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A Toolkit to Guide the Design of Effective Learning Activities.

By Karen Fill, Gráinne Conole and Chris Bailey

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Metadata only entryThe DialogPLUS Toolkit is a web-based application that guides the design of learning activities. Developed\ud to support the project’s geographers, it incorporates well-researched pedagogic taxonomies that are\ud presented as drop-down lists with associated ‘help’ pages. Toolkit users are encouraged to consider and\ud specify factors including learning and teaching approach, environment, aims and outcomes, assessment\ud methods, learner and tutor roles and requisite skills as they design any number of tasks within a learning\ud activity and select the tools and resources needed to undertake them. The output from the toolkit is a\ud design template that can then be used to guide the instantiation and implementation of online learning\ud activities. The designs are saved within the toolkit, forming a database of designs, which other toolkit\ud users can view. This chapter will present the rationale for the toolkit and the detailed taxonomies. It will\ud describe and illustrate the software design, development and implementation, including the approach to\ud contextual ‘help’, provide examples of learning activity designs created using the toolkit; and present\ud and discuss feedback from users

Publisher: IGI Global
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/9787
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