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Reflections on developing a tool for creating visual representations of learning designs: towards a visual language for learning designs

Brasher, Andrew and Cross, Simon (2015). Reflections on developing a tool for creating visual representations of learning designs: towards a visual language for learning designs. In: Maina, Marcelo; Craft, Brock and Mor, Yishay eds. The Art and Science of Learning Design. Technology Enhanced Learning (9). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 169–180.

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Over the past four years we have been developing CompendiumLD, a software tool for designing learning activities using a flexible visual interface. It has been developed as a tool to support lecturers, teachers and others involved in education to help them articulate their ideas and map out a design or learning sequence. CompendiumLD is a specialised version of Compendium, a tool for managing connections between information and ideas, which has been applied in many domains including the mapping of discussions and arguments. As most of the core knowledge mapping facilities provided by Compendium are included within CompendiumLD, it can be used for learning design, and applied it to other information mapping and modelling problems. Evidence gathered since CompendiumLD’s first release has shown the many conditions in which it is likely to be applied and appreciated by users, and that the need for visualising learning designs as a solution to understanding how all components of planned learning and teaching fit together may continue to grow. Furthermore, the use of technology is making the process of creating courses more complex. We explore these challenges and conclude with some reflections on the developments in visual representation needed to further facilitate the modelling of today and tomorrow’s complex learning situations.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2015 Sense Publishers
ISBN: 94-6300-102-6, 978-94-6300-102-1
Keywords: learning design; visualisation; visual languages; CompendiumLD
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 43463
Depositing User: Simon Cross
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 15:53
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2018 09:04
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