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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 Web: http://reusability.org/read/chapters/wiley.doc

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 Lunaire
George Crumb: Voice of the Whale (Flash) (HTML)
Contemporary Cello Techniques (Flash) (HTML)
Arnold Schoenberg: Three Piano Pieces, Op. 11, No. 1
Arnold Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony, Op. 9
Elliott Carter: Enchanted Preludes
Claude Debussy: Cello Sonata
Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book 1, No. 8, "La fille aux cheveux de lin"

New Works
Prof. Charles Norman Mason: Fast Break!

Student Projects
Igor Stravinsky: Dirge Canons form In Memoriam Dylan Thomas
Steve Reich: Music for Pieces of Wood

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Prof. Timothy Cutler: Tonal Theory Project

Copyright c. 2005 Timothy Cutler. The Orpheus Alliance retains non-exclusive
rights for the purpose of distrubtion, dissemination and archiving.