Diagrams of learning flow patterns' solutions as visual representations of refinable IMS Learning Design templates
Davinia Hernández-Leo (University of Valladolid, Spain), Eloy D. Villasclaras-Fernández (University of Valladolid, Spain), Juan I. Asensio-Pérez (University of Valladolid, Spain) and Yannis Dimitriadis (University of Valladolid, Spain)
Copyright: © 2008
This chapter introduces the use of diagrammatic representations of learning flow patterns as a means of visualizing refinable IMS Learning Design (IMS LD) templates. It argues that the incorporation of pattern-based IMS LD templates in authoring tools, which graphically guide users to create their own learning designs, offers a solution to the problem of IMS LD constructs not being familiar to educators because of its technical nature and text-based notation. Furthermore, this solution facilitates the reuse of good practices formulated as patterns, permitting a design process that promotes potentially effective results. This issue is especially important in collaborative learning designs, in which elicitations of desired social interactions are planned beforehand. Based on these ideas, the chapter also presents Collage, an IMS LD editor which provides templates based on Collaborative Learning Flow Patterns (CLFPs), and includes an example drawn from a real scenario that show the feasibility and usefulness of the approach.