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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. 

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Subject Headings

Instructional systems -- Design

Educational technology

Education, Higher -- Computer-assisted instruction

Web-based instruction

Teaching -- Aids & devices

Blended learning

Computer-aided instruction

Education --Computer network resources

Internet in Education

Getting Started


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

Learning Objects for Library Instruction (PowerPoint)

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.

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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.


Suggestions and Feedback

Do you use any tools we haven't listed? Please let us know!

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