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LAMS Workshop

Implementing LAMS to Improve Teaching and Learning University of Oxford, 13th January 2004

LAMS (Learning Activity Management System) is a new approach to e-learning based on sequences of collaborative learning activities. Inspired by the concept of “Learning Design”, it provides a visual authoring environment for the development of activity sequences, together with a learner run-time environment and a teacher-monitoring environment. LAMS trials indicate it can transform the approach teachers and learners take towards e-learning in both the higher and further educational contexts. Prof. James Dalziel the LAMS project leader from Macquarie University in Australia will lead this workshop. We will explore the concept of Learning Design and its transformational impact on e-learning, together with hands-on sessions using LAMS in authoring, monitoring and learner modes. It will be a highly practical workshop with a focus on real-life use in schools and universities.

Attendees will receive a free trial LAMS account for 30 days after the workshop.

You can find further details about LAMS here.

Programme Information

13th January 2004


10-10:30 Registration, coffee

10:30-10:45 Welcome , purpose of workshop ( Howard Noble )

10:45-11:30 Presentation: What is Learning Design and why does it matter? ( James Dalziel )

11:30-12:30 Hands-on Session 1: Overview of LAMS and demonstration sequence as a Learner

12:30-1:30 Lunch

13:30-15 Hands-on Session 2: LAMS Authoring and Monitoring, “free” time for development

15-15:15 Sample LAMS sequences from Oxford ( Howard Noble )

15-16 Questions, discussion, next steps

16 Close



To cover costs there will be a small charge of £30 per participant. Refreshments and lunch are included in the price.

To book a place, please print out the online form to complete and send to Marie-Ann Lehane at:

13 Banbury Road
Oxford OX26NN

Questions about the workshop and LAMS itself should be sent to

Howard Noble (Tel: 01865 273211, email:

Getting there

The University web site has good information about how to get to Oxford. Once you arrive in the city centre, make your way to Oxford University Computing Services, see map.


This is a one day event so accommodation is not included in the price. Should you wish to travel up the night before, or stay in Oxford afterwards, the OxfordCity web site lists a wide range of different accomodation.

Post-conference page

Further reading:

NEW! Prof. James Dalziel's presentation is now available and Howard Noble's introduction slides too.

Please note that this guide is Draft and Confidential - it is only for currently authorized LAMS account users - please do not distribute it. The guide is a work in progress, so we welcome your feedback - please email comments to

Your LAMS account

To get your account details please email me and I will send you your username and password with the URL for the server. Equally email me with any problems with the server during the trial. Also if any of you would like to work in smaller groups than the whole class please club together and send me your usernames and I will create the group in LAMS for you (this is an administrator function).

Also access to LAMS is being provided to workshop attendees only. Please do not give your account details out to others. However, you are welcome to demonstrate LAMS (using your account) to colleagues.

One final point about the trial accounts – as everyone is in the same learner group, any sequences that you make active in Monitor are shown on everyone's “available sequences” in the learner area. So, can you please delete or archive any sequence you activate once you have finished viewing it – otherwise the learner area will get VERY cluttered.


As was mentioned the CETIS pedagogy forum is involved in discussing the implications of learning design and is a good way to find out more about developments.