Tutorial on Modeling Adaptive Units of Learning
with IMS LD Authoring Tools

in conjunction with the 18th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2010)

Putrajaya, Malaysia

November 29 or 30, 2010 (Full Day)

Organized by the
Centre of Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC)

and the



IMS Learning Design (IMS LD) is an open specification to support interoperability of advanced educational designs for a wide range of solutions for technology-enhanced learning and other types of units of learning (UoL). The specification has been released in 2003 [1] and has been subject to a broad scientific discussion [2, 3]. Recent developments in the context of the TENCompetence project [4] have led to an improved set of tools and services for modeling and deploying educational designs in IMS LD [5]. Furthermore the GRAPPLE project has developed authoring tools and runtime environments for adaptive educational hypermedia environments, for which interfacing with IMS-LD is researched.

The main benefit of IMS LD is that it allows the planning and the formal description of educational and instructional designs beyond the arrangement of resources. Through IMS LD it becomes possible to model and provide instructional designs on different platforms.

As the main outcome of the tutorial participants will be able to work with ReCourse as an authoring tools for units of learning and be able to implement interoperable and adaptive UoLs.


This full day interactive tutorial provides a practitioners' perspective to IMS LD. In the morning the background information on IMS LD is introduced and short instruction on handling the authoring and deployment environment. The afternoon will be interactive hands-on modeling of personalizable UoLs in IMS LD.

This tutorial introduces basic modeling approaches for effective use of IMS LD for creating adaptive UoLs. The participants will apply these modeling approaches using the ReCourse editor for creating simple adaptive and personalizable courses and learn how to apply the modeling approaches into practice.

The participants are encouraged to use their own content for modeling educational modules.

  • Introduction to IMS LD and adaptive instructional design
  • Introduction to the ReCourse editor
  • Generic modeling concepts of IMS LD
  • Modeling concepts for personalization and adaptation
      o Level A: learning path variations for different roles
      o Level B: interactive content

After the lunch break the participants learn modeling concepts for adaptive UoLs in hands on exercises. Through these series of activities the participants develop practical knowledge for leveraging personalization using interactive resources through the following adaptation approaches.

  • Adaptive sequencing
  • Adaptive content presentation
  • Adaptive content selection

Dr. Christian Glahn & Prof. Dr. Marcus Specht
Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC),
Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands


The tutorial is limited to 20 participants. The participants are expected to use their personal laptops.

All registered participants of the conference are entitled to join this tutorial without additional participation fees. Interested party needs to enroll in this event by sending an e-mail to Dr. Christian Glahn (christian.glahn@ou.nl) before 15 October 2010.


The ReCourse Authoring Tool is available at (required for the tutorial)

TENCompetence LD Runtime can be used to test IMS LD UoLs. It is available at


[1] IMS Global Learning Consortium: Learning Design Specification. Technical specification, IMS Global Learning Consortium (2003) http://www.imsglobal.org/learningdesign/

[2] Jeffery, A. & Currier, S.: What Is ... IMS Learning Design? Cetis, Standards Briefings Series, JISC (2003) http://zope.cetis.ac.uk/lib/media/WhatIsLD_web.pdf

[3]Koper, R. & Tattersall, C.: Learning Design: A Handbook on Modelling and Delivering Networked Education and Training. Springer, Heidelberg (2005)

[4] Koper, R., & Specht, M.: TEN-Competence: Life-Long Competence Development and Learning. In M-A. Cicilia (ed.), Competencies in Organizational e-learning: concepts and tools. Hershey: IGI-Global, 234-252 (2008)

[5] Sharples, P., Griffiths, D., & Scott, W.: Using Widgets to Provide Portable Services for IMS Learning Design. In R. Koper, K. Stefanov & D. Dicheva (eds.) Stimulating Personal Development and Knowledge Sharing, pp. 57-60. October, 30-31, 2008, Sofia, Bulgaria (2008)