Phoebe planner tool


The second JISC pedagogical planner tool that we looked at in the JISC workshop on Tuesday was Phoebe, discount which has been developed by Oxford University. Phoebe adopts  a very different approach to the London Pedagogical Planner. When you log in you are presented with four options of things to do: Create or modify your learning designs, cialis  View shared learning designs, capsule  Browse Phoebe’s teaching and technology guidance or Manage your design template.


It consists of a rich set of resources on different aspects of the design process. This help system is context specific, so that when users are creating a learning design they can have a split screen. The right-hand side consists of various fields to complete as they start to create a learning design, whilst the left-hand side has context-specific help related to each of the fields. So the picture here shows the help in the system about “Learning Outcomes”.  There are a number of existing templates for designs which users can start with, but its also possible for users to customise their own template with fields which are specific for their own context. You can also view and adapt designs that others have created and agreed to make publicly available. The tool includes a very rich set of information on different aspects of design including:

  • Contextual information
  • Curriculum aspects
  • Assessment
  • The students
  • The Learning Activity Sequence
  • Dealing with Contingencies
  • Reflections on the learning session


The design templates are a helpful way of starting a design and provide a useful form of structuring/guidance, here’s a link  to an example of a template. The shared design section is laid out in a simple format with a title for each design along with a summary about it, then there are three options – to get more information about the design, view it or clone it. Phoebe is simple to use and the wealth of information on different aspects of the design process is particularly valuable. 

5 Responses to “Phoebe planner tool”

  1. Tom Humes Says:

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Tom Humes

  2. Gráinne Says:

    Thanks Tom! Glad you are finding it useful!

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