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Tool: Pedagogical Pattern Collector

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Yishay Mor
28 June 2011

The Pedagogical Patterns Collector suite of tools enables teachers to share their good teaching ideas. It is intended to help a subject teacher see how a particular pedagogic approach can be migrated successfully across different topics. There are sample patterns to browse and edit, or you can design your own from scratch.  This is an output from the TLRP-TEL research project on a learning design support environment for teachers and lecturers, funded by the ESRC-EPSRC .

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Mark Johnstone
5:18pm 31 January 2013

All links to this tool I have found are shortened through tinyurl. This site is blocked in Saudi Arabia, and likely in other coutries where authorities attempt to restrict access to certain sites by url.


Niall Watts
5:43pm 31 January 2013 (Edited 6:05pm 31 January 2013)

The "Classroom Teaching Instance" is on the bottom right of the ‘Understanding authentic practice’ pattern page.  I took a few minutes to find it!

Then the instance text  appears in main window where it is not noticeably different from the previous text. Also took a few minutes to spot as I was expecting something new to open

I also found the blue text that is NOT hyperlinks is rather confusing.

Learning types in PPC are Read/Watch/Listen, Investigate/Inquire, Discuss, Practice, Share/Collaborate, Produce. I suppose:

Read/Watch/Listen == Acquisition
Share/Collaborate == ??

as in Activity 1.2 in

Or maybe they are not supposed to match up?

Time to stop for tonight!





Diana Laurilllard
9:54pm 31 January 2013

Mark would you try this link to the PPC: - does this work?

Diana Laurilllard
10:04pm 31 January 2013

Yes Niall, 'Read, Watch, Listen' = Acquisition.

'Share/Collaborate' remains a dilemma. It is essentially a combination of 'Discuss' + 'Produce', since there is a product that comes from collaboration, and it needs discussion to get to that. Also, having to produce a shared product gives a focus to the discussion. So 'Collaborate' is an important and valuable type of learning. But it is essentially a combination. And there are many possible combinations of the five basic types (acquisition, inquiry, practice, discussion, production), so why privilege that one? On the other hand, people expect to see 'Collaborate' as a distinctive learning type.

We've never properly resolved this issue, and views differ as to what is the best resolution. I favour just 5 types of learning, keeping it simple, and combining them as you wish, so leaving out 'collaborate' - but the jury is still out.

What do you think?


Niall Watts
10:16am 1 February 2013


Thanks for your clarification. I prefer to keep it simple too. Consistency of naming is important - otherwise it id difficult to follow


Ebba Ossiannilsson
1:37pm 3 February 2013

Raterh difficult to cope with, the videa is very complicated to follow

Alice (Xin) Huang
6:44am 4 February 2013

Is PPC tool open souce? I quite like this tool, it definately will help learning designer to share their design across different subjects. I am wondering is it possible to install PPC into our own sysmtem? 


Xin (Alice)

Dejan Ljubojevic
7:32am 4 February 2013

Hi Alice, The PPC is not open source only because the time frame for development was tight to develop and document the code in accordance with open source standards. However, the tool is a available for installation (together with a short guide how to set up) and I will be arranging with Diana shortly to make this available to you. Best Dejan

Alice (Xin) Huang
12:24am 5 February 2013

Thanks Dejan !!!

Best regards,


Marie Arndt
5:30pm 12 February 2013

Hi Dejan,


I think we would all like to be able to use the PPC after the MOOC is over. I certainly found it very useful , despite teething problems.


Many thanks,



Dejan Ljubojevic
12:54pm 18 February 2013

Dear Marie and all of you MOOC-ers, 

The PPC is now available for download at:

Please note this download is only if you'd like to try running your own PPC 'installation' - collection on your institutional server. If you just want to continue using the PPC, in the way you have been using in the MOOC, it will remain at indefinitely.  


Colin Brown
4:22pm 6 April 2013


Not sure if this is the place to ask.  But, I'm using the PPC in H800 and I really like it.  I can't seem to get new content to 'save' from the designer to the abstractor.  Should I be doing most of this in the broswer?


Dejan Ljubojevic
12:54pm 7 April 2013

Hi Colin, I am not sure I understand your question. There are three screens in the PPC, these are Browser, Designer, and Abstractor... - Browser enables you to browse and adopt PPC default pedagogical patterns and the User Generated Patterns collection. - Designer enables you to adapt patterns that you may have adopted in the Browser screen, or, you can design from scratch your new design instance. It is at this point that you can *save* the design instance on your hard drive as a backup. - Abstractor provides you with tools to abstract your design instance you designed/adapted in the Designer screen and if you are satisfied with the way it looks you can share (therefore save) your pattern from the Abstractor screen into the User Generated Patterns collection - when you *share* your pattern is then visible/accessible in the Browser screen. There is an option in the Abstractor screen to *save* the abstraction on your computer's hard drive, this is only accessible in the Abstractor screen thereafter, that is you cannot load from computer's hard drive into the Abstractor and have it then appear in the Designer screen. I advise you to watch the video tutorial on the PPC home page if you haven't done so already. I hope this helps. Regards Dejan

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