What is a Learning Object?
Learning Objects are digital materials with defined instructional value that can be used in a variety of ways to improve teaching and learning.
The ability to share quality teaching materials, targeting specific and known instructional goals, can help teachers and librarians develop an excellent teaching curriculum more quickly. Learners benefit from the ability to repeat an activity as many times as required to gain a full understanding of a concept.
Other definitions from EduTech Wiki
Looking for information on Learning Objects? Try a few of these search terms in our catalog or databases.
Instructional systems -- Design
Education, Higher -- Computer-assisted instruction
Teaching -- Aids & devices
Education --Computer network resources
Internet in Education
While the tools for teaching and learning have drastically changed over time, the fundamentals remain the same. We hope this site helps to answer your questions about using digital materials in education to build upon your ideas.
Learning about Learning Objects
LCMS = LMS + CMS [RLOs] Learning Management Systems, Content Management Systems, and Reusable Learning Objects Explained
Learning Objects Tutorial from Eduworks
Learning Objects Characteristics by Learning Object Authoring Zone Networks.
Practical Guidelines for Learning Object Granularity, an article by Kelvin Thompson and Francisca Yonekura
Converting Course Materials into Learning Objects, a PowerPoint presentation by Jinhee Choo and Norma I. Scagnoli, UIUC
Free Open Source E-learning an eLearning Technology blog by Tony Karrer.
Effective Learning Objects
The Development and Implementation of Learning Objects in a Higher Education Setting, by Kristy de Salas and Leonie Ellis
Guidelines and Standards for the Development of Fully Online Learning Objects, by Dr. Nicole A. Buzzetto-More and Kaye Pinhey
The Instructional Use of Learning Objects, an online book edited by David Wiley
Principles of effective learning objects (PDF) Guidelines from the Atlanta-Southern Regional Education Board
Reusable Learning Object Strategy: Designing and Developing Learning Objects for Multiple Learning Approaches, a white paper by Cisco Systems, Inc.
Learning Objects in the Library
We use a variety of digital objects at the library:
Our tutorials are produced with Camtasia, audio & podcasts with Audacity, screen shots with SnagIt, images for Photoshop, webpages in Dreamweaver and our live video is produced with Adobe Premier.
Use the tabs on this page to browse tools to enhance your teaching and learning.