Uses for the LAMS Activities

The LAMS activities are grouped into four categories of learning.

Informative Activities

These tools provide Learners with information, or allow them to share information with others.

Informative Activities
latask10 — The Tasklist activity allows authors to create a series of tasks which are marked off as completed by Learners. Each individual task may be compulsory or not, or require the completion of other tasks to become available.
lasprd10 — The Spreadsheet Activity allows a sequence author to provide data in a spreadsheet format to Learners.
lanb11 — The Noticeboard Activity provides a simple way of providing information and content to the learners.
lapixl10 Pixlr is a powerful online flash-based image editor that can be included as a LAMS activity. The editor has powerful image creation and editing features, and the interface will be familiar to anyone who has used Paint, or more advanced editors like Photoshop or GIMP.
larsrc11 — This tool allows teachers to add content into a sequence, such as URL hyperlinks, zipped websites, individual files (Adobe PDF's, Powerpoints, Flash Files) and even complete learning objects.
laimsc11 — The Common Cartridge tool allows sequence authors to use IMS Common Cartridge packages as well as IMS Basic LTI as content in their sequences.
laimag10 — The Image Gallery tool allows authors and learners to upload a series of image to LAMS and review and rate them.

Assessment Activities

Assessment tools provide a fast and efficient way of collecting Learners responses to a topic.

Assessment Activities
lasbmt11 — The Submit Files Activity allows learners to submit one or more files to the LAMS server for review by a teacher. The teacher can then input grades into the system based on these files, which can then be viewed by the learners.
lamc11 — The Multiple Choice activity allows teachers to create simple automated assessment questions, including multiple choice and true/false questions.
laasse10 — The Assessment tool allows sequence authors to create a series of questions with a high degree flexibility in total weighting. In future revisions, the tool will interface with a 'question bank' allowing the author to automatically create randomised questions for learners.

Collaborative Activities

Collaborative tools involve Learners working together to achieve learning outcomes.

Collaborative Activities
lascrb11 — The Scribe Activity is, by default, not enabled as a stand-alone activity, but is used in 'dual-screen' roles, such as with a Chat, Forum or Submit Files activity.
lafrum11 — The Forum Activity provides an asynchronous discussion environment for learners, with discussion threads initially created by the teacher.
lagmap10 — The Google Maps activity allows sequence Authors to create maps or satellite images with annotated place markers. During the running of the activity, Learners can add their own markers to the map and view markers placed by other learners.
laddim10 — The Dimdim Activity provides a simple way to integrate Dimdim web conferences into a LAMS sequence.
labbb10 — The Web Conferencing Activity provides a simple way to integrate Big Blue Button web conferences into a LAMS sequence.
lachat11 — The Chat Activity runs a live (synchronous) discussion for learners.
lawiki10 — The Wiki Tool allows for authors to create content pages that can link to each other and, optionally, allow Learners to make collaborative edits to the content provided.

Reflective Activities

The most powerful aspect of LAMS, these tools 'capture' learning from the Learners themselves.

Reflective Activities
laqa11 — The Question and Answer Activity allows teachers to pose a question or questions to learners individually, and after they have entered their response, to see the responses of all their peers presented on a single answer screen.
lavidr10 — The LAMS Video Recorder tool allows authors to records instructions for their learners and embed them into a sequence.
lamind10 — The new Mindmap activity allows Teachers and Learners to create, edit and view mindmaps in the LAMS environment.
lasurv11 — The Survey Tool is similar to Multiple Choice, in that it presents learners with a number of questions fir responses. However, unlike Multiple Choice there are no right or wrong answers - the system just collates all answers for analysis by the teacher in the monitoring area.
lantbk11 — The Notebook Activity is a tool for learners to record their thoughts during a sequence.
lavote11 — The Voting Activity allows teachers to provide learners with a list of options to "Vote" on.
ladaco10 — The Data Collection tool allows Authors to create database style lists for Learners to populate.
  • The Notebook activity is doubly powerful, as it can be added to the end of specific activity.
  • Survey and Voting can be used to create a 'double reflection'; Learners first provide their own reflective responses, and can then reflect on trends and patterns in the cumulative data.
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