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Object lessons: a learning object approach to e-learning for social work education

Ballantyne, Neil (2007) Object lessons: a learning object approach to e-learning for social work education. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 25 (1/2). pp. 1-16. ISSN 1522-8835

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Abstract

Learning objects are bite-sized digital learning resources designed to tackle the e-learning adoption problem by virtue of their scale, adaptability, and interoperability. The learning object approach advocates the creation of small e-learning resources rather than whole courses: resources that can be mixed and matched; used in a traditional or online learning environment; and adapted for reuse in other discipline areas and in other countries. Storing learning objects within a subject specific digital repository to enable search, discovery, sharing and use adds considerable value to the model. This paper explores the rationale for a learning object approach to e-learning and reflects on early experiences in developing a national learning object repository for social work education in Scotland.