Today is the beginning of another MOOC that I have signed up for. Why have I signed up? Partly because I have a passion for history and partly because I have a passion for technology-enhanced learning. This MOOC ‘England in the time of King Richard III’ via the Universty of Leicester therefore enables me to read/listen/think about a subject of personal interest to me whilst contemplating the process of learning via a MOOC.
I find FutureLearn’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) layout and design to be refresingly clear, visual and easy to follow.
Each week’s content is divided into small, numbered, sections e.g. 1.1, 1.2, etc and the one I need to work on is coloured in pink which helps know exactly where I am. I like to know what’s coming up (so that I can plan ahead) and therefore really appreciate having access to the future learning blocks (via the WEEK 2, WEEK 3 links).
Having just watched the welcome video (1.1.) there is a sense of satisfaction that 1.1 has turned from pink to blue (denoting completion). The use of colour in this way is so simple and yet makes it so clear; I know what I have done (blue), what I should be doing next (pink) and in the future (white).
This scaffolding and design should be enormously helpful as I dip in and out of the website because time is precious and I won’t waste any time by having to work out what to do next.