A self-paced learning module which helps acquaint you with the basic concepts around learning objects
Type of Material:
A self-paced learning module with interactive self-testing
To acquaint faculty members, learning module designers and course designers with the basic properties of learning objects.
This resource requires Windows and as such is not accessible by Mac users unless they have Virtual PC.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Define what is a "learning object", based upon current and popular thoughts on the subject. List three advantages for the use of learning objects. Describe the future of the concept of learning objects. Locate at least one example of a learning object on the Internet
Target Student Population:
Faculty and Technology Support Staff
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
Very good resource to quickly introduce the concept of learning objects. It is well referenced with links to references.
Definitions and explanations are clear and concise.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The resource should be very effective in explaining the concept of learning objects. The explanations are clear and the references allow the user to explore concepts in more depth. The resource itself was a good example of a learning object. Anyone trying to market to faculty the usefulness of MERLOT could use this site as an introduction to learning objects. The site would also be useful for orienting new members to MERLOT editorial boards on what to look for in learning objects.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The resource was easily navigated and explicit instructions for navigation were provided. Using the resource was a pleasant experience due to the layout of the module and the graphical interest. Each learning module is organized first with concept-by-concept theoretical content, followed by an overall summary. The interactive quizzes aided in the learning experience.
1- The resource needed to be downloaded. This site is Windows-based, thereby excluding Mac users--of whom there are many in academia (unless they have Virtual PC). 2- On some of the pages, the next/back navigation buttons don\'t go to their intended destination, requiring the user to circumnavigate by going Home to get to the next page.
Other Issues and Comments:
Six \"advantages to designing instructional material as learning objects\" are noted--which could well be used as criteria for evaluating learning objects in MERLOT.