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Bill Steele's OLDS MOOC Learning Log

Bill Steele's OLDS MOOC Learning Log

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Bill Steele
12 January 2013

Bill Steele's OLDS MOOC Learning Log

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The first week has been interesting, confusing, disappointing and much more. My expectations of a MOOC designed by the OU was extremely high - perhaps too high. I expected that we would be herded through a linear induction process in order that we would all be at least familar with the technologies before embarking on the learning process but this did not happen. The full complexity of the system was presented and it felt overwhelming and still does. Cloudworks appears to be a very powerful tool but the user interface would appear to require a fair degree of work in order that it can be easily controlled by the user.

The expectation of what could be completed in the first week appears to me to be too much and also what should be undertaken being divided into daily activities does not match with most participants work schedules. A checklist of what is expected in the first week would have been enough and preferrably that the checklist could have been marked off as it was undertaken would have been helpful.

As to joining or creating a team I have found this to be the most frustrating. Reading through such a large quantity of proposals in the hope that you find a matching proposal that does not already have the requisite number of participants etc I found to be very time consuming and did not help in the end.

Are the timescales provided for completing the activities a fair reflection of the work involved - if they are then I must be one of the substandard attendees

At the end of the week I have decided to try and continue as the subject area is of great interest but I will be carrying out the project as an individual and if anyone should wish to join me then I will gladly work in a team


Bill Steele
06:42 on 19 January 2013 (Edited 06:47 on 19 January 2013)

Week 2

I want to get a handle on learner context. The idea of scenario building looks good but I wonder as to whether it can provide a real insight into how an actual user perceives the design.

I have added the Calendar to my Google account and this may help me co-ordinate my activities but I doubt this. The MOOC has to fit within my existing activities and not the other way around. Dedicating time to the MOOC on a daily basis is simply impossible for me. It has to be undertaken as a block as and when I get the time.


  • Gain some useful insights for design of my project (something developing exemplars that can be used with staff to help them incorporate instruction design in their modules)

Assessment & Evaluation

  • I will also reflect on my own experience of using the learning design/s that are part of week 2.
  • I will incorporate the useful techniques within the exemplar module

Bill Steele
07:08 on 19 January 2013

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