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Interactive Logbook

11 Jan, 2006
An interactive log book tool
A summary of the Interactive Logbook project funded under the distributed e-learning strand.

This description takes the form of a questionnaire answered by the project team

Please describe the tool you are building

Interactive Logbook is a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) running on a personal computer or mobile device (such as a Java-enabled mobile phone). It integrates and aggregates the learner’s activities, from local applications (e.g. word processor, email) to institutional and public services (e.g. VLE, community portal, blogs). A significant element of the tool is its support of activity logging. A combination of automatic and manual log entries enable the learner to create a portfolio or PDP, or simply reflect on their personal learning journey.

What problem do you see the development of this tool helping to address? (ie the rationale for your project)

First, within and between institutions, students engage with a range of uncoordinated learning technologies. Even simple tasks like managing a timetable can be difficult if separate elements of it are published in many places. The IL helps the learner to manage their own learning by integrating the disparate resources.

Second, access to is widened through mobile and offline use of the system. Third, achievement and learning activity is recorded with minimum burden placed on the learner.

Who do you see the being the primary user(s) of this tool?

Any learner in post-16, Higher Education or engaged in lifelong learning.

How do you see your tool being used?

Downloaded by students onto desktops, laptops or pocket/phone devices as a convenient way of accessing electronic learning resources and managing their learning.

To use your tool, what infrastructure etc (if any) will be needed? (ie - could it be used stand-alone? Would it need a VLE/other system to be in place?)

The tool can be used entirely stand-alone, but optimum integration is achieved when institutions ensure that plug-ins have been developed or configured for their specific learning technologies (e.g. a plug-in to bring discussions held on a VLE to the Logbook)


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