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LAMS Animated Tutorials

These are short animations that will teach you about using LAMS.

  1. The LAMS Tutorials are created using DebugMode Wink presentation authoring software.
  2. To view the winks, you'll need a Flash Player installed. You can download one for free from the Adobe Website
  3. These Animations are made available under the conditions specified in the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. The details are here.
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What is LAMS?

Start here if you've never used LAMS before, and want to find out more about it.


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

Reflective Tools


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.

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 for more specific information.


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.
  • 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.
  • (star)NEW(star) 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.

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.

LAMS Integrations
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.
Click here for current integration status.

Moodle Integration

For Administrators: Install the Moodle/LAMS Integration

How to use the Moodle/LAMS Integration

Blackboard Integration

For administrators: Installing the Blackboard/LAMS Integration

Authoring and Monitoring in Blackboard/LAMS Integration

The Learning Environment in Blackboard/LAMS Integration

Sakai Integration

Sign Up and Use the demonstration LAMS/Sakai integration

dotLearn (.lrn) Integration

For administrators: Install the .LRN LAMS Applet

For administrators, step two: Install the .LRN LAMS Packages

Using the .LRN/LAMS Integration

(green star) Shibboleth Joint Trust Federation (green star)

LAMS can now integrate with a Shibboleth Trust Federation to share Lessons, Students and Roles between two seperate LAMS servers.


You can download the Wink source files from Saturn, the MELCOE File Server . Look for the files with the .wnk extension.

Translating a Wink is very easy. Download the wink program and the .wnk file from saturn and then use the export text command under the project menu. This will create a .txt file that you can translate and import back into the wink.


Creative Commons License
LAMS 2.0 Wink Tutorials by MELCOE is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

This license means that you are able to download our Wink Source files and modify the animations.
However, You must attribute the original work to MELCOE, and the derivative work must use the same CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.

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