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Learning Design for inquiry-based learning

Lead Institution: University of Sheffield - CILASS

Timescales: 1st May 2006 – 31st October 2007

Project website:

Aims and Objectives

The project aims to implement and evaluate LAMS, a tool that supports design for learning and the sharing and reuse of learning designs, in a real-life case study context of development and innovation in ‘blended’ and fully online forms of inquiry-based learning (IBL) in HE specifically within arts and social sciences disciplines. The over-arching question to be addressed by the project is: does a tool such as LAMS offer ‘added value’ to the process and impact of designing for IBL and to the dissemination of IBL pedagogy?

The project intends to achieve the following key objectives:

  • To facilitate and support 25 implementations of LAMs for IBL within social sciences and arts disciplines;
  • To assess the effectiveness and impact of LAMS in the context of these implementations, in relation to: acceptability to practitioners (academic staff, educational developers and others); learner outcomes; effectiveness for the organisation; capacity-building across the organisation;
  • To disseminate the research and evaluation findings of the project widely to internal (University of Sheffield) and external stakeholder audiences, using a variety of formats to meet different stakeholder needs (learning designs, case studies, conference presentations, journal papers, report to JISC etc.)

Project Manager

Dr Philippa Levy, Academic Director, CILASS 65 Wilkinson Street, University of Sheffield SHEFFIELD S10 2GJ, Phone: 0114 2225271 Fax: 0114 2225279 Email:

Project Team

  • Ola Aiyegbayo Researcher/Evaluator
  • Ian Loasby LAMS Support Officer
  • Dr Sabine Little (CILASS);
  • John Stratford Dr Adrian Powell, Gabi-Diercks-O’Brien, Graham McElearney (LDMU)


Case Studies