(adapted from Robert J. Beck from U. Milwakee)
Reload objectives include the production of a suite of software tools for authoring and delivery of standard-compliant learning objects. Reload has free content packaging software available for download.
The course: The unit of learning best understood by traditional educators The learning object: “Any digital resource that can be used to support learning.” (David A. Wiley, II) Internet has encouraged deconstructing the “course” into small pieces of instruction– the “Learning Object”
In order to be effective and valuable, the individual items in a digital repository must be (from educause 2001):
Excerpt from that page: “What seems “fixed” - or at least seems to work better: In this iteration, OERs expand the notion of reusable educational resources to include adaptation and sharing by the learner. This is accomplished through more liberal licensing (diriviative works / share alike), as well as expanded access outside of traditional proprietary walled gardens. By moving reusable educational resources out of proprietary systems and formats into the realm of the Internet, both producers and users can take advantage of common Internet search and sharing functions, including RSS, which allows learners to pull the content versus having it pushed to them in canned packages of learning content. ”