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Widgets, Gizmos, Gadgets etc.

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Learning Objects (Widgets, Gadgets, Gizmos, Web Services)

Wisconsin Online Resource Center, Robert J. Beck suggests that learning objects have the following key characteristics:

  • Learning objects are a new way of thinking about learning content. Traditionally, content comes in a several hour chunk. Learning objects are much smaller units of learning, typically ranging from 2 minutes to 15 minutes.
  • Are self-contained – each learning object can be taken independently
  • Are reusable – a single learning object may be used in multiple contexts for multiple purposes
  • Can be aggregated – learning objects can be grouped into larger collections of content, including traditional course structures
  • Are tagged with metadata – every learning object has descriptive information allowing it to be easily found by a search[UOFW]

For our purposes, learning objects may also include widgets, gadgets, and "gizmos" made available from various sources which may be accessed from a specific location or embedded into websites etc.

I am also including Virtual Field Trips, Podcasts, Vodcasts, Screencasts etc.