JIME Special Issue

Advances in Learning Design

This special issue of the Journal of Interactive Media in Education centres around the book Learning Design: A Handbook on Modelling and Delivering Networked Education and Training, from Springer-Verlag. The book was conceived towards the end of 2003, written in 2004 and published in February 2005, the same period in which UNFOLD, a European Commission 6th Framework Support Project, was being established. These two impulses have helped spark a range of new work in various countries and with a variety of different perspectives on both learning design and Learning Design (the distinction between these two terms is explained in the Preface to the book, available as part of this special issue).

The 16 articles in this special issue include contributions from France, Germany, Canada, the UK, Cuba, the Netherlands and Spain and cover topics such as the design of LD tools (editors and players), the role of ontologies and patterns in learning design, introducing LD in institutions and using LD with other specifications. Fifteen of the book's chapters have associated articles; the sixteenth contribution to the special issue has a wider scope, touching on many aspects of the book. It records the results of a discussion involving 'teacher-developers' in the Moodle community and examining what it might mean to use IMS Learning Design together with the open source course management system Moodle.

The nature of the contributions varies from those describing completed work or providing new insights to those describing the first steps in ongoing research. In all cases, the articles are intended to provoke discussion in the e-learning community, and we invite your comments in the forums provided with the articles.

We hope you find the contributions stimulating and helpful, and that they encourage reflection on the use of learning design and Learning Design in your own context.

Colin Tattersall & Rob Koper

Special Issue Editors


Learning Design: A Handbook on Modelling and Delivering Networked Education and Training (Preface, reproduced with permission from Springer)
Rob Koper and Colin Tattersall

Practical and Pedagogical Issues for Teacher Adoption of IMS Learning Design Standards in Moodle LMS
Anders Berggren, Daniel Burgos, Josep M. Fontana, Don Hinkelman, Vu Hung, Anthony Hursh and Ger Tielemans

A first exploration of an inductive analysis approach for detecting learning design patterns
Francis Brouns, Rob Koper, Jocelyn Manderveld, Jan van Bruggen, Peter Sloep, Peter van Rosmalen, Colin Tattersall and Hubert Vogten

Towards a Benchmark for the Evaluation of LD Expressiveness and Suitability
Manuel Caeiro-Rodríguez, Martín Llamas-Nistal and Luis Anido-Rifón

Learning Design Engines as Remote Control to Learning Support Environments
Andreas Harrer, Nils Malzahn, Kay Hoeksema and Ulrich Hoppe

The Reload Learning Design Tools
Colin D. Milligan, Phillip Beauvoir and Paul Sharples

Ontologies to integrate learning design and learning content
Colin Knight, Dragan Gaševic and Griff Richards

A learning design toolkit to create pedagogically effective learning activities
Gráinne Conole and Karen Fill

A QTI editor integrated into the netUniversité web portal using IMS LD
Ecaterina Giacomini Pacurar, Philippe Trigano and Sorin Alupoaie

Learning Units Design based in Grid Computing
Leonel Iriarte Navarro, Alexander Sánchez Díaz , Manuel Marco Such, Daniel Morón Martín and Pedro Pernías Peco

IMS LD reusable elements for adaptive learning designs
Adriana J. Berlanga and Francisco J. García

Managing IMS Learning Design
Wolfgang Greller

Transposing MISA Learning Scenarios into IMS Units of Learning
Ileana de la Teja, Karin Lundgren-Cayrol and Gilbert Paquette

Developing an approach for Learning Design Players
Patrick McAndrew, Rob Nadolski and Alex Little

An IMS LD Graphic Editor using the graphs representation for modifying the course structures
Ecaterina Giacomini Pacurar, Philippe Trigano and Cristian Zamfirescu

Making the Institutional Business Case for Introducing Learning Design Tools
Gayle Calverley

LearningMapR: A Prototype Tool for Creating IMS-LD Compliant Units of Learning
Dawn Buzza, Les Richards, David Bean, Kevin Harrigan and Tom Carey