Andrew Brasher, Simon Cross and Rebecca Galley: CompendiumLD

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Yishay Mor
5 October 2011

CompendiumLD is a software tool for designing learning activities using a flexible visual interface. This paper introduces CompendiumLD, and describes aspects of its development and use in practice. It concludes by describing some features which will be available in a new version which will be released by the the time the ASLD 2011 workshop occurs.

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Installation instructions

Mac / Windows / Linux installer downloadable from: http://compendiumld.open.ac.uk/download.cfm

A beta of a newer version will be available for the workshop

Yishay Mor
16:48 on 11 October 2011

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Helen Walmsley-Smith
9:36am 14 October 2011


I tried to develop a 'back of an envelope' basic learning design with Compendium. I've seen this tool some time ago, but not used it for some time. I was intersted in seeing the level of support and guidance that the tool offered when devleloping a design.

The mind-map structure is open and invites a creative response to the design, but some designers my find this lack of structure limiting. There are some stencils, or sample templates to use to guide the planning. The separate components of the design, tasks, resources etc, are indicated by icons that can be moved around the screen and linked together. This allows for easy exploration and revision of the design.

The output is a mind-map of the design that is clearer and could be shared with colleagues for annotation and editing.

Donatella Persico
9:51am 14 October 2011


I also tried to use compendium LD to represent a LD I have used last year with my students. It was the first time I uses this tool. I agree with Helen that the freedom in choosing tools and placing them in white space is almost intimidating for a beginner. You do not really know what you are supposed to write in each node of the mind map you are expected to build. But after I saw one example from the tutorial, I undestood that one good way to organise the LD (possibly not the only one) is to use the orizontal dimention to specify the objectives, sub objectives, the actors involved, the tasks to be carried out and the resouces needed, while you can use the vertical dimension to represent the time dimension. All in all, I think this way to represent does have advantages with respect to more verbal approaches: it perhaps takes more time to learn to use it, but the final result is more "readable".

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