Many from one: repurposing learning objects to meet discipline-specific needs.
IADIS Journal on WWW/Internet, 8, (1), .
Interactive online learning materials designed as reusable Learning Objects (LOs) offer scope for use in different teaching and learning contexts and ease of repurposing to meet the specific needs of different student user groups. At the University of Southampton, collaborations between an eLearning research and development group within Modern Languages and subject specialists from a range of different disciplines have generated discipline-specific LOs using a pedagogic template for the design of LOs and an authoring tool developed in–house. By repurposing generic LOs, LOs focusing on study skills with discipline-specific content have been made for students of Music, Archaeology, English Literature, and Modern Languages. With reference to the pedagogic design of the LOs, the authoring tool and the crossdisciplinary collaboration processes involved, this paper will seek to show how a simple model for crossdisciplinary collaboration can be used to plan, develop and embed relevant and meaningful project output directly into teaching and learning contexts.
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