LAMS is an Australian teaching and learning system that has sparked the interest of scholars, lecturers, and universities across the globe. On December 6th to the 8th, Sydney University's Conservatorium of Music will host the world's first international Learning Activity Management System (LAMS) Conference.
This unique piece of technology is becoming the world's leading system for creating digital lesson plans. A major LAMS feature is the ability for teachers and lecturers to create 'digital' learning sequences. Students can then use these sequences to interact and collaborate with each other, as well as the teacher or lecturer. This method of teaching is favoured by teachers because it allows them to monitor the student's learning environment and to track student progress.
Advocates of LAMS recognise and appreciate the efficiency of the system's economical method of teaching and learning. One such advocate is Gillian Collom, Executive Officer to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), at Griffith University
There is a great deal of interest in LAMS. Diana Laurillard demonstrated it during a recent visit - it's a great example of creating new learning environments.
Ms Collom also said that Professor Larillard's visit had "sparked interest" within the Griffith teaching community. As a result, the University is investigating how it might extend the use of the system.
We're looking to see how we would implement this, and how we would integrate it at a system level. The beauty of LAMS, as I perceive it, is the fact that you can save a learning sequence and can then share that sequence with others in a completely different discipline.
They can change it to suit their purpose, but still keep the original template
LAMS is more hands on, more like tutorials. It creates a work flow, enables orchestrated collaborative activity, and provides more facility for students to move through tasks as groups.
Robyn Philip, an Educational Developer, and Program Manager for LAMS
Griffith University staff with an interest in LAMS will attend the conference in December, with a view to consolidating the University's interest and knowledge in a product that has the potential to radically change current modes of learning design and teaching.