Documenting learning environments and experiences

Leanne Cameron*

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Abstract

At their best, ICTs can support knowledge construction, learning-by-doing, by conversing and by reflecting (Jonassen, 1999) but managing all this in a student-centred environment is a complex task that might be made more manageable by teachers sharing and re-using effective learning designs. Furthermore, if these designs were available in machinereadable format, educators would be able to select a learning design to suit their context "off the shelf" and plug-and-play it. A number of attempts are currently being made to comprehensively document learning designs that would allow educators to share successful, stimulating and engaging learning environments and experiences. IMS-LD, LAMS and the AUTC Learning Design Project are three developments where a comprehensive system is being produced that utilises a consistent data standard and vocabulary to describe the teaching and learning environment and the different theoretical approaches employed (Oliver & Littlejohn, 2006) and two of the three are machine-readable (INS-LD and LAMS). This paper provides a review of each of these methods of documenting learning designs and details the results of a study that demonstrated that a system that educators can use to comprehensively describe successful, stimulating and engaging learning designs so that they can be shared and re-used is still beyond the reach of the average pre-service teacher. However, all have features that illustrate that the dream of an easy-to-use, machinereadable and comprehensive learning design documentation system may not be too far away.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2007
EditorsR. J. Atkinson, C. McBeath, S. K. A. Soong, C. Cheers
Place of PublicationAuckland, New Zealand
PublisherThe University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology
Pages108-117
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789810595791
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - "ICT: Providing Choices for Learners and Learning", ASCILITE 2007 - , Singapore
Duration: 2 Dec 20075 Dec 2007

Other

Other24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - "ICT: Providing Choices for Learners and Learning", ASCILITE 2007
CountrySingapore
Period2/12/075/12/07

Keywords

  • AUTC
  • Generic templates
  • IMS-LD
  • LAMS
  • Learning design
  • Online learning
  • Pre-service teacher training

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    Cameron, L. (2007). Documenting learning environments and experiences. In R. J. Atkinson, C. McBeath, S. K. A. Soong, & C. Cheers (Eds.), Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2007 (pp. 108-117). Auckland, New Zealand: The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology.