Author: Andres OrdoricaAndrés Ordorica is a learning designer and creative writer. He has designed online learning for the private sector, further education and now HE. He co-designs the online MicroMasters for Distance Learning at Scale. He is a huge advocate of democratic approaches to education and promotes accessible and inclusive learning models. He is a trustee of Artlink Edinburgh and a published writer and arts journalist.
The University’s first massive open online course or MOOC launched in 2013. Ten years on the service behind short online courses continues to go strength for strength. To mark ten years of designing engaging online learning and helping produce over 100 MOOCs, some of the team members of the Online Course Production Service have shared […]
With an ever-increasing demand for online learning, more and more educators are relying on the power of video to share their teaching far and wide. But, before recording every possible lecture or bit of content, we should take pause and consider the ‘why’ and ‘when’ of using video. Bearing in mind that creating video content […]
Online Course Production and Educational Design and Engagement are hosting three events as part of the University’s first Digital Skills Festival. Digital Skills and Training are hosting a programme of online digital skills events. These are free to attend for all University staff and students. The festival takes place during the week of Monday 24 […]
The written word is a powerful communication tool. For short online courses, it is how we share learning materials, build community, and create instructor presence. Online courses use a mixture of reading and listening coupled with more interactive learning like discussion forums, multiple choice quizzes, and reflective exercises. This means the learner’s overall experience is […]
Discussion is a powerful tool for online learning. It can help foster a sense of community and encourage peer to peer interaction and improve learner engagement. Discussion can take the form of debate or reflective sharing, giving learners the opportunity to expand upon and clarify their understanding of key ideas. It moves beyond more passive […]
The posters are up. The streets are filled to the brim. Performers are eagerly handing out fliers left and right. Last-minute tech rehearsals are happening all over the city. It’s August in Edinburgh. That means we have multiples festivals happening all at once and an influx of people who are all here for one thing: […]
Have you ever had a moment while watching the news, or an advert, and felt like you missed what was said? It’s an odd sensation and can totally change your understanding of what you see. Now imagine if that happened over and over again. What things might you miss out on? What context would you […]