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Cathie's OLDS MOOC learning journal

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Cathie Jackson
10 January 2013

Hello everyone!  I'm a librarian at Cardiff University in Wales, UK and am looking forward to meeting you and learning from you on this MOOC.  My main interest is information literacy and I'm hoping via this MOOC to get a better understanding of learning design to help us design learning experiences in the context of developing information literacy and other learning literacies.

Thinking of looking at how to develop library staff's digital literacy as the MOOC project, so do get in touch if you can help or would be interested in learning together.


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Read the Larnaca Declaration this afternoon. Much clearer now what is meant by "Learning Design" - a way of describing learning and teaching activities. The Larnaca Declaration compares the aim of Learning Design of creating a commonly understood educational notation,  with musical notation which enables a musician to recreate previously designed music.

It's going to be interesting to see where the MOOC takes us in the use of Learning Design, when planning our teaching or to identify practice to draw in to our students' learning experience.

My colleagues have recently saved their teaching materials in a central location to encourage the sharing of good practice.  I'm wondering whether what I learn on this course will also be useful in helping me think about how to index these materials, describing the learning activities within, and so help colleagues identify good practice to use in their own teaching.


Cathie Jackson
18:50 on 13 January 2013

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Ricardo Nuno Castro Carvalho
10:00pm 22 January 2013

Hi Cathie, I would like to learn this think of mooc and learning disign, however I would like to aply this to music education. Regards Ricardo

Tiffany Crosby
12:45am 23 January 2013

Cathie, I think the personas and EoR will help you think through how people are likely to access information and that should you determine how to index. I'd think you would want it to be as intuitive as possible. A mind map should also help with this. I highly recommend mind mindmeister.

Ann Davis
12:47pm 23 January 2013

One way of indexing is to consider the pupose of the course.  In my current corporate environment, I ask my clients the following:

  1. Do the students simply need to know about the information, that it is there?
  2. Do the students need to read the information and be able to answer questions about the content?
  3. Do the students need to be able to apply and put into practice the information?

If you are looking at activities, again, think of the purpose of it.  Is it simply memorization?  Or is it applying the knowledge to a situation, is it practising skills?

Cathie Jackson
3:45pm 23 January 2013

Thanks Tiffany and Ann for your comments - it's good to get feedback. I think the crux of the issue is determining, as Tiffany suggests, why and how the intended audience is likely to want to access the information.  I had a really helpful conversation with Joe Nicholls earlier today about tying the organisation of these materials into our digital and information literacies framework (based on the Beetham and Sharpe model). My next personal digital literacy learning is going to be concept maps - cmap here I come ...

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