Diana Laurillard gave an overview of the London Pedagogical Planner (LPP). Key points included:
- A principle aim in the development of the tool, treatment was the desire to give teachers something to support their innovation, order through interactive, adaptive, reflective, discursive and collaborative learning designs.
- A key issue identified by the team was the fact that teachers lack resources and time to innovate, so an important principle in designing the tool was that it should be easy to use, with a low entry threshold level.
- Components of the tool include:
- The ability to enter in various higher level properties of the module – such as the aims and learning outcomes, brief description of the topics to be covered.
- Mapping of teaching methods to pedagogy – the ability to select from a list of teaching methods and assign a number of hours to them and then map against different types of pedagogy.
- Linking components - once the other data has been entered, it is possible to link aims, topics, teaching methods, learning outcomes, assessment methods and hence be able to check the overall coherence of the course.
- Allocate topics – assign topics to periods, and check associated learning outcomes and teaching methods.
- Export for publication – designs can be saved in the tool and it is also possible to export an outline of design to html file.
The tool can be downloaded and used on both PCs and Macs (hurrah!). Here’s a screen shot of part of the tool – which allows you to map teaching methods to types of pedagogy (mapped using Laurillard’s taxonomy – attention, inquiry, discussion, practice, production). The value of this is that it makes you think about the balance of activities on the course and how they map to what the student is doing.
This is very similar to a tool that Martin Oliver and I developed some years back called Media Adviser, still available would you believe! (but only for PCs I am ashamed to say). The screen shot shows how in the tool you could map different teaching methods to the extent to which they support delivery, discussion, activity and feedback. The tool then gives you a visualisation of how this then balances across these and so you can change your mix of teaching methods until you achieve the right balance.
One of the useful features of LPP is that you can make connections between aims, outcomes, topics, teaching methods, and assessment, as a means of checking course coherence. Hovering over various elements provided additional information and there are links to the resources available in ‘sister’ pedagogical planner Phoebe.