On Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at the Rural Education Technology Summit, Secretary Duncan of the US Department of Education, Secretary Clough of the Smithsonian Institution and Chairman Genachowski of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) discussed the relevance of learning object repositories (also known as learning registries).
We are working with an innovative group on a learning object repository (LOR), a searchable database where educators are able to share, manage, modify and use educational resources. A LOR may be comprised of curriculum resources as well as smaller learning objects. For search-ability items include metadata. For this project, we are supported by the Informing Science Institute and a team lead by Alex Koohang, Dean School of Information Systems, Macon State College, and Kevin Floyd of Macon State College, which are our developing and supporting the LOR. The LOR can be found at http://www.maconstateit.net/lor/index.php LEARNING OBJECTS
A learning object is a stand-alone teaching or learning resource or activity that uses technology and is shared with a larger community of educators. Robert J. Beck (2008) suggests that learning objects have the following key characteristics:
Ø“Learning objects are a new way of thinking about learning content. Learning objects are much smaller units of learning, typically ranging from 5 minutes to 15 minutes. ØAre self-contained – each learning object can be taken independently ØAre reusable – a single learning object may be used in multiple contexts ØCan be aggregated – learning objects can be grouped into larger collections of content, including traditional course structures ØAre tagged with metadata – every learning object has descriptive information allowing it to be easily found by a search”
Learning objects can take many forms and examples may include, but are not limited to:
oRubrics oUTube/Teacher Tube/Other Video oDemonstration oA Web-Based Resource oAssessment oA Puzzle/Game/or Other Such Activity oA PowerPoint Presentation oA Graphic Organizer oA Worksheet oJournal Prompt, etc.
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