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Learning Objects and Metadata


One characteristic of learning objects is that they carry metadata, or “data about data.” Metadata is descriptive information about a resource which may include the author’s name, the title, publication date, content, keywords, etc. Metadata is a digital form  of data similar to to data that used to be housed in a library card catalog. The metadata allows users to search and find a particular learning object by using the metadata. It allows you to locate the object quickly rather than investigating all the individual objects through which you are searching. Imagine trying to find Dickens’ Great Expectations by sorting through all the books in a library. The metadata enables computers to find learning objects by searching, as opposed to browsing the entire digital library one learning object at a time.

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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