ERIC Number: EJ694832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Reference Count: 40
Developing a University Course for Online Delivery Based on Learning Objects: From Ideals to Compromises
Wilhelm, Pierre; Wilde, Russ
Open Learning, v20 n1 p65-81 Feb 2005
A course instructor and his assistant at Athabasca University investigated whether the process of transferring interoperable learning objects from online repositories facilitated course production, both pedagogically and economically. They examined the efficiency of the objects-assembly method from several perspectives while developing an online university course based on learning objects for this, one of Canada's leading online and distance education institutions. The two researchers examined issues that confronted them as they gathered, assessed, repaired, assembled and created learning objects. When their search for suitable objects appeared fruitless, they questioned assumptions made by theoreticians and visionaries about pedagogical and economic efficiencies associated with the objects-assembly metaphor and production. They highlighted this metaphor's failure to guide their course design based on learning objects in a climate of uncertainty and explained the nature of the compromise that eventually compelled them to acquire a proprietary online delivery system.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Virtual Universities, Figurative Language, Delivery Systems, Distance Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada