Patterns, designs and activities: unifying descriptions of learning structures

Patrick McAndrew, Peter Goodyear, James Dalziel
2006 International Journal of Learning Technology  
In this paper we examine emerging ways to describe and structure learning material, learning tasks and learning situations. In particular, we consider three different approaches, looking at common issues and differences in emphasis. The approaches are: learning patterns [1], inspired by the architectural patterns of Alexander [2]; learning design, as described in the IMS Learning Design specification [3] , which itself draws on Educational Modelling Language developed at the Open University of
more » ... he Netherlands; and, learning activities as used in the Learning Activity Management System [4]. Biographical notes: Patrick McAndrew is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University where he teaches and researches in the use of technology in support of learning. His work examines ways to design for active engagement by learners working together. This has involved studies in task based approaches to learning and their representation as learning designs within knowledge sharing environments. In 2001 he cofounded the UserLab research team which works within the Computers and Learning research group to undertake projects in e-learning.
doi:10.1504/ijlt.2006.010632 fatcat:ef6vctvj5vgmdkeopgu5scamom