Tools for Visualising Designs

  • Gráinne Conole
Part of the Explorations in the Learning Sciences, Instructional Systems and Performance Technologies book series (LSIS, volume 4)


This chapter describes a number of tools that can be used for creating and visualising designs. These include specialised learning design tools as well as the use of more generic mind-mapping tools. The learning design specific tools include the CompendiumLD tool developed as part of the OU Learning Design Initiative (OULDI) work, the learning activity management system (LAMS) visual sequencing tool, the WebCollage tool for representing pedagogical patterns and CADMOS (CoursewAre Development Methodology for Open instructional System). As an illustrative example of how mind-mapping tools can be used, the tool CMap is discussed, along with the ways in which the kinds of representations described in the previous chapter can be instantiated using spreadsheets. This chapter concludes with a discussion of the benefits of such tools, along with the challenges they present.


Learning Activity Learning Management System Computer Support Collaborative Learn Learning Design Mind Mapping 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gráinne Conole
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  1. 1.Beyond Distance Research AllianceUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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