Return of the OLDS mooc

I am going to try to follow the structure of the OLDS mooc for a second time. So this is the first week of nine. There were a few things I failed to follow up. Also I failed to raise some aspects and make links with other situations/ sites.

Design science is still a major point of interest. It connects with quality and management. I found there was not much discussion about the implications of mooc technology for universities and other education sites. Why are they still investing in buildings for example? Disruption is possibly an issue quite soon.

Quality relates to design science but it has had difficulty fitting into academic discussion. One problem is that much of the literature is not just "prescriptive" but suggests too much possibility for projects to succeed. This is being read by managers after all in most cases and so some optimism is part of the mix. Academic theory includes a fair share of the darjk side and disaster. Mostly it is fairly credible. Over this next few weeks I will try to include a version of quality theory that includes explanation of how organisations fail. There could be a similar take on learning organisations and non-learning organisations. Especially in the UK, the learning organisation went off the agenda about a decade ago. I think this is why the #mtw3 , Management Theory at Work 3 , is worth looking at again. But my style may be more like a blog than a paper.

There could have been more on the OLDS mooc about action learning. it kept turning up, but I don't remember much in the list of theories. I know there are groups on LinkedIn so will try to post across some topics.

The Guardian recently had an article with doubts about the mooc and Futurelearn in particular. I think there could be more actual reporting of the university locations where involvement in Futurelearn has been announced. I will be in Lancaster next week so will have a look. The Learning Zone is a focus. Here in Exeter there is a technology resource as part of the Forum. Through the web any mooc resource is available anywhere so it will be interesting to see what opinions there are. I think some form of blended learning is what works best. The "mooc" is getting attention but my scope will include all the technologies and ways of describing them over the last decade or so. For "continuing education" or whatever you want to call it the mooc can be part of other conversations.

My own network includes the Wild Show, Phonic FM on a Thursday morning. It is mostly music so I may postpone learning theory till our coffee break around noon in the Phoenix bar. If you are in Exeter please join us.