Reusable Learning Objects Approach to Web-based Education

V. Uskov and M. Uskova (USA)


Learning objects, learning atoms, information atoms, learning activities.


Traditional academic and training courses are built as large, monolithic structures that are 1) nonflexible, 2) difficult to repurpose into searchable self-paced objects, and 3) fixed in length, sequence and scope. The instructor-led model does not address the need for similar knowledge and skills to be taught on self-paced, media driven platforms such as Web. The new reusable learning objects (RLO) strategy addresses this problem [1]. Moreover, an online course that is built-on RLO strategy gains a "value-add" that in most cases will pay off many times over (in terms of learning effectiveness, development time, costs, etc.). This research paper attempts conceptually to describe modularity (granularity) of learning sequences, learning activities and actions, reusable learning objects and atoms, and reusable information atoms. The premise is that later on those conceptual modular models can be formalized in a form of working models (for example, agent-based models) and be used in Web-Based Education (WBE), providing increased effectiveness and efficiency of both WBE related instructional design and teaching and learning processes.

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