Open Learning Design Studio Launches MOOC

Open University Learning Design Initiative, a pilot project from a consortium of universities throughout the United Kingdom to redevelop design education, is launching a massive open online course (MOOC) on Jan. 10. While the course, "Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum," was created with education professionals in mind, it is open to anyone interested in learning design.

Developers expect that participants will spend 3-10 per hours week throughout the 9-week-long class working on course material. Although participants will not be able to receive credit from any of the sponsoring universities, they will be eligible to earn a total of nine badges through a successful completion of the course.

The course is being developed around the informative process of a design inquiry project. Students will identify a design challenge—in the course it will be developing a curriculum—and begin exploring it to understand its context and driving forces. After the exploratory phase is completed, students will move onto generating and implementing possible solutions. After the penultimate solution is selected, students will reflect on the inquiry process and its output as a whole to determine if the pedagogical approach works in a MOOC.

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