The Learning Design Specification

Bill Olivier, Colin Tattersall

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    A learning design can be described with the sentence “people in specific groups and roles engage in activities using an environment with appropriate resources and services”. To be usable by computers, this language has to be given a concrete syntax and semantics, and this is provided by the Learning Design (LD 2003) specification. The documents which make up the specification can be quite daunting, and this chapter aims to lower the threshold to their comprehension. It starts with some historical background, examines the intended readership for the specification, then provides a reading guide to the specification documents, before giving an overview of the ideas and concepts in LD and how they are intended to work together when used to represent a Unit of Learning (UOL). The overview is intended to make it easier to understand the specification and the dynamics of a running learning design.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLearning Design
    Subtitle of host publicationA Handbook on Modelling and Delivering Networked Education and Training
    EditorsRob Koper, Colin Tattersall
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)9783540273608
    ISBN (Print)3540228144, 9783540228141, 9783642061622
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2005


    • Learning Design
    • Educational Modelling
    • Learning Networks
    • Tools
    • e-learning


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