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The project will design, deliver and evaluate an 8-10 week Open Learning Design Studio MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) focusing on the theme of curriculum design with OERs, to be held in early 2013.

Open Learning Design Studio (OLDS) - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

The project will design, deliver and evaluate an 8-10 week Open Learning Design Studio MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) focusing on the theme of curriculum design with OERs, to be held in early 2013.

Open to individual educators from across the UK HE, FE, and community and skills sectors, 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.

We will design activities using the OULDI resources into the MOOC, and we will also use them in designing the MOOC itself - and share our efforts as a worked example. We will invite contributions from other projects of the JISC Curriculum Design programme. We will not be able to package or design activities around these contributions ourselves, but we will provide an example of how we package and integrate the OULDI resources - and will welcome any partners who wish to submit their own resources similarly packaged.

We will use, and adapt, Cloudworks as a platform for the MOOC, thus demonstrating its potential as a vehicle for conducting similar activities.

Further details regarding how to get involved, start dates, and core themes will be announced during the summer. In the meantime, please register your interest here:  so we can keep you informed.  

Project Outputs

  • A learning design for a 8-10-week MOOC with associated resources, links to tools and design mapping showing intent and objectives.
  • The delivery of a 8-10 week MOOC in Autumn 2012, supported by an online learning environment (including use of CloudEngine software).
  • Series of podcasts slidesets and resource sheets contributed by presenters from partner institutions, other invited presenters and participants.
  • Hyper-linked list of learning design tools, resources and projects including reference to JISC’s Design Studio and Cloudworks.
  • Evidence from participants of the tasks undertaken – for example, if a task asks participants to review how their institutional processes consider arning design, the output could be a range of reviews of processes from across the sector.
  • Selected learning design projects developed by MOOC participants, documented in theform of design narratives, OEDs (open educational designs) and OERs.
  • An evaluation report will be made freely and openly available under a creative commonslicence. It will be deposited in ORO (Open Resources Online ) repository and referenced from Cloudworks and the JISC Design Studio.


  • Exposure, use and embedding of learning curriculum  tools, resources and approaches developed by JISC funded projects and others in to individual professional practice.
  • Empowering practitioners within their institutions to become agents for change
  • Raise awareness of learning design within the UK education and skills community by creating a ‘buzz’ around the concept.
  • Between 2 and 5 documented and evaluated demonstrator projects, showcasing the use of curriculum  tools, resources and practices to address concrete challenges in genuine institutional contexts.

Project Staff

Yishay Mor, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6A ,Tel: 07891456690

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Start date
1 May 2012
End date
30 April 2013
Funding programme
e-Learning programme
JISC e-Learning Embedding Benefits Programme
Project website
Lead institutions

The Open University

Partner institutions
  • University of Leicester
  • Goldsmiths University
  • University of Oxford
  • Institute of Education, University of London
  • International Programme, University of London
  • Brunel University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • University of Greenwich
  • Association for Learning Development in Higher Education
  • Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)
  • Vitae
  • Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL)
  • The Organisational Development in Higher Education Group