WR8  Reusable Learning Object (RLO)

Objective -  By the end of the lesson, given instructions and an example, each scholar will:


Assignment Description

If you found developing your own lesson plans and handouts in addition to other course material somewhat time consuming you are not alone.  A reusable learning object can offer respite from developing large amounts of course materials and reduce your workload.  You may develop a multitude of RLOs throughout your teaching career.  Although RLOs are generally accepted as on-line pedagogicals, I consider every hand-out, slide show, poster, or physical item a learning object.  If that object can be used more than once, it becomes an RLO.  Consider the number of teachers in your field and the vast amount of learning objects all of you generate cumulatively.  Consider being able to share your collective course materials to provide new ideas and strategies to keep you class engaged and meaningful.  There are on-line repositories of RLOs available to you.  One such repository is Merlot.  Teachers post their RLOs for peer review and distribution.  As you develop interesting and effective learning objects, you might consider posting your own RLOs for other educators.

Read the Cognitive Design Solutions article on learning objects.  In your report compare and contrast the seven definitions relevant to the type of course you teach.  Explore the different types of repositories available to you.  In your report compare and contrast different types of repositories relevant to which is best for the type of course you teach based on your subject matter and age of your students (adolescent or adults).  Does the age of your students influence the type of RLO that is effective for your subject matter?   Then use an on-line repository to locate an RLO you could use in the CTE course you teach or will teach.  Remember write a report that addresses each objective.  Be sure to describe how you will integrate the RLO you selected and discuss the andragogical or pedagogical strategies you use to implement the RLO.  It may be to deliver content, conduct an activity, accommodate special needs students or help English learners with comprehension.  Use your imagination.  Remember to establish criteria to evaluate the efficacy of the resource before you decide to include it.  Send the report  to the class for discussion and attach the RLO.  Above all, have fun with this assignment.  It may make your teaching career more enjoyable for you and more effective for your students.


Additional Links

Peder Jacobsen http://docs.oasis-open.org/dita/v1.2/cs01/spec/archSpec/lc_spec_Overview_assumptions.html

Wisconsin online http://www.wisc-online.com/default.aspx

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee: Center for International Education http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/learning_objects.cfm?gid=56


Grading Criteria

This assignment is worth 10% of your grade. 

Reports meeting the following criteria will receive 9 points - 8 points for the report and 1 point for attaching your RLO

Participation in the on-line discussion via e-mail 1 point



Livengood-Clouse M.  (2012).  Finding Open Content/Reusable Instructional Materials.  University of Missouri.  Retrieved June 4, 2012 http://elearning.missouri.edu/finding-open-contentreusable-instructional-materials/

Cognitive Design Solutions  (2003).  Learning objects.   Retrieved November 8, 2013 http://www.cognitivedesignsolutions.com/Instruction/LearningObjects.htm