LAMS is a tool for designing, managing and delivering online collaborative learning activities. These activities can include a range of individual tasks, small group work and whole class activities based on both content and collaboration. LAMS allows for activity pathways based on student ability and learning style. Some students may progress immediately onto harder topics while others may need more practise until they understand the topic.
LAMS provides teachers with a visual authoring environment for creating, storing and re-using sequences of learning activities. Teachers drag and drop activities into the authoring interface and then join the activities together to produce a learning sequence. This workflow model provides teachers and learners with sequences of activities that involve a high level of interactivity and collaboration.
LAMS includes a wide range of tools for use by teachers and students with varying levels of technical expertise. These drag and drop tools enable easy authoring, provide sequencing mechanisms to support individual pathways through activities and controlled gating to the next part of a sequence, based on results from previous activities or after verification by a teacher.
Available tools include:
rich media content
video recording and conferencing
image editing tools
forums and chat
assessment tools including self-marking tests
NDLRN Content Repository
The National Digital Learning Resource Network (NDLRN) provides high quality digital content linked to the National Curriculum. New Era has facilitated teacher access to this content with a custom adapter embedded within LAMS and the Learning Activities tool, allowing teachers to include digital content as part of a learning sequence tailored to the specific skill level of their students.