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Cast of Characters

This book is written as a series of conversations. In each conversation the participants discuss, argue about, and develop issues critical to the effective design and instructional use of learning objects. The cast of characters includes:

  • Cory the Corporate - a practicing instructional designer at a major corporation
  • Devin the Developer - a professional software developer
  • Ike the Idealist - a graduate student (see Notes below)
  • Olivia the Open - an open source software zealot and open content evangelist
  • Rita the Researcher - a professor of instructional technology
  • Stan the Standard - an advocate of learning technology standards like IEEE/LTSC or IMS
  • Tina the Teacher - a middle school science teacher (see Notes below)
  • Vince the Vice President - a CTO of an educational content/software company
  • Gina the Graphic designer - a professional graphic designer
  • Pete the Project Manager - Manager of Instructional design projects at a large commercial firm

Each of these brings a unique perspective to the conversation.

How to Use this Book

As the book is being authored on a wiki, I hope that individuals like each of the characters will represent their perspectives first hand. YES, this means I hope that you will add to the conversation when you see a need. Even if you only ask a question as a character, and want a response from me as another character, go ahead! And don't be afraid that you'll break or ruin anything... change tracking let's me see exactly what has and hasn't happened for each chapter.

Notes

These characters are being written in by authors other than David. They are currently not well integrated into the book and their comments may eventually be given to other characters.

The wiki for the book can be found at Conversations About Learning Objects

Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . admin. (2006, January 17). Cast of Characters & How To Use This Book. Retrieved January 07, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: http://ocw.usu.edu/instructional-technology-learning-sciences/advanced-topics-in-learning-object-design-and-reuse/characters.htm. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License
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