Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum

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Subject of practice


Target groups


Educational level

Higher Education

Short Summary

This free, open and online course (MOOC) has been designed for anyone with an interest in curriculum and learning design. The structure of the MOOC reflects a proposed process for a design inquiry project. In such a process, designers identify a (learning/curriculum) design challenge, explore it to gain an understanding of its context and driving forces, generate possible solutions, implement a solution and reflect on the process as a whole and its outputs.

Duration of the implementation

2014-04-07 16:15:00 - 2014-04-07 16:15:00

Detailed description

Age of learners

35 - 45

Learning outcomes

Support educators in creating their own teaching practice with specific methodology called using open educational resources.

Typical learning time

9 weeks

Description of challenges faced (Are there any difficulties teachers/learners might face?)

Use methodology and tools that are freely available and accessible in learning design.

Detailed description

Week1: 'Initiate': In this first week the process of establishing a definition of learning design and identify how it relates to other  fields of educational research started. Go to week 1

WEEK 2: 'Inquire': This week considers ways of understanding, describing and using context in learning design. It demonstrates how context can be modelled as an ecology of resources (potentially available to help learners) and filters (that constrain interactions with these). Go to week 2

WEEK 3 'Ideate': This week introduces the notion of visual representations and their value in enabling design thinking, discourse and sharing. Go to week 3

WEEK 4 'Connect': This week we assume that the 'teacher-designer' (Peter Goodyear's term - a good way to think of teachers) knows roughly what the conceptual focus is. The 'Connect' concept is similar to what in one recent project became known as 'BOTWOO' - building on the work of others. Go to week 4

WEEK 5 'Prototype': This week we go from design idea - the sketch - to the first stage of implementation - the prototype. Not the final product, but enough to clarify the functionality and basic technical issue for meeting the user requirements. Go to week 5

WEEK 6 'Curate': This week introduces the principle of the open licensing of online content and the relevance of Open Educational Resources to Curriculum and Learning Design. Go to week 6

WEEK 7 'Evaluate': Evaluation of learning designs is critically important. This week is specifically designed to establish evaluation as a key strategy throughout the learning design process. Go to week 7

WEEK 8 'Reflect': This week we will step back and reflect on the concepts discussed so far and consider the wider perspective, including the theoretical underpinnings of learning design. Go to week 8

WEEK 9 'Plenary': This final week will provide opportunities to review your learning and plan any next steps in developing your curriculum and learning design practice. Go to week 9

Learning Activities / Implementation

See step by step guide in the Description.

Country of originUnited Kingdom
Language of the practiceEnglish
Website relatedhttp://www.olds.ac.uk/
Status of the practiceFinal
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Area of good practice
  • ICT enabled learning - Using digital resources for face-to-face classroom practice & for online learning/blended classroom practice
  • Quality and Assessment - Using digital resources to better assess learning
This practice is
Transferable, Adaptability, Innovative, Acceptability, Impact, Effectiveness, Availability

About the author

Name of contributorOpen Learning Design Studio
Affiliation of contributor Group result
Institution where this practice was implemented
Contact e-mailsuba@eden-online.org