Representation of Coordination Mechanisms in IMS LD

Yongwu Miao, Daniel Burgos, David Griffiths, Rob Koper

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    Group interaction has to be meticulously designed to foster an effective and efficient collaborative learning. IMS LD can be used to represent group interaction formally and then the formal model can be used to scaffold group interaction at run-time. In this chapter, we investigate the expressiveness of IMS LD in representing coordination mechanisms by using coordination theory as an analytical framework. We found that IMS LD can represent almost all the basic coordination mechanisms. We also found some hurdles to be overcome in representing certain dynamic coordination mechanisms. According to coordination theory, common coordination mechanisms can be reused in different settings. We briefly explore the feasibility of representing coordination mechanisms at a high-level of abstraction and then automatically transforming the abstract description to computational coordination mechanisms represented in IMS LD.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Learning Design and Learning Objects
    Subtitle of host publicationIssues, Applications, and Technologies
    EditorsLori Lockyer, Sue Bennett, Shirley Agostinho, Barry Harper
    Place of PublicationHershey, New York
    PublisherIGI Global
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)9781599048628
    ISBN (Print)9781599048611, 1599048612
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • Group-based learning
    • Coordination
    • Coordination mechanism
    • IMS LD
    • Learning design
    • CSCL script


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