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3rd Workshop: MOOC Design - a Writers' Workshop

posted Sep 13, 2014, 8:33 AM by Yishay Mor   [ updated Feb 7, 2015, 4:14 AM by Steven Warburton ]

Rescheduled to: Friday, 16th January 2015, London Knowledge Lab

As the MOOC hype settles, and we start climbing "the slope of enlightenment", a body of knowledge is shaping on how to design MOOCs for effective and efficient teaching and learning experiences. The aim of the MOOC design project is to begin consolidating this knowledge into a semi-structured coherent and robust design language. 
Our previous workshops brought together a variety of MOOC designers, facilitators and participants, and engaged them in a process of collaborative reflection - which led to the articulation of their insights in a set of design narratives and design patterns. The aim of this workshop is to refine those narratives and patterns, and bring them to publishable form. To this end, we will follow a modified version of the writers' workshop model. As the Hillside site notes

The writers workshop format is a particularly effective method to review, evaluate, and improve pattern descriptions. The general structure of a writers workshop has a group of "discussants'' read the paper carefully before the session. During the workshop the discussants examine the strengths and weaknesses of each paper, accentuating positive aspects and suggesting improvements in content and style.

At the end of the workshop, we will consider a range of publication options. While we expect most of the contributions to come from the participants of previous workshops, we are open to new contributions - as long as these address the themes of the project and follow the form and structure below.

Dates and Submission

DeadlineMonday, 5th January 2015
Notification:  Within one week of submission (submit earlier - and you will be notified earlier)
ShepherdingFrom notification until the workshop date
Workshop: 16th January 2015 
Please submit your papers via:
Please register via email to: s.warburton[AT]

Submission guidelines

Length  4000-8000 words
Structure Papers should include
  • Title
  • Authors names and affiliations
  • Licence copyright / creative commons (preferred)
  • Abstract 150 words
  • Introduction problem statement, theoretical framework, review of the relevant literature
  • 1-3 Design Narratives a brief summary of the narratives, and a link to the detailed version on ILDE.
  • 1-3 Design Patterns  a brief summary of the narratives, and a link to the detailed version on ILDE.
  • Discussion
  • References
Format: Word, pdf, or OpenOffice documents. We do not have a template or a style guide. Please use APA or Harvard for references.
We do not provide a template or require a strict style, but if you want to get a sense of what a pattern paper looks like you can browse through the proceedings of the EuroPLoP conferences, which provide examples of "classical" pattern papers and the the Practical Design Patterns book (the first 60 pages are available as a free download).

Steven Warburton, Patricia Charlton, Yishay Mor

Shepherds / Programme Committee
Yishay Mor
Steven Warburton
Stylianos Hatzipanagos
Christian Kohls
Christian Köppe

References and links

Bayne, S. & Ross, J. (2014), 'The pedagogy of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): the UK view' , Technical report, Higher Education Academy .

Bentley, P.; Crump, H.; Cuffe, P.; Gniadek, I.; Jamieson, B.; MacNeill, S. & Mor, Y. (2014), Signals of Success and Self-directed Learningin Ulrike Cress & Carlos Delgado Kloos, ed., 'Proceedings of the European MOOC Stakeholder Summit 2014' , pp. 18-25 .

Coplien, J. O. (1997), A pattern language for writers' workshopsin 'Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Pattern Languages of Programming (EuroPLoP '97). Siemens Technical Report 120/SW1/FB', Siemens, Munich, Germany, pp. 51-60.

Ferguson, R. & Sharples, M. (2014), Innovative Pedagogy at Massive Scale: Teaching and Learning in MOOCs In: 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2014): Open Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities , 16-19 September 2014, Graz, Austria (Forthcoming), Springer International Publishing, pp. 98–111.

Gabriel, R. P. (2007), 'Writers' Workshops As Scientific Methodology'.

Gabriel, R. P. (2002), Writer's Workshops and the Work of Making Things, Addison-Wesley Longman Publishing Co., Inc. Boston, MA, USA

Liyanagunawardena, T. R.; Adams, A. A. & Williams, S. A. (2013), 'MOOCs: A systematic study of the published literature 2008-2012', The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning14 (3) , 202-227 .

Mor, Y. & Warburton, S. (2014), Assessing the value of design narratives, patterns and scenarios in scaffolding co-design processes in the domain of technology enhanced learningin Sian Bayne; Chris Jones; Maarten de Laat; Thomas Ryberg & Christine Sinclair, ed., 'Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Networked Learning 2014'.

Mor, Y.; Mellar, H.; Warburton, S. & Winters, N., ed. (2014), Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology , Sense , Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei .

Mor, Y. (2013), SNaP! Re-using, sharing and communicating designs and design knowledge using Scenarios, Narratives and Patternsin Rosemary Luckin; Peter Goodyear; Barbara Grabowski; Sadhana Puntambekar; Niall Winters & Joshua Underwood, ed., 'Handbook of Design in Educational Technology' , Routledge, , pp. 189-200 .

Mor, Y.; Warburton, S. & Winters, N. (2012), 'Participatory Pattern Workshops: A Methodology for Open Learning Design Inquiry', Research in Learning Technology 20.