Archive for April, 2013

I’m failing my MOOC!

Posted: April 23, 2013 in Moodle MOOC posts

A testimony of a teacher that experienced to enroll in a MOOC on the subject he teaches, ti have the flavour of a student’s perspective –

An extensive article of Jonathan Nadler on the impact of MOOCs in HE as of technology in many sectors, jeopardizing many jobs –

El Libro sobre PLE

Posted: April 23, 2013 in Moodle MOOC posts
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A spanish open ebook on PLE –

El libro PLE

El libro PLE

A long reflection on the nature of MOOCs. Why xMOOCs attract more participants than cMOOCs. A matter of «brand» and elite institutions that promote xMOOCs. How much more interesting and enriching can become cMOOCs?

I’ve just finished copying my previous MOOCs Posterous Space to WordPress.

Unlike what had been suggested by Posterous, importing an XML file with its backup to WordPress, I didn’t succeed and decided to copy post by post, since Posterous is closing down by the end of this month (30th April 2013).

I think that these practices of closing down, leaving no access, for reasons of business, are very unethical. I understand that we are using a service for free but still what the users have made available belongs to  them and should be preserved.

It has been a huge waste of time, since I had also another space in Posterous with contents regarding my Ph.D course.

I’m really angry at Posterous!

8 March 2013

This week’s learning outcomes were:

  • Use design narratives to reflect back on the journey you have completed, your goals and achievements, and what you’ve learnt along the way.
  • Compare the use of representations, tools and methodologies within the OLDS-MOOC activities
  • Discuss the key challenges of learning design and how the field might develop

Professors: Professor Gráinne Conole from the Beyond Distance Research Alliance at the University of Leicester, Professor James Dalziel from Macquarie University and Dr Yishay Mor from The Open University.

I have produced two narratives:


In my OER project I have planned a topic on Learning Design,  in which I have included some of the tools and resources used in OLDS MOOC.

I have produced a learning unit on OER in UDUTU LMS. As this learning unit is addressed to teachers with SEN pupils, the accessibilities issues and universal design for learning will be highlighted as well. The goal is to raise awareness for the many free tools and resources that exist and where to find them, to readapt or to create new ones according to the needs of pupils. Learning objects are intended to be produced by teachers along this learning unit. As a final deliverable we’ll have an aggregation of individual eportfolios and activities/products created by participants.

As the narratives I’ve produced in cloudworks and some of the comments are quite extensive, I think that this week 8 reflection is quite comprehensive and a detailed wiki was produced embracing all in:

 28 February 2013

This week learning objectives were focused on formative evaluation of learning design.

Differences between assessment (learners achievements) and evaluation (course, learning units evaluation) were clarified.

The paper «Learning Design and Formative Evaluation» was a good basis to address formative evaluation, decisions and questions to make along the process of design for learning, criteria for formative evaluation ( functionality, appeal, usability, accessibility, effectiveness), different methods for formative evaluation (peer review, expert review, learner review, usability testing, prototype testing).

A toolkit of evaluation templates and guides were provided by Prof. Reeves that have practical interest –,.

The evaluation plan was applied to my project OER, described in Cloudworks –

Prof. Reeves gave feedback and suggestions to evaluate my project.

A wiki was produced for this week, as a compilation of my readings and tasks –

20 February 2013

This week goals were to explore repositories of OER and «methods of finding and identifying OER, how they differ from the mass of online content as well as the many ways they can be incorporated into learning designs.»

OER repositories were delivered in the resources for this week and activities of searching OER related to participant’s projects were proposed. Issues of copyright were addressed and creative commons licences were highlighted. The discussion in Hangout focused on OER licences and copyrights controversy.

The results for my searches in the proposed repositories were descriminated in my wiki –

Most of these repositories are not very easy and efficient to explore and comparing to Google Search Engine we may get frustrated with time consuming and not getting the results we were looking for. But those repositories are rich sources of materials that we should retain.

The ideal is to organize one’s own thematic repositories using curation tools, such as Livebinders, Pinterest, Pearltrees, Vidque, etc, and one can also organize directories of files in one’s computer.

Often we adapt and remix resources we find in the Internet using free tools that helps to transform them. In my wiki I include some recent experiences with illustrations (some I’ve used in my project) with Photovisi backgrounds remixing other images from Dreamstime. I’ve also embedded in my wiki some video clips reusing VideoBlocks with OnetrueMedia, as illustration of education quotes and animated big titles. The possibilities are immense. One has to dedicate much time in these experimentations, but graphic design has always motivated me.
I’ve added some comments on this week’s Hangout  regarding OER licences and copyright issues in the cloudscape –

12 Fevereiro 2013

WEEK 5 was dedicated to prototyping, culminating with the application of many of the tools experimented in previous weeks. As my project «OER module for teacher training» was decided since the beginning of OLDS MOOC, I’ve collected some of the work developed before.

I’ve created a new wiki for WEEK 5 and put together my prototyp:

As suggested by prof. Laurillard, I joined the cloudscape discussion – – and added my own cloud – . I’ve posted some comments on other colleague’s prototypes.

My OER module in UDUTU LMS is taking shape but there’s still much work to do. I keep revising what is already available and progress is not so fast as I wished. I have the course outline completed . Topic 1 – «’Open’ concept and copyright/digital commons» is also ready.



‘ve started working on Topic 2 – Learning Design and Universal Design for Learning. I’m going to take some of the tools we have experimented in OLDS MOOC to apply in the activities I’m going to suggest for creation of learning units.

As the target teachers of OER module are those that deal with SEN pupils, universal design and accessibilities will be addressed.

CAST has a nice free tool «Book Builder» that has accessible features incorporated, a talking synthetizer – It has also models for Lesson Builder –

Example – Rocks and their properties –

The OER Module will include a third topic on «creation, reuse and remix OER» where we’ll explore repositories of resources in the public domain, suggesting activities to create new accessible OERs.

Remark: This week, I’ve got my 3rd badge «Resource Gatherer»

CONNECT – Design Principles and Design Pedagogical Patterns

This week what interested me the most was the use of PPC (Pedagogical Pattern Collector) tool and trying to adapt some of the existing patterns and examples of activities planning to new ones.

<p><a href=”″>Pedagogical Pattern Collector user guide – Part 1</a> from <a href=”″>LDSE</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


I think that PPC tool has some potential and may help to plan activities, even if the starting point gets completely altered.

As in previous week I made a wiki aggregating some information and individual work with PPC tool, designing activities on «Copyright-Creative Commons»; «Multiple Intelligences Theory»; «Open concept»:

Regarding the Design Principles Database, though it’s interesting to read the context and framework of the learning activities (and ther’s a lot of them) and the different project sites they are linked to, some of these like Pixysystems seem outdated  (the design interface looks like old stuff), some of the URLs are also broken. So, the one I’ve explored was Cases site (Curriculum Access System
for Elementary Science) where we can find learning units/lesson plans structures with extensive descriptions such as this example:

How does a hot air balloon work? –

I was impressed with the high quality of the design of these learning units, following an inquiry based approach –

This post is also available in my learning journal in Cloudworks –