Example uses of a learning object
Williams, S., Baker, K., Sun, L., Fu, Y., Johns, K., Ousmanou, K. and Lubega, J. (2004) Example uses of a learning object. In: Cheung, R., Lau, R. and Li, Q. (eds.) New Horizon in Web-based Learning. World Scientific Publ Co Pte Ltd, Singapore, pp. 51-58. ISBN 9812560297
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A self study course for learning to program using the C programming language has been developed. A Learning Object approach was used in the design of the course. One of the benefits of the Learning Object approach is that the learning material can be reused for different purposes. 'Me course developed is designed so that learners can choose the pedagogical approach most suited to their personal learning requirements. For all learning approaches a set of common Assessment Learning Objects (ALOs or tests) have been created. The design of formative assessments with ALOs can be carried out by the Instructional Designer grouping ALOs to correspond to a specific assessment intention. The course is non-credit earning, so there is no summative assessment, all assessment is formative. In this paper examples of ALOs and their uses is presented together with their uses as decided by the Instructional Designer and learner. Personalisation of the formative assessment of skills can be decided by the Instructional Designer or the learner using a repository of pre-designed ALOs. The process of combining ALOs can be carried out manually or in a semi-automated way using metadata that describes the ALO and the skill it is designed to assess.