Instructional Design & MOOCs: A Perfect Storm

Larnaca, meet the MOOCs; MOOC’s, meet Lamarca. I almost forgot about this post/share, “Quick review of the Larnaca Learning Design Declaration,” from OLDaily in drafts.  Forgetting about drafts happens way too often but could be serendipity this time, pairing up for comparison with Geof Cain’s Brainstorm in Progress post, “MOOCs: Why Do We need Instructional Design?“, recently shared on et tu mooc

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OK, I have to admit, my first thought on encountering this was to wonder why there would need to be a declaration on learning design. But the Larnaca Declaration is just that (though you’ll need to click on a link to an MS-Word document to read it (PDF here)). It suggests an analogy by which we should understand learning design: musical notation. “The purpose of creating musical notation was not simply the abstract concept of music representation; rather, it was a vehicle for conveying great musical ideas to others.”

Part 2 offers a good history of learning design (there’s a ‘clip-and-save’ table on page 7) while part 3 looks at the problem “that the foundational ideas and definitions are not sufficiently clear” in the field, including the bugbear of “pedagogical neutrality”. The Declaration then turns to the ‘Learning Design Conceptual Map’, which is an attempt to extablish a common framework for describing learning designs. I’m thinking maybe they should call it ‘teaching design’, since the focus is on the teacher as, if you will, maestro

from Stephen’s Web ~ OLDaily via Quick review of the Larnaca Learning Design Declaration.

PS the other lesson was a reminder to keep comments shorter since link blogging on Tumblr is always an automatic redirect


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