Learning Design and LAMS

12 04 2011

Logical thinkers, linguistic learners, musical learners, visual learners, ICT, interactive whiteboards, blackboards, laptop, presentations, exams, games, sound files…………………the list just keeps growing!

The way a teacher organizes a lesson will eventually dispose the learning of the students. This is in reference to how the activities in a lesson are layered out and it also depends on the range of activities there are in a lesson. The teacher’s responsibility is to organize their lessons and aim them at their students’ abilities. Simply said, a lesson should be organised and created for LEARNING.

Mutual learning is the key for the development of students’ social and academic skills. Students that use eLearning and ICT are well underway to making mutual learning both fun and interesting but also more difficult too.

“Thus, while instructional computer use appears to be increasing (at least as measured by self-report data), the most common and frequent uses have resulted in only incremental, or first- order, changes in teaching style and remain far removed from the best practices advocated in the literature” (Ertmer, 2005)

How do we change it? Getting students to work between others and learning mutually can be quite difficult. Although Wikis and WebQuests show the path to assist this process, they do not show the full road.


A tool that is probably helpful in implementing into the classroom environment is called LAMS (Learning Activity Management System). It is a simple process to carry out collaborative tasks in the classroom (LAMS Foundation, n.d.).

LAMS gives us teachers to look at all opportunities that we have at our control when confirming how to coach their class. The video above shows how lessons can be created using LAMS. It is a really good way of creating lessons and can be applied to any subject at school.

Students are able to have a mutual and collaborative learning environment but they can only do this by being online to the world. There are very secure chat rooms and blogs that students can work with and achieve the same goal only by accomplishing it online.



This step is of central importance in designing lessons for students. Since ICT has been discovered, it has had many limitations due to its distinctiveness. But now in any case, we are able to access technology and bring it into the community. Students in the classroom have a natural nativeness towards the acceptance of technology, for instance, when they are using a chat room, they must be familiar with it as they use them outside of school on a daily basis. It surely is of central importance that the students’ prior knowledge is brought into the classroom environment to its advantage in the learning process.

As teachers, we should use LAMS to its full advantage in the classroom learning environment but they should not be used as the MAIN MATERIAL in teaching. LAMS is a learning design but it is not supposed to be used as an entire part of a lesson plan or subject .


Ertmer, P.A (2005) Teacher Pedagogical Beliefs: The Final Frontier in Our Quest for Technology Integration? ETR&D, 53(4), pp. 25-39.

LAMS Foundation (n.d.) Available online at: http://www.lamsfoundation.org/

LessonLAMS (n.d.) Available online at: http://lessonlams.com:80/lams/cloud/index.do




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