The Pedagogical Plan Manager (PPM) is a prototype web-based environment supporting pedagogical planning, developed within the ReMATH project (6FP) by ITD-CNR.
The basic idea underpinning the PPM is to represent pedagogical plans as hierarchical entities which can be built and read at different levels of detail.
This structure should support both “authors” (providing them with the possibility to work with a top-down structure) and “readers”, who in top-down organization have a facilitating factor for understanding complex plans, i.e. grasping the general structure, relating rationales with concrete details, etc.
Accordingly, each plan features a number of attributes for expressing (among other things) the reason why an intervention is proposed, the theoretical and didactical framework in which it is positioned, the innovation it is intended to introduce and the way it is to be implemented. The aim is to bring to light key (often submerged) issues involved in the designing process and in the resulting design artefact, as well as to foster reflection on the adopted solutions.
The attributes of the pedagogical plan are organized in a schema of descriptors. These descriptors are grouped into four major categories - Identity, Target, Rationale, Specifications - each of which is further refined into more detailed descriptor sets and single descriptors.
The PPM interface has been designed so as to allow both authors and readers to deal easily and naturally with the hierarchical structure, to navigate from the general to the particular and vice versa, and to explicitly select the descriptors they want to focus on.
Links to extended descriptions: (any link that provides extended descriptions, such as links to EduTech wiki, to papers, to project sites, etc.)
Olimpo G., Bottino R.M., Earp J., Ott M., Pozzi F., Tavella M. (2010), Pedagogical plans as communication oriented objects, Computers & Education, 55, 476-488.
About: (institution developing / maintaining the tool) ITD-CNR
Contact: Francesca Pozzi (firstname.lastname@example.org)