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EnROLE & OLNet Fellowship at OU

Learning design descriptions for role-based e-learning

Cloudscape created by:

Sandra Wills
15 September 2011

Several descriptions of online role plays from the EnROLE repository ( are amalgamated in this cloudscape in order to foster discussion about useful methods for describing learning designs. See list of role plays below on this page.

For each of the role play Clouds in this Cloudscape, we invite you to add other ways of describing its learning design.

This discussion is a follow up to Project EnROLE 2006-2009 in Australia which in turn was a follow up to the Learning Designs Project 2000-2003 (

Over 70 role play descriptions are in the EnROLE repository. The EnROLE team deliberately chose the two page/two picture template for describing each role play learning design. The decision was in part a reaction to the denser structured flowchart approach taken in the Learning Designs Project.

Since then LAMS ( has emerged as another visual sequential description method as well as CompendiumLD (, the Patterns approach and my own work on SImulation Triads and Design Decision Frameworks.

Project EnROLE did not have time to formally test whether their two page/two picture approach to learning design description was "better" - but that's probably not quite the right research question anyway.

Therefore this Cloudscape is a forum for discussion about the appropriateness of different learning design descriptions for different audiences. It is using online role play as the particular context for the discussion because online role play has very often been pointed to as an example of "good" learning design (

An overview of the different methods for describing learning designs is in the cloud listed below titled "A Collection...." or click here

This Cloudscape has been developed as part of an OLNet Fellowship at the OU in September/October 2011. The Fellowship objectives are:

  • build researcher discussions within Cloudworks around an existing rich collection of learning designs on online role play and simulation
  • refine frameworks for description of CSCL learning
  • test visualisation metaphors for accessing learning design descriptions in repositories

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