Friday, 7 February 2014

A Learning Design MOOC (Carpe Diem MOOC)

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Swinburne University of Technology, in Australia is about to run a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on learning design. This course has been designed for anyone interested in improving learning and teaching, including teachers, tutors academics, educational technologists, learning designers, librarians and instructional designers.

Using an agile and rapid course development method, participants will be encouraged to be innovative, with the aim of future-proofing student learning. The participants will learn to use their existing Learning Resources, Learning Management System, Virtual Learning Environment and other collaborative tools to design scaffolded student activity,  enabling small teams to design a learning course once, and deliver it many times.

Completion of the MOOC will provide participants with:

·         The ability to create fast and effective learning design
·         Sound experience collaboratively working online
·         Skills to design online learning activities to engage participants
·         The ability to reflect on learning design and apply to practice.

Instructors Professors Gilly Salmon and Janet Gregory, along with Dr Kulari Lokuge Dona, will run the course over six consecutive weeks, beginning DAY 10th March – 17th April 2014. Participants would be expected to invest around three to four hours per week.

Dates:  10th March – 17th April 2014
Format:  online
Cost:  Free

More information:

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Interactive Educational Toys for Kids

How kids play is also changing, like many other things that have changed with technology. Qboo is an interactive educational tablet application for kids, with a bunch of smart plush toys. These plush toys can be used to lead kids to a magical world of farm animals revealing their secrets and whereabouts. Kreyonic

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Open Badges

Mozilla Open Badges is a the place to start reading about the open Badges concept.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

All about Open Badges

A great article about open badges:

it explains what badges are, how to use them who uses them and how we can start creating and using them. Great staring point for Open Badges with Mozilla.

Mozilla Backpack information can be found at
with credly that is a badge creation site.

The badge design/creation requires more thinking and planning: Carla shared the spread sheet with the steps:
Badge system design worksheet
Please make a copy of this document and then jump right in!

her ideas:
Questions to ask when building your badge system
  • impact / change
    • what are the proposed or imagined social, professional, or personal impacts of the badge system 
    • how will it change or alter individual or group trajectories?
  • commitment
    • what's the badge system owner's commitment to long term implementation
    •  is it fully funded, does it have enough financial support to remain viable, is the team strong enough to carry it through? where are the potential trouble spots?
  • connectivity / correlation with other existing systems 
    • will this create connective tissue within the ecosystem or create a new branch of the ecosystem that others can build upon?
  • flexibility of stakeholders / system to taking new approaches 
    • can we try something new or are we recreating existing power structures?

Badge Camp:

Make Waves:



Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials
Session 2: Badge Fundamentals

On Monday, our second live session of the #openbadgesMOOC, New Currency for Professional Credentials was streamed on Blackboard Collaborate. Having discussed the concept of “openness” and the...

Saturday, 14 September 2013


Open Badges for education and work environments has created a new buzz in the education industry. The course developers, designers educators are all thinking how they could leverage through the concept of "Badging".

Before we try to check how badges can be used, it is a good idea to learn what these badges mean and how they are related to teaching and learning.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Engaging students

Engaging student is one of the major topics that we discuss these days. We talk about flipped classrooms, active based learning, problem solving learning activities and project based learning. is a project that University of South Australia has begun with OLT funds as a project that is investigating design as a catalyst for engaging students in creative problem solving.

The project methodology, tools, and case studies can be found on the website.