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LAMS 2.2 Feature List

LAMS 2.2 has been released (05 December 2008)

See Release Notes and Downloads for installers and upgraders

Roadmap for general information on the next release release.

See Animated Tutorials for demonstration. Also you can sign up for a demo account at the LAMS Demo server.

New Features

Feature

Description

Demo

Text-based Branching

Ability to create branching conditions based on text output from tools. This feature is supported by Forum, Survey, Q&A, Chat and Notebook. A teacher can set up a condition based on the text entered by a learner. For example, if the learner answered the question with the words "Good" and/or "OK" but not "Bad", then go this branch.

Chat
Forum
Q&A
Survey
Notebook

Learners select Grouping

Now the teacher can create groups and get the learners to choose the group they want to be part of

Groupings

Presence

Although LAMS has a lot of collaborative activities, as a learner, you really didn't know if there were other people doing a lesson at the same time as you. With the implementation of presence, learners are now able to see who else is doing the same lesson with them at the same time. In the near future, we will also implement group chat and instant messages between learners or teachers

Presence

Gates

In LAMS, gates are use to control the flow of learners (more info on Gates). Until now gates work on and all or nothing principal: the gate is open or close for everyone in the lesson. In LAMS 2.2, gates now work on an learner by learner basis. So a teacher can decide to open a gate for a few users only. Additionally, teachers can specify conditions to open gates on individual bases. For example if the learner has got a 8/10 in the exam, then open the gate for him, otherwise force him to retake the test.

Gates Documentation

Learning Objectives

in LAMS 2.2, teachers can add learning objectives to a sequence, but then also can map those learning objectives to specific activities. In that way they can document in which activities the learning objectives are achieved. Also teachers running these sequences can see in monitor the objectives for each activity and when exporting the portfolio, those learning objectives also are display for each activity that accomplish them.

Learning Objectives/Competences

Email Notifications

LAMS 2.2 has now email notifications. Which means that you can be notified of events when they occur. For instance you can notify all students when you add a lesson for them to do, or you can choose to get notified when learners submit assignments, survey entries, etc.

Coming soon

External tool wrappers

Now you can add tools to LAMS that aren't part of LAMS. They can live in an external learning management system and still work as if they would be normal LAMS tools!

More info



New Activity tools

Activity Tool Name

Tool Type

Description

Demo

Wiki

New Tool!

Finally a teachers and learners can create documents in a collaborative fashion. The wiki tool creates a small scale set of linkable pages about a certain topic.

Documentation

Data collection

New Tool!

A very powerful tool for teachers as they can create databases for learners to add records to. Supports a lot of different types of data and has very cool ways to aggregate and present data to learners and teachers

Documentation

Google Maps

New Tool!

Very very cool tool to add a geospacial aspect to your sequences. For instance, you can ask your learners to point out where they live and then can construct collaborative maps using the powerful Google Maps API

Documentation

Online Spreadsheet

New Tool!

This tool is for creating spreadsheets online that the students can use to submit assignments and/or do calculations directly on their browsers

Documentation

Conferencing (Dimdim!)

New Tool!

Dimdim is an external tool that provides an awesome collaborative video and audio features, online whiteboard, desktop and presentation sharing. We have done an integration with their platform now, so if you are interested in synchronous collaboration, this tool has a lot to offer. Note that Dimdim is an external system and is not included as part of LAMS.

Documentation

And a whole lot more...

There are hundreds of improvement, fixes and lot more features added in this release.

Enjoy!


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