What is a Learning Object?
"Learning objects are elements
of a new type of computer-based instruction grounded in the object-oriented
paradigm of computer science. Object-orientation highly values the
creation of components (called “objects”) that can be reused
(Dahl & Nygaard, 1966) in multiple contexts. This is the fundamental
idea behind learning objects: instructional designers can build small
(relative to the size of an entire course) instructional components
that can be reused a number of times in different learning contexts.
Additionally, learning objects are generally understood to be digital
entities deliverable over the Internet, meaning that any number of
people can access and use them simultaneously (as opposed to traditional
instructional media, such as an overhead or video tape, which can only
exist in one place at a time). Moreover, those who incorporate learning
objects can collaborate on and benefit immediately from new versions.
These are significant differences between learning objects and other
instructional media that have existed previously."
Wiley, D. A. (2000). Connecting
learning objects to instructional design theory: A definition, a metaphor,
and a taxonomy. In D. A. Wiley (Ed.), The Instructional Use of Learning
Objects: Online Version. Retrieved MONTH DAY, YEAR, from the World Wide
How Are Learning Objects Used in
ACS Music Programs?
The Orpheus Alliance is building a
set of learning objects that should be useful in music classes, to students
attending ACS music conferences. These include notes on performance
practice, streaming audio, animated scores, links to bibliographies,
and exercises for students. In the spring of 2003 we are began:
Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot
George Crumb: Voice of the Whale (Flash)
Contemporary Cello Techniques (Flash)
Arnold Schoenberg: Three
Piano Pieces, Op. 11, No. 1
Arnold Schoenberg: Chamber
Symphony, Op. 9
Elliott Carter: Enchanted
Claude Debussy: Cello
Claude Debussy: Preludes,
Book 1, No. 8, "La fille aux cheveux de lin"
Prof. Charles Norman Mason: Fast
Igor Stravinsky: Dirge
Canons form In Memoriam Dylan Thomas
Steve Reich: Music
for Pieces of Wood
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Prof. Timothy Cutler: Tonal
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Alliance retains non-exclusive
rights for the purpose of distrubtion, dissemination and archiving.