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Lead Institution: Glasgow Caledonian University

Timescales: 01/5/06 - 31/12/06

Project website:

Aims and Objectives:

Mod4L aims to develop a range of practice models that can be used by practitioners in real life contexts and have a high impact on improving teaching and learning practice. It will move the JISC towards the use of models as a focus for communication, sharing and reuse of designs.

The objectives of the project are to:

  • Develop a range of practice models in the form of generic learning designs, exemplars or patterns abstracted from case studies and/or examples of real practice in post-16 and higher education contexts;
  • Map these practice models to one or more conceptual framework(s) e.g. a typology of generic learning activities, educational taxonomies, databases of case studies;
  • Derive additional practice models to fill any gaps indicated by the conceptual framework(s) chosen;
  • Review ways of representing practice models (eg. Lesson plans, concept maps, LAMS, Smart Learning Designs), and develop representations of practice models that are meaningful and usable by practitioner communities;
  • Use the representations to make the practice models available to practitioners in an accessible, coherent and usable form, with appropriate guidance on their use;
  • Make these models available to the Pedagogic Planner projects for inclusion in the online planning tool.

Project Team:

  • Director: Professor Allison Littlejohn, Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University;
  • Co-director and Project Manager: Dr Isobel Falconer, Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University;
  • Consultants: Professor Ron Oliver, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia; Dr Lori Lockyer, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia; Helen Beethan, JISC; Heather Sanderson, TESEP


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