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| A User-oriented Planner for Learning Analysis and Design
This project was funded by JISC through its Design for Learning Programme. The project was led by the Institute of Education (London Knowledge Lab) by Professor Diana Laurillard. It was originally funded for 10 months, but was extended for a further 12 months, ending in February 2008.
The result of the project is the 'London Pedagogy Planner'. The London Pedagogy Planner (LPP) is a prototype for a collaborative online planning and design tool that supports lecturers in analysing, developing and sharing learning designs. LPP is based on a developing model of the components involved in learning design (e.g. learning outcomes, topics, teaching methods), and the critical relationships between them. As a decision tool, it makes the pedagogical design explicit as an output from the process, capturing it for testing, redesign, reuse and adaptation by the originator, or by others.
The aims of the project were to:
The project has attempted to meet these aims by exploiting the opportunities offered by digital technology to develop a Pedagogy Planner with practitioners.
The LPP project has reviewed and identified several ways of representing learning designs, and the decision-making process, in the form a support tool. We have adopted an iterative user-oriented approach to collecting development requirements in order to embrace the different approaches teachers use to think about learning designs. The development of the learning design support prototype incorporates the following features:
A Java prototype for module planning has been implemented at a basic level of functionality. A version of this prototype is now available for users to trial at: http://code.google.com/p/londonpedagogyplanner/downloads/list
A screen from the LPP prototype
The form of the tool is generated from theoretical design frameworks, such as the Conversational Framework, from interviews with lecturers from partner institutions about their approaches to learning design, and from observation and discussion at user workshops, at different stages of the prototype development. The evaluation was further supplemented by workshop feedback sheets, and questionnaire feedback from JISC workshops.
Throughout the second phase of the project (March 2007 to February 2008), we have been in contact with the Phoebe Planner Project (from Oxford University), with a view to cross-linking the two tools. We are aiming towards integration of the Phoebe Planner and LPP, to build a more comprehensive online collaborative learning design system.
Laurillard, D. (2008) ‘The teacher as action researcher: Using technology to capture pedagogic form’, Studies in Higher Education, 33( 2), forthcoming.
Project website: http://www.wle.org.uk/d4l/
Last updated 21 December, 2010