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ERIC Number: EJ829898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1449-5554
Instructional Designers' Conceptualisations of Learning Objects
Francis, David E.; Murphy, Elizabeth
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, v24 n5 p475-486 2008
The purpose of the study reported on in this paper was to gain insight into how instructional designers conceptualise learning objects (LOs) and their attributes. It aimed to identify the range and types of conceptualisations of LO attributes held by a group of designers. Data were collected during two phases of semi-structured phone interviews with 10 instructional designers working in Canadian colleges and universities. Open, axial and selective coding were used to analyse data. Designers identified the following attributes of LOs: digital, interactive, pedagogically purposeful, pedagogically worthwhile, pedagogically assessable, usable, reusable, peer reviewable and granular. Designers conceptualised LOs and their attributes with more of a focus on pedagogical best practices rather than a focus on technical definitions of LOs.
Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Ascilite Secretariat, P.O. Box 44, Figtree, NSW, Australia. Tel: +61-8-9367-1133; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada