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Online Course Design Basics - course development space -persona

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Stephen Bright
17 January 2013

The purpose of this cloud is to provide a space to discuss the course development of the Online Course Design Basics

Project Outline:

Design a short online course to give University lecturers an experience of being an online student as well as introducing them to some basics of online course design and learning activities design using Moodle, Panopto and one or two 'open' tools such as Vialogues and

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Stephen Bright
2:55am 17 January 2013 (Edited 12:35am 18 January 2013)

Well - as promised John, Sara and Raewyn (or would you prefer Rae?) this is the cloudscape/cloud area where we will collaborate on the design of the course I've proposed. I've added you as admins to this cloudscape so you should be able to add your own clouds as well as participate in discussion on any clouds on this cloudscape. I suggest you click the follow button for all the clouds in this cloudscape. Looking to the week 2 materials (although it is already 17 Jan down under) it seems that the two initial course design activities involve some design activities I've never done i.e. Using scenarios,  personas and force maps. See the OLDS MOOC week 2 web page

I'll try and kick off a start to these areas when I've had a chance to look at these concepts more closely. I still don't know if this comment will email out to you all but I'm hoping it will. Still somewhat baffled by aspects of Cloudworks!

Raewyn Heta
10:14pm 17 January 2013

Thanks Stephen (yes Rae is good for me), I too am finding Cloudworks a bit baffling and I'm trying to get my head around the OLD MOOC in general so I'm slow off the mark.

I'm looking over Week 2 today so I will be more useful after that. I'm finding this MOOC very challenging in many ways. e.g learning style, digital tools and having such a public presence. It's all good stuff but part of me wants to escape back into the 'just show me what I need to learn and I'll see you after the exam'!  I'm chicken like that.

Thanks for initiating and giving such helpful directions.

nga mihi



Stephen Bright
1:33am 22 January 2013


Persona Card - Learning DesignThis work by the OU H817 module “Openness and innovation in elearning” (  is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

See for a short introduction to personas. To use this template, open it at, make a copy and edit.

* Name: John Connolly
Gender: male
Age: 34 years
Lives in Raglan (seaside town in NZ) with partner Tania Likes fishing, surfing and kayaking
Education and experience PhD at an NZ university, has been been employed in an American University in California for 3 years then came back to NZ
Role and responsibilities New lecturer in the biological sciences faculty of the University of Waikato, with a special interest in coastal sea life of NZ
Technical skills Good computer skills but no experience of online learning - makes lectures with Youtube clips, links to websites and striking images for FTF classes
Subject domain skills and knowledge Biological sciences, specialist knowledge and PhD about the effect of pollution on seal populations in the lower part of the North Island of NZ
Motivation and desires Quite keen to move from Senior Lecturer to Associate Professor, would like to win Environmental Award for research into seal populations, not so interested in the teaching aspect of the job, enjoys post-graduate supervision
Goals and expectations Expects to be promoted in the next couple of years due to the quality of his research, wants to be recognised as an excellent researcher as part of the PBRF system (performance-based research funding). 
Obstacles to their success Frustrated by the small department he is in, and the restrictions on funding for research and conferences, also because he is the newest staff member he has to teach two first year undergraduate papers with large numbers of students
Unique assets Creative and digitally literate with a good eye for visuals. Impatient with students who don't 'get it' first time. 

Raewyn Heta
3:26am 22 January 2013

Persona Card - Learning DesignThis work by the OU H817 module “Openness and innovation in elearning” ( is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

See for a short introduction to personas. To use this template, open it at, make a copy and edit.


Name: Maia Anderson

Gender: female

Age: 42

Lives in Christchurch... with partner Luke Likes mountain biking, furniture making and TED talks

Education and experience Aircraft engineer, formerly employed by AirNZ and RNZAF. Bachelor of Engineering . Has been teaching aviation engineering theory and practical for four years.
Role and responsibilities Tutor in Aviation Law and Aviation Structures
Technical skills Competent computer skills. Online experience has been as a ‘file cabinet’ e.g. has an online site for students with notes (powerpoint) and quizzes
Subject domain skills and knowledge Aviation theory and practical.
Motivation and desires Keen to blend theory and practical together in her teaching sessions. Would like to have students more active in classroom sessions and is keen to keep up with teaching/learning technology.
Goals and expectations Completely change the relationships between teacher and student.Be innovative in teaching practice
Obstacles to their success Has had limited formal teaching education and struggles to keep up with digital teaching technology.
Unique assets Adaptive and creative. Experienced engineer.

Stephen Bright
2:36am 23 January 2013

Thanks Rae - interesting persona. What do you think are the implications for the course design? 

Raewyn Heta
10:36pm 28 January 2013

Kia ora Stephen

Sorry for my lack of committment on this course. I'm stretched at the moment (I'm also involved in another course) and I'm finding it difficult to do both so will have to bow out of this one. Thank you for your work in getting this up and running for the group. Hopefully our paths will cross in the future elearning world

nga mihi


Stephen Bright
10:40pm 28 January 2013

Kia ora Rae

Kei te pai tenei. Know the feeling, I'm getting distinctly squeezed myself with this MOOC which has turned out to be a lot more work than I thought it was going to involve.  Best wishes for your future in the wonderful world of elearning.

Ngā mihi nui



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