How Reusable are Learning Object Templates : A Case Study

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2004-07
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF3 // The purpose of this paper is to share experiences gained at Open University Malaysia on the reusability of learning object templates. Learning object templates are a suite of instructional templates created collaboratively between Indiana University, Bloomington and Open University Malaysia. These instructional templates include but are not limited to the following: case-study, decision making, intelligent paragraphing, analytical thinking, time-revealed scenarios, matching and empirical observation. In propagating the culture of reusability of templates, subject-matter experts have been trained to create econtent using these templates. A simple but powerful training model has evolved at the Open University Malaysia to suit the demands and short-comings of local needs. Various content types were created as a result of the training and in this paper we will share experiences with subject matter experts, related to content in environmental science and corporate governance. Here, we will share the extent to which subject matter experts were able to reuse the templates and also the ability of the programmer to adjust the templates to accommodate minor changes that were incurred in reusing existing template structures. Other relevant information will be shared, such as methodology used to train subjectmatter experts, findings of two case studies quoted in this paper, verdict on how reusable are learning object templates and recommendations on future adoption of such an initiative to meet the UN Millenium Development Goals.

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