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DIY Multimedia for Teaching and Learning Week One Summary (Sue Watling OLDS MOOC)

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Sue Watling
21 January 2013

Thanks to everyone for all your comments and contributions during week one over in DIY Multimedia Google Group!forum/olds-mooc-diy-multimedia.

I’ve tried to summarise these below, apologies if I’ve missed things. Please feel free to post reminders :-) 

There’s been some useful resources appearing; compared to the mess of mindmeister Brian’s resource shows a better example of mindmapping software with a great selection of links there’s enough here to keep us busy all week! I was quite intrigued by the cartoon making software at but resisted the temptations to be diverted. 

Brian has set up an AnswerGarden at where we are all invited to list authoring tools. 

The variety of tools for OLD can in themselves be a barrier. How do you know which to choose and where do you find the time for learning how to use them? Sharing practice is one way forward. I prefer to prioritise free tools like Audacity for audio but when it comes to video it’s not so easy to find something as good so sharing our own experience can be really useful.  

Some of us have been looking at Bibsonomy. Esther made some useful suggestions on extending use of it; I got lost with the spheres but took Esther’s advice and re-edited all my links with the tag diy_multimedia. Makoto has also arrived there too.

We’ve shared confusion around the massiveness of OLDsMOOC and the strangeness of the clouds way of working. 

With specific reference to online learning design we've touched on OER and MOOCs as incentives to engage with the principles of OLD and I've been delighted to see conversations around accessibility and inclusive design as digital exclusion is a soapbox I drag out at every opportunity! Thanks Jonathan and Makoto. Too often developers assume people follow a MEE Model and use Mouse, Ears and Eyes to access digital materials when there is a diversity of ways to use computers and access the internet through assistive technologies and personalised learning environments. 

One key point to be raised this week is the presence or absence of central support for online learning design and content development. DIY Multimedia grew out of wanting to empower staff to work with audio and video more effectively yet it’s been suggested elsewhere this might actively dissuade senior management from putting resources in place. Interesting debate to be had and here is the place for these discussions.

We need to move onto Week Two: context and scenarios. Mo has made an excellent job of getting us started with a scenario in Google Docs I have to admit I haven’t watched the video yet and have given up on the daily emails reminding me of everything I haven’t done! The OLDSMOOC organisers are in danger of forgetting many of us have to fit this in with a host of other responsibilities and duties. Having said that, I’m looking forward to working on context and the ‘human’ elements of OLD as this is where the theory can most usefully inform the practice. However, I don’t think Thursday will ever become the new Monday and for me this is the real start of Week Two! 

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