Learning Objects



Learning objects is a fairly new instructional technology concept. According to David Wiley (2002) in The Instructional Use of Learning Objects, "The fundamental idea behind learning objects is that instructional designers can build small (relative to the size of an entire course) instructional components that can be reused a number of times in different learning contexts. Additionally, learning objects are generally understood to be digital entities deliverable over the Internet" (p. 4). In other words, it is a small, resuable chunk of content in digital format. We use them to review for tests or to reinforce important concepts of our online lecture content. The Examples link will show you learning objects that we have created using either StudyMate software, Macromedia Flash, or Hot Potatoes. The Learning Object Repositories are sites that offer numerous learning objects genereally free of charge to educators if permission is requested.