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Tag Archives: OpenUniversity

Open University Learning Design Resources

I have been participating in the Open University’s  – Open Learning Design Studio (OLDS) Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). It has a much more structured and demanding timetable than Stanford University’s  Designing a New Learning Environment.  In Week 3 of the MOOC we were introduced to activities based on Gráinne Conole’s 7CS of Learning DesignContinue Reading

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

I have just written a review of my participation in the Designing a New Learning Environment Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) by Stanford University in the Educational Technology and Change Journal I have now enrolled in a similarly titled course with the Open University Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum.

Education for Work – Education at Work

A recent UCD College of Life Sciences Teaching and Learning Symposium focused on the world beyond university. It was chaired by Declan Patton, Vice Principal for Teaching & Learning, UCD College of Life Sciences.  The first two speakers discussed the attributes required for graduates to make a successful transition to the world of work andContinue Reading

Open Courses, Resources & Free Education

Education may be free with online courses from Apple’s iTunes U and MIT’s Open Courseware (OCW) but  who are these courses for? Casual learners or students? Students are at least partially motivated by certification and a social life with their peers. An article in the Higher Education Chronicle illustrates this point with  a story aboutContinue Reading

EdTech 2009 – Does Location Matter?

EdTech 2009 kicked off with a keynote address by Niall Sclater, Director of Learning Innovation at The Open University. The distance learning provided by the OU has always helped the house-bound, prison inmates and others disadvantaged by time and space to participate in higher education. Niall’s talk “Does Location Matter?” showed how the free disseminationContinue Reading

Reflecting on ALT-C

Back at work after ALT-C and reviewing the conference… I had some time free at the end to walk around the beautiful campus in Nottingham and admire the Millennium Garden and Lake. Spotted the coat of arms on the gates beside the lake – Knowledge Leads the City?. I also had a quick look roundContinue Reading

ALT- C: Blogs and Reflective Learning

The subject of blogging for reflective learning was addressed in different ways by several presentations. After five years of working on a masters with the Open University without meeting either peers or profs, it was particularly interesting to meet OU postgrads and researchers with an interest in blogging, who are themselves keen bloggers. Gill KirkupContinue Reading