LAMS

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LAMS
Lams logo.png
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LAMS Authoring Environment in Firefox
Original author(s) LAMS Foundation
Stable release 2.4 / April 2012
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Platform JBoss Application Server
Available in 32 languages [1]
Type Online Education, Learning Design
License GPL v2
Website http://lamsfoundation.org/

LAMS, the Learning Activity Management System, is an open source Learning Design system for designing, managing and delivering online collaborative learning activities. It provides teachers with an intuitive visual authoring environment for creating sequences of learning activities. These activities can include a range of individual tasks, small group work and whole class activities based on both content and collaboration. LAMS is 'inspired' by the concept and principles of IMS Learning Design.[2]

LAMS is developed in collaboration with LAMS Foundation, LAMS International, and the Macquarie E-learning Centre Of Excellence (MELCOE), all based in Sydney, Australia, in affiliation with Macquarie University.[3] LAMS has been developed since 2003.[4]

Community[edit]

The LAMS community website is a global community website for teachers and developers who use the LAMS software. As of September 2012, the LAMS Community had over 7950 members across 80 countries sharing 1094 sequences (downloaded 17457, previewed 23493 times) and 7583 discussion forum postings.[5]

LAMS creates "digital lesson plans" that can be run online with students, as well as shared among teachers. The LAMS Community allows teachers to share and adapt digital lesson plans, and discuss their experiences of using LAMS. Teachers, trainers and professors can find digital lessons plans that are freely available to use and adapt, and they can share their own and adaptations. There is a Greek LAMS community.

LAMS Central[edit]

The LAMS Community has a central repository of learning designs (LAMS Central Repository). These are LAMS sequences shared by teachers and practitioners that use LAMS in their teaching. The subjects of these designs vary widely, from Higher Ed Science subjects to basic k-12.

Awards & Recognitions[edit]

LAMS in conjunction with the associated LAMS Community won a Gold Award and Best Learning System at the IMS Global Learning Consortium's Learning Impact Awards (LIAs) in May 2009.[6]

Available Versions[edit]

As of April 2012, the current stable version of LAMS is 2.4.[7] Version 2.4 is a major release that introduces significant feature and technical improvements.[8]

LAMS Integrations[edit]

LAMS can integrate with other LMS or Virtual Learning Environments such as:

Integration modules for Desire2Learn are under development.[9]

LAMS Tool Contract[edit]

The LAMS Tool Contract is an architecture to allow Tool Interoperability across Learning Management Systems (LMS). It allows tools (web applications) to become "pluggable" in any LMS.[10] The LAMS Tool Contract is the underlying architecture of LAMS and currently tools from other platforms like Moodle and dotLRN can be used within LAMS.[11]

Conferences[edit]

These international conferences are academic conferences where papers submitted are peer-reviewed by members of the conference committee. The main topics of this conferences are LAMS and Learning Design and are mainly in English (although there has been one in Spanish). The first LAMS Conference was in Sydney Australia in December, 2006.[12] Usually there are two conferences a year, one in Australia and one in Europe or Asia.

  • The 1st International LAMS Conference. Sydney, Australia, December 2006 [13]
  • 2007 European LAMS Conference. UK, July 2007 [14]
  • The 2nd International LAMS Conference. Sydney, Australia, November 2007 [15]
  • Conferencia Iberoamericana LAMS 2008 / 2008 European LAMS Conference. Spain, June 2008 [16]
  • The 3rd International LAMS & Learning Design Conference. Sydney, Australia, December 2008 [17]
  • 2009 European LAMS & Learning Design Conference. UK, July 2009 [18]
  • The 4th International LAMS & Learning Design Conference. Sydney, December, 2009 [19]
  • 2010 European LAMS & Learning Design Conference. Oxford University, UK, July 2010 [20]
  • The 5th International LAMS & Learning Design Conference. Sydney, December 2010 [21]
  • 2011 Asia Pacific LAMS & Learning Design. Singapore, June, 2011 [22]
  • The 6th International LAMS & Learning Design Conference, Sydney, December 2011 [23]
  • The 7th International LAMS & Learning Design Conference, Sydney, December 2012 [24]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ LAMS Internationalization website http://lamscommunity.org/i18n
  2. ^ Learning Design inspiration - CETIS http://zope.cetis.ac.uk/content2/20031105152011
  3. ^ Macquarie E-learning Centre Of Excellence (MELCOE) - Current Projects http://www.melcoe.mq.edu.au/current.htm
  4. ^ Implementing learning design: the learning activity management system (LAMS) http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/adelaide03/docs/pdf/593.pdf
  5. ^ For statistics for LAMS Community, September 7th, 2012, http://lamscommunity.org/dotlrn/clubs/educationalcommunity/forums/message-view?message_id=1479910
  6. ^ IMS Learning Impact Awards 2009 http://www.imsglobal.org/pressreleases/pr090514.html
  7. ^ Download links are provided on the LAMS Documentation Wiki at http://wiki.lamsfoundation.org/display/lams/Downloads
  8. ^ LAMS 2.4 feature list http://wiki.lamsfoundation.org/display/lams/LAMS+2.4+Feature+List
  9. ^ More information about LAMS integrations is available from the LAMS Documentation site at http://wiki.lamsfoundation.org/display/lamsdocs/Integrations,
  10. ^ LAMS "Tools Contract". TenCompetence Workshop. UPF - Barcelona. 21 de Junio 2007. Ernie Ghiglione & James Dalziel http://www.tencompetence.org/files/Barcelona/presentations/session1/Ghiglione.pdf
  11. ^ Tool Adapters http://wiki.lamsfoundation.org/display/lams/Tool+Adapters
  12. ^ The First International LAMS Conference http://lamsfoundation.org/lams2006/
  13. ^ The 1st International LAMS Conference http://lamsfoundation.org/lams2006/
  14. ^ 2007 European LAMS Conference http://www.lamsfoundation.org/lams2007/
  15. ^ The 2nd International LAMS Conference http://lams2007sydney.lamsfoundation.org/
  16. ^ Conferencia Iberoamericana LAMS 2008 / 2008 European LAMS Conference http://lams2008.lamsfoundation.org/
  17. ^ The 3rd International LAMS & Learning Design Conference http://lams2008sydney.lamsfoundation.org/
  18. ^ 2009 European LAMS & Learning Design Conference http://lams2009.lamsfoundation.org/
  19. ^ 4th International LAMS & Learning Design Conference in Sydney, December 2009 http://lams2009sydney.lamsfoundation.org/
  20. ^ 2010 European LAMS & Learning Design Conference http://lams2010.lamsfoundation.org
  21. ^ 5th International LAMS & Learning Design Conference http://lams2010sydney.lamsfoundation.org/
  22. ^ 2011 Asia Pacific LAMS Conference http://lams2011.lamsfoundation.org
  23. ^ 6th International LAMS & Learning Design Conference http://lams2011sydney.lamsfoundation.org/
  24. ^ 7th International LAMS & Learning Design Conference http://lams2012sydney.lamsfoundation.org/

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