Open Educational Resources and Practices

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A line drawing of an apple tree, is several different framed compositions on the one page

Featured image: Theory and practice of teaching art by Arthur Dow 1857-1922 Open Educational Resources (OER) and Practices (OEP) are one of the specialities within the College of Design and Social Context’s Digital Learning team. We have a combined 50 years experience in the field. This post is prepared primarily for the RMIT Library, who in recent meetings have expressed interest … Read More

Designing a digital learning environment for higher education

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Habitat change

This presentation was given at the RMIT University Learning and Teaching Conference 2016 held on the 24th and 25th of October in Melbourne. The presentation describes some of the key concepts involved in designing and creating a next generation digital learning environment. Once you start the video you can navigate the interactive transcript below to skip to the parts that … Read More

Tea for Two: Comparing two Songwriting MOOCs

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In my spare time earlier this year, I did a couple of xMOOCs. Yes I know, “Howard get a life!” I was interested to learn about songwriting and after a Google search discovered songwriting courses from Coursera and FutureLearn were starting concurrently. This presented me with a good opportunity to learn a bit more widely and at the same time … Read More

Scoping the Global Logistics of Sustainable Fashion MOOC

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Ben Stranieri and I have been looking at how an introductory MOOC could be shaped from his current logistics in fashion and textiles course. The course is the associate degree in Global Logistics (from 2017 the title will be Global Impacts: Fashion Merchandise). . After initial interest from Ben we were given permission to scope the possibilities. RMIT School … Read More

Designing an advanced online learning environment for higher education


Assessment, Constructive alignment, Current thinking in learning design, Experience, Featured, Flexible learning, General, Learning analytics, Learning Management Systems, LMS, Micro credentialling, Mobile learning, MOOCs, Open education resources, Portfolios, Social learning, Student as producer, Student response, Systems, Video learning, Workplace based learning 4 Comments

Ice spiral

We’ve been thinking a lot about learning environments in higher education, and have started to develop a set of design principles

Creative Commons Images

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At one point in time, we’ve all needed an image for either a presentation, a course website – or for something like this, a blog post – and the first thing that comes to mind is to just grab one out of a Google search. The majority of these images are copyrighted “All Rights Reserved” and you’re obliged to get written permission to use such … Read More

Exploring the making of a MOOC

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RMIT recently launched a new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) partnership (as my colleague Howard previously wrote about on this blog). Academic staff within DSC are now developing two MOOCs for  FutureLearn, the UK-based platform launched by Open Universities in 2013, and I am very fortunate to be the educational developer on these two projects. MOOCs are a sort of celebrity in … Read More

The FutureLearn is Already Here?

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FutureLearn has arrived at RMIT. Two subject areas, one in the School of Media and Communications and one in Global Urban and Social Studies, have been selected for the first two MOOCs. The first is appropriately, Design Futures with Jeremy Yuille and Marius Foley, which evokes and includes as part of the design learning, the William Gibson quote: “The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed”.