Project outcomes

The outcomes should interest those who are seeking guidance and feasible solutions to advance the effectiveness of e-learning. In the E-LEN project e-learning is the systematic use of networked multimedia computer technologies to empower learners, improve learning, connect learners to people and resources supportive of their needs, and to integrate learning with performance and individual with organisational goal.
Oucomes will be:

  1. Report for Workpackage 1: Report on the survey of e-learning centres
    Contact Authors: Steeples, C. & Zenios, M.
  2. Workpackage 1 deliverable: Implementing an e-learning centre: guiding notes and patterns
    Contact Authors: Steeples, C. & Zenios, M.
  3. E-Len booklet: Design expertise for e-learning centres: Design patterns and how to produce them
    Contact Authors: Bartoluzzi, S.
  4. Work package 3 deliverable: The production of e-learning design patterns, and a research road map for e-learning
    Contact Authors: Rusman, E., Lutgens, G., Ronteltap, F.
  5. Work package 5 deliverable: ELEN project Evaluation Report
    Contact authors: Niegemann, H.M. & Domagk, S.

Papers and Resources

Here you can find a collection of papers, documents and links which refer to e-learning design patterns. Some patterns have been written by the E-LEN consortium and other present relevant ideas.

Tutorial - making e-learning design patterns

This e-learning design pattern tutorial will show you how an e-learning design pattern can be made. It will give you an short introduction on Christopher Alexander and design patterns from the area of architecture before we take this approach with us into the realm of e-learning. We will then walk through a couple of e-learning design patterns before we will let you the chance of making a e-learning pattern your self. The first part of this tutorial will take 15 minutes. The second part (making an e-learning pattern) depends on your own effort.

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Part I:
A Pattern Language as an Instrument in Designing for Productive Learning Conversations. Frans Ronteltap (NL), Peter Goodyear, Sonia Bartoluzzi, UK
Design patterns for Collaborative Learning: From practice to theory and back. Rune Baggetun (NO), Ellen Rusman (NL) and Caterina Poggi (IT)
Organisational patterns for e-learning centres. Christine Steeples, and Maria Zenios, UK
Part II:
Implementing delivery methods by using pedagogical design patterns. Line Kolås and Arvid Staupe, NO
From pedagogical paradigms to hypermedia design patterns-Where to start? Franca Garzotto (IT), Symeon Retalis (GR), Aimilia Tzanavari (GR), Ignazio Cantoni (IT)
Designing patterns for adaptive or adaptable educational hypermedia: a taxonomy. Alexandra Cristea (NL) and Franca Garzotto (IT)

E-LEN papers

P. Avgeriou, A. Papasalouros, S. Retalis, E. Skordalakis:
“Towards a Pattern Language for Learning Management Systems"
Educational Technology & Society, ISSN 1436-4522, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp. 11-24, 2003 (ISSN 1436-4522)
P. Avgeriou, A. Papasalouros, S. Retalis:
"Patterns For Designing Learning Management Systems"
(Accepted in) European Pattern Languages of Programming (EuroPLOP) 25th-29th June 2003, Irsee, Germany.

Papers about the use of design patterns in instructional design

Sherri S. Frizell and Roland Hubscher:
Supporting the Application of Design Patterns in Web-Course Design,
Ed-Media 2002-
Sherri S. Frizell and Roland Hubscher:
Aligning Theory and Web-based Instructional Design Practice with Design Patterns
E-Learn 2002
Akiko Inaba, Ryoji Ohkubo, Mitsuru Ikeda, Riichiro Mizoguchi, and Jun'ichi Toyoda:
An Instructional Design Support Environment for CSCL Fundamental Concepts and Design Patterns

Related projects

The Pedagogical Patterns Project: This project deals with patterns that are designer to capture best practice in a specific domain. Pedagogical patterns try to capture expert knowledge of the practice of teaching and learning. The intent of this project consortium is to capture the essence of the practice in a compact form that can be easily communicated to those who need the knowledge.
PoInter projectThe project is concerned with investigating the appropriateness of patterns as a means of communicating information about how people interact with each other through and around technology.


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