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INTRODUCTION

GENERAL BACKGROUND

 History

 Definitions

ANALYSIS

 Reasons

 Strategies

 Categories

 Pros/Cons

 Best Practices

 Implementation

 Future

SYSTEMIC IMPACT

IMPLICATIONS

CONCLUSIONS

RECOMMENDATIONS

REFERENCES

APPENDICES

AUTHOR NOTES

TABLES

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Trends and Issues: The Impact of Learning Objects

Reasons to Have Learning Objects (LOs)

Clark and Rossett cite there are many reasons for having LOs, but the following “three R’s” of Learning Objects best describe the reasons (http://www.clomedia.com/content/templates/clo_feature.asp?articleid=24&zoneid=30, 2002):

  • Reduce - Developing materials as a LO reduces the content into manageable bites. By tagging and cataloging them, they become a flexible asset and can be used in a variety of ways.
  • Repurpose - Learning Objects can be used for different purposes. For example, sections of a video tape on Presentation Skills could be used in a Communication class as examples for students to review.
  • Recycle - Learning Objects are especially successful when recycled for new uses. For example, a videotape about CPR used in a First Aid class for management staff can be carved into a segment of a Health and Nutrition class.

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