OpenGLM -- An Authoring and Sharing Tool for Learning Designs and Teaching Methods

Michael Derntl

This chapter presents the Open Graphical Learning Modeller (OpenGLM), an open-source learning design authoring tool which supports IMS Learning Design at levels A and B. The tool was conceived to facilitate non-IMS-LD experts in creating, sharing and reusing units of learning. To achieve this, OpenGLM focuses on two features that differentiate it from most other IMS-LD authoring tools. First, it adopts a visual modelling metaphor that conceals the complex and unintuitive elements and structures of IMS-LD from the graphical user interface. Second, it provides built-in search, import and export access to an open repository which hosts more than 80,000 educational resources ranging from single learning objects to full online courses. The benefits of using the OpenGLM approach are described, and opportunities identified for its adoption by practitioners.