of a project and also learn from others within the course. 

A personal achievement for myself would be to have participated throughout this MOOC to the finish, and in turn have a better understanding at the end of the nine weeks. 

Deborah   :O)

Deborah Thomas
11:58 on 12 January 2013 (Edited 09:44 on 14 January 2013)


My thoughts so far .....

I read through some of the Open Discussion posts today and answered Simon's question -  'What do you hope to get out of this MOOC'. For me it is because of my interest in Learning Design, MOOCs and a willingness to learn and achieve this goal I have set for myself. I am not sure I can keep to the daily schedule of activities with work and family commitments .. so will just do what I can.

A couple of things I have found really helpful and a good resource are the 'Daily Summaries' (a necessity for a course on this scale) and the page created by Peter Bryant -

At this time I am not sure what my project is, so until then I am mainly observing what others are discussing in relation to their projects.

Debs  ....

Deborah Thomas
12:32 on 13 January 2013 (Edited 10:06 on 14 January 2013)

WEEK ONE - Reflections on the week

My positive outcomes for the week - 

Firstly, I think I have this cloudworks thing worked out which is an achievement in itself, considering I have never worked with clouds before. I managed to complete some of the activities for the week and joined a study circle. I have read some really interesting blogs, and will continue to follow these throughout the MOOC journey. This has also inspired me to start my own blog, when time permits. And most importantly I have learnt a couple things about Learning Design.

This week has also been a challenge -
As I do not have a project to work on, and as yet have not found a team to be involved with, it left me at a loss as to how I can proceed and contribute to the course. After some friendly guidance, I think I can start Week 2 off a lot clearer in my approach to weekly activities and discussion.

All things considered, this is my first  MOOC, and even though it would be easy to get lost in all the hustle and bustle going on in the clouds .. I think I am doing okay and will stick with it ...



Deborah Thomas
11:56 on 15 January 2013


My reflection on Week Two

Week two is coming to an end and there has been so much information to read and explore. I have approached the week as an observer, concentrating on reading through the activities, resources, posts and blogs. As the week is just about over, I feel the time spent looking through the information was worthwhile.

The Ecology of Resource design framework, personas, scenarios and force maps .. these are all areas of Learning Design I previously did not know a great deal about, but now have a new found interest in.

When there are no time limits imposed on completing activities, I aim to have a go at the scenario and persona exercises.

More to follow ..


Deborah Thomas
11:48 on 21 January 2013 (Edited 10:19 on 23 January 2013)


My reflection on Week Three

I have found this week to be really interesting and one which has provided some good resources for the furture.  Of particular interest has been 'The 7Cs of Learning Design' by Grainne Conole. 

Within my field of  work  I am  involved in the development of learning resources for online delivery. My real interest is in the design process and this is an area I want to pursue in the future. 

The slide presentation on 'The 7Cs of Learning Design' has made this process alot clearer and I can see how these steps all come together.

  • Conceptualise
  • Capture
  • Communicate
  • Collaborate
  • Consider
  • Combine
  • Consolidate

I think the presentation is a very useful resource and will be invaluable in the future when aiding in the design of online course material. 



Deborah Thomas
10:11 on 29 January 2013 (Edited 23:58 on 1 February 2013)

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Deborah Thomas
12:40pm 12 January 2013

Initial thoughts on this MOOC experience ... 'Where am I and where am I supposed to be'. Still feeling motivated though, just need to work out how this cloud thing works ... Debs

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