What are Learning Objects?
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Learning Objects (LOs) are small, reusable components of instructional media. The fundamental idea behind LOs is the creation of instructional components that can be reused numerous times in different learning contexts. In addition, these LOs can be delivered over the Internet and can be accessed by a number of individuals simultaneously, with minimal effort. Therefore, instructors would not have to develop their own instructional components. Instead they could use objects developed by others, bypassing the step of breaking down lessons developed by others in order to reassemble into their own lesson format to support their individual instructional goals. This modularity will allow for increased speed and efficiency of instructional development and decrease faculty preparation time.

Design to Dissemination Veterinary Food Safety Education learning objects are designed to provide instructors with high quality, creative and engaging teaching resources that cover the major foodborne diseases of animal origin. The learning objects will be interactive, learner-centered, and clinically relevant integrating all aspects of foodborne diseases. The various learning objects will include basics of the disease agents and pathophysiology of the diseases in animals, virtual tours of relevant food production operations, and problem-based, epidemiological cases for students to work through.

In keeping with the true spirit of learning objects, and in trying to make them as reusable as possible, we have adopted specific characteristics.

  • self-contained units of digital content
  • retrievable from an online repository
  • reusable and repurposeable across courses, educational levels and health-care disciplines
  • able to be grouped with other learning objects to form an aggregate of instructional content
  • designed to include a summary of the concepts introduced
  • interoperable on different learning systems

Higher level learning objects are:

  • interactive through application, self-assessment and tracking components
  • designed to include a summary of the concepts introduced

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