Learning Object Design OpenCourseWare: USU's Free Bachelor Level Teacher Education Course

Published Feb 04, 2009

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'A 'learning object' is...' - that's the first problem tackled in this free OpenCourseWare from Utah State University. Undergraduate students enrolled in a bachelor's degree in education with an emphasis on instructional technology may take 'Advanced Topics in Learning Object Design and Reuse'. Additionally, students in a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an eye to working with educational tools may find it interesting as well.

Advanced Topics in Learning Object Design and Reuse: Course Specifics

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Advanced Topics in Learning Object Design and Reuse: Course Description

Professor David Wiley, Ph.D. is an award-winning pioneer in online learning. This course is designed for online use. The textbook is a wiki, and the chapters are sprinkled with links. Students are encouraged to add to the textbook. The purpose of the course is to help students gain an understanding of 'learning objects', specifically how to create them, how they are designed and how they can be reused. Students are required to complete a weekly reading and answer questions (found at the end of the reading) in a blog. In addition, there are two assignments that students are given the length of the course to complete. The first assignment is to design and create a publicly accessible collection of learning objects (about 50). The second assignment is a written report of how the students designed their learning objects.

This free course is entirely available online, including the textbook, assignment and resource links. If it sounds like a course you'd like to pursue, check out advanced topics in learning object design and reuse course page.

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