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What are the best Online Learning Objects?

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When we were on a bike tour with the company through Holland (The Netherlands, a Western European country, for people who don’t know) with a small operator (www.hollandcycletours.com) we had a lot of time to discuss online learning with eachother. Eventually we came up with a list of the best online learning object. I’d like to share them with you here. Online learning objects help make the learning process easier, faster, and more effective. Learning objects can take many forms from graphics to text to simple shapes and diagrams. What they all have in common, however, is their ability to break down complex concepts and relationships into simple parts, which are then given to the learner to understand. Online learning objects allow learners to look at both the big picture and big concepts they are trying to learn and also understand the small parts that make up the big picture This philosophy takes many different shapes when implemented as an online learning object or course. The particular shape and form of the learning module are determined by how creative the module builder is. The good news is that if you are interested in building online learning modules, you don’t have to start from scratch. There are many learning object templates available online. With only a few clicks and forms to fill, you can easily come up with a solid learning object The great thing about using pre-made objects is that they save you a lot of time and a lot of the initial testing has already been handled by the template producer. The downside, of course, is that the module might be a bad fit for the group of learners who will use the module. If you are interested in building your own learning objects from the ground up, here are the three main features of the best learning objects

Simplicity
If your learning object has too many bells and whistles, you run the risk of confusing the learner. You have to strip down the object to its bare essentials. The simpler, the better. In a way, objects are like sentences. To be an effective writer and communicator, your sentences must contain one idea each. This makes for easier digestion. The same principle applies to objects. Their focus must be narrow. One object. One objective.

Efficiency is the key
Online learning objects must produce quick results. You can only do this when the object’s mechanism are automated in the back end. Don’t leave any guesswork to the student using the materials. Their focus should only be on getting the principle the object is trying to teach. Don’t cloud their understanding by having them do the heavy lifting of processing the object’s inner scoring or answer discovery mechanisms.

Flexibility
Build once, reuse many times. This should be one of the key principles driving your learning object design. Get the most out of the time and resources you invested in the objects you’ve made so far by designing in re-usability. Re-usability requires flexibility. Make sure your materials can work in a wide variety of situations and contexts. The sky is the limit..

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April 24th, 2015 at 5:39 pm

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