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Week 2 learning reflection: Some thoughts on on the course design

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Alice (Xin) Huang
23 January 2013

As an Educational designer, naturally I will look at the design of the whole course, to find out what I can learn from it other than the  teching subject. 

So I wander around between cloudwork, course main page and google discussion boards. I notice a lot of participants complaining about their frustrative experience, for example, can't find the information, can't find discussion thread, etc, to be honest I shared the same feeling, so I start thinking if it was me working on the massive MOOC course design, what could I have done differently to enhance learner's experience. I have been thinking of this over last two weeks while I was participating course activities.  Then I read the Accessibility statement on the main course page: 

The OLDS MOOC is an experimental free course exploring open pedagogy using freely available and open technologies. The technology choices that were made for OLDS MOOC mean that we face some challenges for accessibility.  

That is when I suddenly realised the design philosophy behind.  

A MOOC course like this with a targeted audience over a thousand, google platform might be the best option. 

Using Google site, to embed social media network element, acturally brings social learning into the whole learning experience. This has compensated one of the major drawbacks of MOOC - lack of tutor's one-on-one involvement. In this way, the design of the course acturally encourages students to learning from each other and help out for each other. 

Another aspect I noticed that to make this course more practical to stuents, the course tutors provides a lot of template and examples of how to use these examples to us, so we can just copy it and use it to our own context. I can see there are a lot of hard working has been put into this course behind the scene.  So I have to say, so far I could find anything I could have done differently to this course. A great job well done !

Example of applying phase one of EoR approach by Joshuau can be find here:

OLDS MOOC Accessibility statement can be find here:


The OLDS MOOC is an experimental free course exploring open pedagogy using freely available and open technologies. The technology choices that were made for OLDS MOOC mean that we face some challenges for accessibility. 
  • The MOOC website template was developed in Google Sites.  It has been tested and is reasonably accessible, although there are some issues and improvements will be made as soon as possible.
  • The MOOC website includes embedded YouTube videos.  We expect screenreader users to be able to play these videos, but voice recognition users may need to use mouse commands to play them.
  • The videos do not have captions as standard, although some of the screencasts do have the text of the narration on-screen.  We are working to make presenters’ scripts or transcripts available.
  • The website includes images.  Some of these have short descriptions, but others do not yet have full descriptions.
  • The Cloudworks website was tested for accessibility in 2010 and a range of improvements were made.  Users with disabilities are expected to be able to access this site without difficulty. The Cloudworks accessibility statement is here:
  • There are known accessibility issues with Google Apps (Hangouts, Docs and Calendar), particularly for users of assistive technologies, keyboard users, and users who require specific colour or font settings. Issues have been reported by the OU to Google over the last few years, and although some improvements have been made there are still some outstanding issues.
  • The accessibility status of Bibsonomy and Slideshare is not known at this time.

If you have a disability or impairment and have difficulty accessing any aspect of the MOOC content please contact Anne.Jelfs at (replace 'at' with @) and we will take reasonable steps to find a solution for you.

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