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4th Workshop: RIDE 2015 - Rapid design workshop session

The aim of this session at the RIDE 2015 conference is to give you an opportunity to use design patterns as design prompts for developing a [Massive] Open Online Course. 

In the session you will:
  • hear about the MOOC design patterns project, including the underlying Participatory Patterns Workshop approach;
  • build your own design scenario around a potential MOOC project;
  • access MOOC design patterns to address the challenges in building your MOOC;
  • explore, use and contribute to the "Integrated Learning DesignEnvironment" (ILDE) support tool created by the METIS project.

The rapid design cycle:


This session will access online materials but non-digital materials (papers, pens and post-its) will also be available.

Timings for the session:

In advance - setting up two accounts:
  • It would be useful if you can create an account on the ILDE environment at 
  • This will allow you to browse and comment on the project design patterns, narratives and scenarios online, and you can even add your own if you wish.
  • We are also suggesting the use of 'Popplet' for carrying out an online design activity. You can create an account here

Activity 1 - 10 minutes
  • Icebreaker - sketch your dream MOOC - show to others near you, match up with someone and create a small team or pair (you can take a photo to upload into the ILDE later)
Activity 2 - 10 minutes
  • Create your micro design scenario using the following headings:
    1. Name - what's your MOOC called?
    2. Where, Who?
    3. What?
    4. How ?- what are the major challenges you face?
    5. Success? - how will you know that your efforts were successful?

Actvity 3 - 5 minutes
  • 'How to Ruin a MOOC'
  • Make a bullet point list of five ways you could ruin your MOOC. 
  • Discuss with at least one set of neighbours.
  • Adjust the challenges in your micro scenario accordingly (these bullets should have helped you focus your refine your challenges).

Activity 4 - 30-40 minutes
  • Explore the design pattern library and choose those that seem relevant to your design.
  • The list of design patterns is located here.
  • Choose the design patterns that fit with your MOOC design challenge. Map/link together the set of design patterns that work for your MOOC project (as outlined in the micro design scenario).
  • Create a micro design statement - see an example here
  • Are there design areas that are missing? Maybe you can suggest a potential pattern?
  • Comment on the patterns. What would make them better?
  • We are suggesting 'Popplet' as an online tool for carrying out this design activity. You can create an account here (you can also use paper if you prefer).
  • The use of tools like Popplet and Padlet are captured in one of the project design patterns - Sharing Wall

Activity 5 - 10 minutes
We have attempted a rapid design process used design patterns. Let's take a moment to reflect on the process of using design patterns as a design tool/scaffold/prompt.
  • Feedback on your MOOC design process.
  • What was good?
  • What could be better?
  • If I had one suggestion it would be ...

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