The Open University Learning Design Initiative

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    Description: 

    The OU Learning Design Initiative (OULDI) started with institutional strategic funding in 2007 and has been funded by JISC under the Curriculum Design programme since September 2008 . Our work is focused around several key questions:

    * In what ways can the efficiency and effectiveness of time spent designing learning be improved?
    * How can we capture and represent practice (and in particular innovative practice)?
    * How can we provide ‘scaffolds’ or support for staff creating learning activities, which draw on good practice and make effective use of tools and pedagogies?
    * What does a quality design process look like?

    Our aim is to develop and implement a methodology for learning design composed of tools, practice and other innovation that both builds upon, and contributes to, existing academic and practioner research.

    Learning Design Focus

    • CompendiumLD: a tool for creating and designing visual representations of a learning design
    • Cloudworks: a social networking site for sharing and discussing learning and teaching ideas and designs.
    • Course Map: a template for creaitng an ‘at a glance’ representation view of a course or module (in paper or Excel formats)
    • Pedagogical Features Card Sort : around 45 cards to help module teams decide on and describe their course (available online in Wallwisher or as standard printable cards)
    • Pedagogy Profiler : a tool for analysing the distribution of pedagogies used in a module (in paper and Excel formats)

    Links

    provide links to resources and websites, also on edutechwiki and within the LDGrid portal

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