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IT Academic Core Processes & Systems (ACPS)
While serving as a vehicle for major changes in the way people communicate, the Internet has also had a significant impact on the way people learn. This shift is inevitably causing a transformation in the way educational material is designed, developed and delivered. In turn, this has encouraged the creation of components called
that can be re-used in different learning contexts and by multiple faculty members simultaneously.
What is a Learning Object?
The discussions around the exact definition of a Learning Object are endless and we have yet to find one approved by all organizations in the Instructional Design field. For the present, the ACPS has chosen a simple explanation to facilitate the understanding of these digital educational aids.
"A Learning Object is any digital resource that can be reused to support learning."
- David Wiley (2000).
Digital resources can be images or photos, live data feeds, live or pre-recorded video or audio, animations, simulations, web-delivered applications like a Java calculator and so on.
Properties of a Learning Object
The following are the key properties of
(adapted from the Wisconsin Online Resource Center, Robert J. Beck):
They are reusable:
A single learning object may be used in multiple contexts for multiple purposes
They can be aggregated:
Learning objects can be grouped into larger collections of content, including traditional course structures
They are tagged with metadata:
Every learning object has descriptive information allowing it to be easily found during search
They are self-contained:
Each learning object can be taken independently
They are small units of learning:
"Typically" ranging from 2 minutes to 15 minutes
Any digital resource with the above properties may be considered a
Creating a Learning Object
The ACPS Instructional Designers offer assistance in designing and creating Learning Objects. All what you need to do is to email
describing what you want to create, and we will reply back to you as soon as possible.