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LAMS Tutorials


Learners are the Main users of LAMS, participating in sequences that are created by Authors.

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Using LAMS as a Learner

Learners may also want to check out the Activity Tutorials below for more specific information.

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These winks relate to Specific Activities in LAMS. Each tutorial demonstrates creating the activity in the Authoring Environment, shows the Learner experience, and where applicable, demonstrates any special Monitoring features for the activity.

Informative Tools

Evaluative Tools

Collaborative Tools

  • Chat and Scribe Tutorial
    Learners chat in groups and one learner generates a report.
  • Forum Tutorial
    Asynchronous discussion of topics.
    [Dimdim Conference Tutorial]
    Create an online web conference from within a Lams Sequence.
  • NEW Pixlr Image Suite Tutorial
    Learners edit and upload images in an online flash image suite.
    Learners can comment on and rate each others images.

Reflective Tools

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The Monitoring Environment is where LAMS instructors can view their Learner's progress through a sequence.

  • Starting a Lesson
    When a sequence has been Authored, it has to be "run" through the Monitoring Environment.
  • Changing the Status of a Sequence
    The Status of a particular sequence determines how it appears to Learners. This animation shows how to change statuses, and what each status means.
  • Using Live Edit
    Live Edit is a feature available in LAMS 2.0.3 that allows Monitors to modify sequences that have already been started.
  • Live Edit Update in LAMS 2.1
    In LAMS 2.1 there are some slight changes to Live Edit what monitors can change using Live Edit. This Animation explains the changes and where they might be useful.
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The Authoring environment is where LAMS sequences are created and modified.
These tutorials will introduce you to the authoring environment, and there are a few neat tricks in here as well.

  • Using Optional Activities
    Optional Activities allow Learners to choose an activity from a list. This animation shows you how to create them.
  • Incorporate Google Gadgets
    Google Gadgets are small snippets of HTML code that add functionality to web pages. This animation demonstrates how to include these Gadgets as part of a LAMS sequence.
  • Using the LAMS Community
    The LAMS Community is the central hub for sharing sequences and collaborating with other people using LAMS.
  • Using Grouping Objects
    Grouping Objects divide an entire LAMS class into smaller groups for certain activities.
  • [Creating Offline Activities]
    LAMS can also be used to describe the structure of a 'real-world' lesson. This animation also shows you how to add instructions and support documents to your LAMS sequences.
  • [*Using the NEW FCKEditor Media Plugin*]
    The upgrade to the FCKEditor means that it's now easier to add Video and Audio to LAMS sequences. This animation shows you how.

Branching Activities...

These activities create multiple 'paths' through a sequence. There are several ways to create Branches:

  • Teacher Selection
    The simplest form of Branching, allowing the teacher (monitor) to manually assign branches to specific students (learners).
  • ...based on Groups
    Linking a Grouping Object with a Branching Object filters the members of each group to a specific branch.
  • ...based on Tool Outputs
    Finally, the results from previous activities can determine which branch a learner is filtered to.
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LAMS works well as a stand-alone e-learning system. It can also be integrated with other educational software such as a Learning Management System (LMS) / Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). A LAMS integration is module built for a specific LMS/ VLE that it handles the communication between the two systems. This module acts as a bridge between them making them behave as one unified system. 

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Click here for current integration status.

On each Integrations page, there are tutorials relevant to that LMS.


Using a Shibboleth Joint Trust Federation, seperate LAMS servers can be set up to share Lessons, Students and Roles.

Click Here for a Demonstration.


Each animation should have a 7zipped .wnk file as one of its attachments.
Translating a Wink is very easy. Download the wink program and the .wnk file from the LAMS Wiki and then use the export text command under the project menu. This will create a .txt file that you can translate and then import back into the wink.
You will also need the LAMS logos and images to create the preloader screen. These are available from here (LAMS Community Login required.
 For information on creating Wink pages in Confluence, click here..
To see the latest winks that have been added to the site, check the box at the top of this column, or run this search query:

Copyright and Other Information
LAMS Documentation Licensing

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