Evaluation of LAMS
Learning Activity Management System
The JISC evaluation of LAMS is now complete, although access to the UK LAMS
server will continue to be supported by JISC until the end of July 2005, to
minimise disruption to classes using the system. The LAMS evaluation
report from this project is now available. The report by Dr Liz Masterman, Learning
Technologies Group, Oxford University Computing Services, of the LAMS
pre-training questionnaires is now available. This report revealed valuable
insights into uses of ICT across the sector and found that the principal
potential benefits of LAMS from the practitioners’ perspective lie in
improvements to their own practice and in the enhancement of students’
On April 13 2005, LAMS became
officially open source software under a GPL licence.
Tools used in the evaluation of LAMS
LAMS Evaluation workshop
A LAMS Evaluation Workshop was held on 11 January 2005 in
Birmingham. See a
summary of the event together with supporting presentations.
Further information on LAMS
Evaluation project page
Review of Learning Design: Concept, Specifications and Tools
LAMS Evaluation Mailing List
SST LAMS Trail
design: the learning activity management system [PDF]
Evaluation of learning design tools
The evaluation methodology developed for this project is now
being extended to other tools used for designing for learning. To develop
further our understanding of how practitioners currently use technology to
design learning activities, two additional evaluation projects have been
Dr Stuart Lee and Dr Liz Masterman from Oxford University are
evaluating the use of mind-mapping software, content-authoring
software and word templates for supporting practitioners with their
design of learning activities.
Dr Mira Vogel, from the Centre for Excellence in Learning Technology
(CELT), Goldsmiths, University of London in partnership with Dr Martin
Oliver at the Institute of Education, are evaluating practitioners’ use
of Moodle, Blackboard and WebCT for designing learning activities.
Both projects will involve practice from across the post-16 and higher
education sectors and will run from April to December 2005.
For further information about these evaluation projects please
contact: Sarah Knight,