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Reusability of Learning Objects

For LT8000 Foundations in Instructional Design and Technology – I’ve been assigned the task of researching, presenting, and writing about the topic of “Learning Objects.” One of the concepts that has surfaced from my reading is the idea that learning objects are reusable. Following the trail of reusability, I’ve found that even though the instructional content of a given learning object is designed for a specific context, it can still be shared with other users, customized, or combined with other learning objects for another purpose. This characteristic provides a number of benefits. It allows knowledge to be sustained in the form of e-learning material that is available beyond the time-limits of a particular project or course. It avoids the development of redundant materials, saving time, financial, technical and human resources. It allows the information to be used in different disciplines including academia, military, government, business and industry. For instance a learning object on the basic description of water might be developed for a technical college course on water management. It might also be combined with a series of other learning objects for a college course in anatomy and physiology, used in a presentation on water budgets at a civic meeting, or rice production in an extension service program. The reusability aspect of learning objects offers many options for disseminating knowledge to a wide and diverse audience of learners in a global market.

About Dr. Terrie Buckner

A native of Ohio, Terrie moved to Georgia in the mid-1970's. She studied Business Management at Shorter University, then earned a Master's degree in Adult Education and Occupational Studies and a doctorate in Adult Education and Human Resources and Organizational Development from The University of Georgia. Terrie's doctoral research, entitled "Engaging Moments: Adult Educators Reading and Responding to Emotion in the Classroom," was featured at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Student Research Conference in 2007. Terrie's practice has focused on workforce development in the fields of Early Care and Education and Social Services as well as the Training of Trainers and Educators who work in those fields, Instructional Design and Technology, and Human Performance Improvement. Terrie is a popular conference presenter and trainer in both fields, an approved Level III trainer, CDA, and Administration trainer in Georgia, a Certified Trainer in S.Carolina, and Certified Brain Compatible Learning trainer. She co-authored two certification programs currently in use nationwide and has authored numerous e-learning courses offered by private providers.

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