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Welcome to week 3

posted Jan 24, 2013, 1:28 AM by Rebecca Galley   [ updated Jan 25, 2013, 7:36 AM by Anna Page ]
Hello all and welcome to week 3 of the OLDS-MOOC.

This week you will focus on finding, exploring and using a number of textual and visual representations of the curriculum, and some associated tools, which aim to support the 'ideate' stage of the learning/ curriculum design process. That is, the generation and selection of design ideas and solutions to some emerging design problems. You will also have the opportunity to work towards the 3 Week badge (or 1 Week if you haven't yet applied for that) and the Resource Gatherer.

In part, what these learning design approaches and tools attempt to do is provide us with a shared language to explore, describe, discuss and share 'important' concepts and practices. We put 'important' in inverted commas because clearly different aspects of the curriculum will be important to different people. And there are any number of ways of representing the curriculum - some of you may already use standardised tools in your work whether these are schemes of work and session plans, diagrams and flow charts, storyboards, inventories or checklists. As you work through this week you might find it interesting to compare these with some of the representations, tools and resources you try out this week. You will find that different representations open up different parts of the curriculum for scrutiny, and by their nature hide others. Later in the week you will begin to put together a 'toolkit' of resources and tools which you find useful in your context, for example those that reveal parts of the curriculum hidden by the tools you currently use but that you decide are important.

At the week 2 Converge session, Penny spoke about her experience of hearing new and unfamiliar vocabulary used to describe practices that were routine to a practicing teacher - we unashamedly admit that there will be more of that this week. We would argue that our design language and design practice necessarily develop together as new words enable us to discuss and explore familiar concepts and practices in new and (potentially) transformative ways. To quote the well quoted Voygotski (1986, p.218)
     "Thought is not merely expressed in words; it comes into existence through them"
We hope you enjoy this week and look forward to meeting you online.
Rebecca and Gráinne