The Authoring Environment is where you create and modify the sequences or learning designs that are used in Learner.
You can access the Author environment by clicking on the Blue Author tab at the top of the screen, once you have logged in to LAMS.
Not all LAMS users have Author permissions - sometimes a user may just be allowed to participate in and monitor learning sequences. If you want to use Author and you don't have permissions, contact your supervisor or System Administrator.
The Authoring Environment provides teachers and instructors with a visual authoring environment for creating, storing and re-using of learning designs. To create learning designs or sequences, you drag-and-drop activities onto the authoring space, and then create transitions to specify the path that learners take through. This Graphic Workflow Model is what principally distinguishes LAMS from other, more content based, Learning Systems by providing teachers with a high level of interactivity and collaboration.
Nearly everything that exists in the Authoring space can be double-clicked in order to change its properties.
There are three main areas in the Authoring Environment:
- Authoring space - this is the whitespace with a grid of dots. It is where sequences are Created and Edited.
- Activities or tools - located down the left-hand side of the screen. The toolkit contains all of the activities available for use in the sequence.
- Design management tools/options - located across the top of the screen. These allow File Operations (Saving, Opening) and Sequence Linking Operations (Branching and Gates) as well as allowing users to Preview their sequence.
To Delete an activity from the Authoring Space, click and drag the activity to the trashcan in the lower right corner of the Authoring Environment.
Saving Sequences in Public Folders Sequences can be saved in one of three places.
- By default, sequences are saved in your own folder (folder with your name), which means that only you can access them.
- You can also save sequences in the folder for each courses you are a member of. For example, you could share your Mathematics sequences only with other Maths teachers, and English sequences only with other English teachers.
- Finally, you can save sequences in the Public folder, which means that the sequence will be available to any teacher who can log in to LAMS (and has authoring rights)