GL2010:Day01

17052010: 9am: Andaman Ballroom 1

Online Learning Design using LAMS by Leanne Cameron from Macquire University, Australia.

The reason why I sign up this workshop because I have heard so much about LAMS but am clueless about it.

So, here starts: It seems that it is not so learning object – form. Looks more like a LMS platform but very arranged.  Anyway, Leanne showed her sample: It started with welcome  or introductory page for the students.

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As you can see, at the left side of the picture, which looks like a direction thingy, shows the student the steps which they need to take for that particular task / activity. GREEN ARROW shows the activity is not done yet. RED BOX means this is which activity you are at.

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This is the CHAT functions. Looks similar to the MOODLE chat. Here, the instructor can divide the chat into groups.

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This is the assessment function. From the picture above, these are the SEVEN TYPES of assessment questions. More or less similar to MOODLE.

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A survey at the end of the tasks to check the level of the understanding of the students (something that MOODLE doesn’t have – but when this is integrated with MOODLE, MOODLE-LAMS can be quite a powerful LMS)

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By the way, you can see the results on pie chart or bar chart. You can see two icons in a red box at the picture’s background.

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After the student has finished the many activities in that task, he/she can review the selected activity by DOUBLE CLICK-ing the blue circle (see picture above).

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Now you design / map the journey / process of the tasks. Just click AUTHOR (see the tabs at the top-in picture)

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And it will lead to this page.

Now on to some hands-on: Designing the lesson

On the left side of the picture (above), you can see the types of function which can be added in the lesson. By the way, we didn’t try all the functions but the try out on some of the functions is pretty much a good start to understand how LAMS work.

First, dragging the NOTICEBOARD to the main box. Double-click to put in content (refer to picture below).

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As you can see ( picture above) Looks similar to MOODLE. ADVANCED and INSTRUCTIONS tab is where you will click if there is a need to format the additional functions of NOTICEBOARD. E.g. INSTRUCTIONS is where you can upload file.

Second, added in Share Resources 🙂 (see picture below)

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By the way, if you want delete any of the dragged ACTIVITY, just drag the activity to the TRASH BIN (at the right hand corner-see picture above)

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Adding content in Share Resources. It seems that if you are an existing MOODLE user, applying and understanding the functions in LAMS is not much of an issue.

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Now this is what one can find in the ADVANCE TAB.

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Now this is where you put questions for students to answer.

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Now you need to click on the TRANSITION ICON to create the arrows which link from one activity to another activity.

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Save the “design” of the lesson in which ever category / location.

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Okay. When the BLUE BOX appears (see picture above), it means the lesson is saved.

You can also Preview 🙂 (by clicking on the PREVIEW ICON). PREVIEW allows you to see exactly what the students will see.

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One thing that is unique about LAMS is the STOP feature. (See picture below) There is this STOP SIGN between NOTICEBOARD and MINDMAP. Now STOP SIGN allows synchronous learning among the students. Let me explain a little more. The STOP SIGN is a padlock to another activity. The padlock will be unlocked once every student reaches that activity e.g. NOTICEBOARD. Hence, no student left behind.

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imageAs you can see (picture above), the STOP SIGN or better known as the GATE has several properties: Condition, Synchronise, Schedule and Permission. Choose either one depending on the nature of the lesson, the type of students, and the instructor’s expectations.

There are a LOT of resources for LAMS

Download LAMS here: http://lamsfoundation.org/downloads_home.htm

What do want to know about LAMS here: http://lamsfoundation.org/index.htm

Help and also to get templates for LAMS here for all level of education from k-12 to higher education: http://lamscommunity.org/register/?return_url=%2fdotlrn%2findex

Help for integrating LAMS and MOODLE: http://moodle.lamscommunity.org/moodle/

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