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Purpose of the Experience

This course is designed to help you understand and apply advanced topics in the design, creation, and reuse of learning objects. The course is structured around a practical, hands-on project using learning objects, intermingled with readings and discussion on a variety of topics.

Required Textbook

The required textbook is Conversations About Learning Objects . You can read the entire text free online.

The Assignments

Create a blog. If you don't have a blog and don't know how to get one, see the directions on getting a blog .

Each week's reading (except for week 1) ends with a series of questions or points to ponder. You should respond to these weekly on your blog.

Academics generally go by the motto "publish or perish." In this class we will live by the MIT Media Lab motto "demo or die." Or, to be a little more nuanced, "imagine, realize, and critique." Your first assignment, by end of course, is to produce an instructionally meaningful aggregation of learning objects. The aggregation must meet the following requirements:

  • There are no restrictions on the topic of your aggregation
  • You can use or build any software application or system you like
  • You can use or build any kind of interface you like
  • You can host the aggregation anywhere you like, as long as it is publicly accessible
  • You should use at least 50 learning objects
  • You should author no more than 10% of the learning objects yourself
  • All learning objects should come from the publicly accessible Internet
  • There are no restrictions on the amount of context you provide or where it comes from

For the second assignment, you should also prepare a written piece describing the design decisions you made and the rationale for making them. The rubric used to assess this document is detailed below. To be brief, the document should reflect your careful study and pondering of the course readings. No, there is no minimum length. Make it as short as you can.

Since these are the only assignments for the entire term, you should put a significant amount of effort into them - one worthy of a semester-long project for a three credit course.

Rubric for Assignment

Your aggregation should meet the requirements outlined in the syllabus. The final paper should touch on each of the key topics/questions pulled out at the end of each chapter in the text book in the context of your aggregation. For example, at the end of the Singin in the Rain chapter, one such question is:

"In the brick-and-mortar metaphor of learning objects use, what factors go in to making a good mortar, and in building a useful brick structure?"

In the context of your assignment, you should describe the nature of your "mortar" and the "structure" of your bricks. Try to make your answers both thoughtful and accurate, length is not important. Make sure that you answer all the questions asked at the end of all the readings. There is no minimum length for the paper; please be as concise as you are able while providing sufficient answers to the questions.

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