Course Map: an ‘at a glance’ view of a course or module across four dimensions

This is a course map representation of the OLDS-MOOC (Curriculum Design with OERs)

Guidance and Support

Content and Experience

1. Website will provide a study ‘spine’ signposting participants to resources, tools, activity and discussion. Including:

o      Front page overview

o      1 page per week.

2. OU MOOC team will provide support via

3. Facilitators will offer support through the activities

4. Study groups (Google groups?)

5. Summary of MOOC tools and links to tools support

Facilitators will provide guidance, however study groups will be the primary learning support mechanism.


1. Each week will include:

o          A web page introducing the topics for that week (15 mins participant activity).

o          A collection of 2-5 OERs which present the topic in detail (15-30 mins each).

o          A sequence of 1-3 tasks which allow learners to gain first hand experience in this topic (15-60 mins each).

o          A follow-up group activity (60 mins)

o          A discussion with experts in the field – asynchronous and synchronous (60mins)


9 weeks (October 11 - Dec 13)

MOOC weeks start on Thursday, to allow those who cannot devote time during work days to engage over the weekend.

Committed participants will work individually or in groups on a learning / curriculum design project which they will initiate and define.

Facilitators will provide resources, and participants are invited to engage with and add to these resources and use them to create design artefacts.

The structure of the MOOC reflects a proposed process for a design inquiry project (Initiate, Inquire, Ideate, Connect, Curate, Prototype, review, Reflect, Closure) and supports an experiential learning experience.

All tasks will have a core individual activity.

Reflection and Demonstration

Communication and Collaboration

Personal blog

o      Reflective learning journal

o      Portfolio

Committed participants will maintain a portfolio, in the form of a personal site or blog, which will include the tasks that they have completed, and a reflective learning journal.

1. Study group ‘market place’ i.e. some mechanism for enabling people to choose and form groups with shared interests.

2. Cloudworks will be used to support discussion, design collaboration and archiving.

3. Google groups and hangouts will be used for synchronous discussion and presentations

4. Blog rolls and feeds to collate social activity (on MOOC front page?)

The MOOC takes an active and collaborative approach to learning.

Participants share and discuss design artefacts.

All tasks will have a follow-up group activity, which will contribute to learning design projects.

Additionally, participants will associate themselves with study groups, with which they will work throughout the MOOC. These may or may not be identical with the project groups.

Each week will include a discussion with experts in the field - asynchronous and synchronous (60 minutes).




(From the press release) The MOOC will aim to increase the uptake of OERs through embedding the use of curriculum design tools, practices and approaches in individual practice and design team culture; to empower practitioners to become change agents in their local contexts; and to produce a collection of CC-licensed OER resources for wider use after the MOOC ends. Weekly activities will feature a range of presenters with a focus on foregrounding successful JISC and HEA funded UK projects and giving UK practitioners access to (and opportunity to learn from) some of the best of European initiatives.

Wordle from MOOC aims text