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As announced in March 2013, the OU's research focus shifted to collective intelligence on the social web (editorial note: now led by Anna De Liddo in KMi's IDEA Lab). So, here's the final Compendium release from the Knowledge Media Institute, including Movie Mapping from the eDance project, which allows you to overlay nodes and networks. onto movie clips and locations.

Compendium's user and developer community self-organised to take future software development forward as CompendiumNG (Next Generation), creating this developer wiki. Sadly this ran out of steam, but the wiki contains source code for developers to build on and compile. This CompendiumNG Mac installer will hopefully still work for you.

We are grateful to The Open University's Knowledge Media Institute, and the many organizations and funding agencies whose support has made possible the 20 year research programme behind Compendium.

(Learning Design)

A version providing a flexible visual interface to support educators map out a Learning Design in order to see the objectives and student/tutor/resource activity flows. Contact: Andrew Brasher

(Design Studio)

A version for the award winning OU module "Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century" providing a radically stripped down user interface for students to map design concepts in Compendium, and tutors to comment on them. Contact: Prof. Peter Lloyd

(CogNexus Institute)

A version optimized for very large data sets and collaborative mapping via locally networked users on an intranet. Developed to support CogNexus' large client organizations for whom Compendium is a key tool. Contact: CogNexus Group.

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CompendiumLD is a software tool for designing learning activities using a flexible visual interface. It is being developed as a tool to support lecturers, teachers and others involved in education to help them articulate their ideas and map out the design or learning sequence. Feedback from users suggests the process of visualising design makes their design ideas more explicit and highlights issues that they may not have noticed otherwise. It also provides a useful means of representing their designs so that they can be shared with others. CompendiumLD provides a set of icons to represent the components of learning activities; these icons may be dragged and dropped, then connected to form a map representing a learning activity. The icons for mapping argumentation provided by Compendium are also available and can be used within CompendiumLD maps to map issues with or discussions about particular learning activities.

What can I do with CompendiumLD?

  • You can use CompendiumLD to work through the design of learning activities, starting from the learning outcomes and all the way through to task timing. CompendiumLD will prompt you to think about assessment, e.g. should it be formative, summative?
  • You can create a repository of resources to be used in an activity by attaching media and text files to nodes in the diagram, simply by dragging them onto the design.
  • You can annotate an existing design (produced by you or your colleagues) by adding captions to each icon, specifying further details of the activity at that point, or asking questions.
  • You can share designs in a variety of ways, from simple diagrammatic jpeg image files through to interactive web friendly versions of learning design maps.
  • You can use CompendiumLD maps to demonstrate that you have a thorough, well thought out design.

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