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This book is the foundation for an Instructional Technology doctoral seminar at Utah State University, being offered in Fall 2005. You can contribute to the text of book! Most of the text is being written, and edited for publication, by David Wiley. The book will be available in free and open full text online, like Prof. Wiley's first book on learning objects, The Instructional Use of Learning Objects , and will be available in print form as well.

This text was originally written in a wiki, which can be found here.

Table of Contents

  1. Cast of Characters & How To Use This Book
  2. The Definition Debate
  3. How Big Should a Learning Object Be?: The Reusability Paradox
  4. That's Fitting, Somehow: Internal and External Context
  5. Things to Consider Before Using Learning Objects
  6. Anything or Automating: Should Learning Objects be Strictly Structured?
  7. Tuples: The Three Kinds of Reuse
  8. Learning Object Metaphors and their Implications for Reuse
  9. Automated Assembly of Learning Objects
  10. The Sixth Sense Effect: Instructional Risks of Automation
  11. Providing Context for Reuse: Singing in the Rain
  12. But Wait! There's More: Content, Strategy, and Discourse Objects
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