Week 3 learning Tool review: Cadmos
Cloud created by:
Alice （Xin） Huang
29 January 2013
Chris and I had tested another fantastic tool: CADMOS. Chris did a summary of our findings and post in the Imagining the Design cloudworks. I made a copy here just for my reference.
We (me and Alice （Xin） Huang) looked at the CADMOS Tool (http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/5783).
- It is a Flash enabled tool and does not need to be installed on a PC.
- It is relatively easy to use, i was able to navigate and create content with the tool by spending less than 30 minutes exploring it.
- There are a number of ready made templates to use or edited. The option is also there to create the content from scratch.
- There are two views; The conceptual model view and LD Flow model. It is a neat tool that enables you to visually see and structure conceptual points into a flow diagram.
- Activities can be created with Prerequisites, Type of activity and Actors specified all linked to a learning goal.
- Complex tasks or sequences can easily be handled.
- Activities can be arranged sorting them by phase.
- Resources can be allocated to activities.
- You are able to export your design to Moodle.
- It can only deal with 10 Prerequisites and Learning Goals. It becomes a limitation in complex designs.
- It only allows you to select one learning goal per activity, Sometimes more than one learning goal is addressed by ans activity but only one may be selected.
- It becomes congested with complex designs and the flow of tasks cannot be easily adjusted.
- Using the Rules feature in the flow model does not provide you with a clear description of their use or application. It can also not be consistently applied to Sequences for example.
The value of a tool is in its usability and we could not agree on this point. I personally would not use it again as I feel it to be too restrictive for me. Alice, who has a better understanding of Moodle than I do, was highly in favor of the tool and would definitely use it again. No tool is perfect but it is definitely worth taking a look at. We were able to create a conceptual model within an hour.(https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2NV0fznYyLYTXkzZXA0bzJRYkU/edit) (you need to open it with CADMOS)