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Yishay Mor
2 October 2011





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Although not presented in the workshop, another pattern-based LD tool, intended for collaborative learning, is WebInstanceCollage.

Luis P. Prieto
14:06 on 14 October 2011 (Edited 10:29 on 18 October 2011)

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Gráinne Conole
8:35am 11 October 2011

What other tools are we going to look at? Diane's learning designer perhaps? Also WebCollage? 

Davinia HL
11:47am 12 October 2011 (Edited 1:11pm 14 October 2011)

I think that I will be able to show LdShake integrating WebCollage.

* demo site:
* integrating several editors, including WebCollage:

(this is the link to the paper I presented in the "tool & resources" session)
For both a guest account is:
user: testuser
psswd: usertest
But you can also register to the sites!

Diana Laurilllard
10:57am 14 October 2011

Notes on the Plenary (Diana)

Promulgating learning design tools

We need the time to understand someone else’s tool

We are in a similar position to VLE tools some years ago – people do need time to understand a complex tool

We must provide designs produced by our tools – exchange and adopt in each others’ tools.

We have to influence the teachers - they are our audience. We ned a pool of scenarios that can be instantiated in all our tools. This might help us to converge our approaches, or see how better represent a pattern. It will give us a common pool of test cases, and that will help us see the commonality in our approaches.

There are already many patterns in IMS LD at the Open University of the Netherlands.

So we should plan to do this over the weekend, and begin to build this set of common scenarios.

So we take one learning scenario and see how it could be represented in each tool.

This is what we did in iCAL 2006 to try this - not that successful - but now the tools have developed further. Now we can try it again.

Diana Laurilllard
10:59am 14 October 2011

Notes on the Plenary (ctd)

We are trying to see teachers as collaborative learners, and through our tools we are transforming teachers as learners.


Diana Laurilllard
12:05pm 14 October 2011

We all need more time.for playing with these ideas and each others' design tools

We all need to work with each others tools

Notes on the Plenary - Reflections on future directions (ctd)

Good to have the mix of pedagogical ideas and practice with tools and designs

Hard to engage teachers in these tools - they are difficult - difficult also to change teachers - teaching in HE very traditional still - so we need to change the system as well. But tools are powerful means for changing human behaviour.

Workshops with practitioners - need to share our knowledge in terms of patterns of ways of doing this - maybe share these by implementing them in our design tools and sharing that way

Hands-on experience is the way you really come to understand it.

Very important to use your own tools to design your own learning. Implementing others' learning designs helps to challenge any assumptions they make.

The time has come for us to share as well - this variety of tools and approaches is good, but we can learn a lot from each other. We must exchange our approaches.

It's using the tools that is so enjoyable.

Are we addressing a problem that doesn't exist? - yes, and no

Technology for teachers is like a parachute - if it doesn't work the first time they're not likely to use it again

The voice of practice is important to hear about in these workshops.

Being online does not necessarily make it especially innovative, and teachers need help with this.

Good to see the design for the workshop at the start (the jigsaw design). Good to be able to share learning designs so that novice learning designers can see th detail of how it's done.

It's inspiring to be able to pick up on aspects of all of them so we need to exchange these implementations. Good to remember that tools change behaviour, not dictat? And useful artefacts are important, not necessarily always something that is runnable - which may not suit all contexts, such as f2f or fieldwork.

Nice to have this kind of interaction between these people - essential for designers to do this.

Yes we needed more time but equally it had to be condensed and that worked. Loved the mix of this community - it has matured.

Now that we have been working a lot with teachers we also need to see how this impacts on what happens in student learning. What do we learn about learning when we engage in design? Now we have tools we can use with teachers and it becomes a tool for doing research beyond the research on the tool itself.

Being a rapportuer makes you very cognitively engaged with a session. A  research agenda helps us learn more than what the learning sciences approaches will offer -how do we build our own identity in the research field?

IMS LD guided the language, and we have moved forward from the content focus to an activity-based approach to describing the pedagogy. When we develop thse tools and have in mind practitioners we are not just replicating their practice we want to move them forward, so we are trying to facilitate the learning of practitioners and the way they develop new knowledge and practice.


Luis P. Prieto
2:21pm 14 October 2011 (Edited 10:30am 18 October 2011)

I never know if I should use "extra content" or "discussion"...

Although not presented in the workshop, another pattern-based LD tool, intended for collaborative learning, is WebInstanceCollage.

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