Week 8 9 – A10 – Exploring learning design tools

The emphasis here is to give you some exposure to using these tools. We want you to concentrate not on the user interface or structure of the tools per se but to think about how they are guiding the design process and to what extent they are useful.

Phoebe – pedagogy planner http://phoebe-app.conted.ox.ac.uk/

London Pedagogic Planner (LPP) www.wle.org.uk/d4l/.

As highlighted on it’s website, Phoebe provides the following;

  • Create or modify learning design
  • View shared learning design
  • Browse Phoebe’s different tools and the learning activities they support.
  • Manage design templates

Before actually using this tool, I browsed through the shared designs available on the Phoebe website.  Different types of designs, detailed, sketchy etc.

This simple tool provides the creation of structured textual representations of LAs.

1. What advantages does the tool have over creating a design on paper?

Designs can be developed through the use of  ready made templates. Thus an educational institution can create and use its own type of template.

Phoebe gives step by step access to guides through which help can be easily found of which verbs in learning outcomes, types of resources which might be used, models of learning.

I think that even a person without adequate teaching experience can build a good design through this website.

As designs are shared on the website, these can be reviewed and updates can be done by third parties.

Thus as highlighted in the Conole’s paper (A9) the use of such designs gives educators the ability of  ‘appropriating’ and reusing available designs.

2. Are there any disadvantages or restrictions?

Maybe the main restriction as with any other on line tools is need of Internet connectivity and basic IT literacy.

Some of the available designs are not up to standard, so this might lead to more designs which are sketchy and thus reduce the quality of the Phoebe initiative.

3. How does the tool compare to the visual design tool, CompendiumLD?

I think that this question is similar to the one found in A9 i.e. contrasting textual and visual representations. I agree with what was said in forum by various participants that no one representation is exhaustive. Each tool has its pros and cons. My preference is on visual although I believe that a blending of these two tools is more appropriate.


4. Can you see yourself using these tools in your own context?

similar to lesson plans although such learning designs focus more on course plans rather than a single lesson.

This is my first try in using this tool;

http://phoebe-app.conted.ox.ac.uk/view/viewDesign.php?design_id=1142

More time would be needed to finalise this design, mostly in the learning activities section.

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