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What is Learning Object (LO)

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition
This is the smallest element of meaningful instruction, independent of other pieces of instruction and correlated with a specific learning objective. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) defines a learning object as any entity, digital or non-digital, that may be used for learning, education or training.
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Towards a Methodology for Semantic and Context-Aware Mobile Learning
Fayrouz Soualah-Alila (University of Burgundy, France), Christophe Nicolle (University of Burgundy, France), and Florence Mendes (University of Burgundy, France)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch578
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IEEE defines a learning object as “any entity, digital or not-digital, which can be used, re-used, or referenced during technology supported learning.” Many other definitions have been published that generally consider a learning object as a unit of reusable learning content that may range from a single file, to a collection of files that make up a lesson, to the content of an entire course.
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The Prospects for Teaching in Virtual Worlds
A reusable unit of instruction for e-learning. Learning objects are special types of learning resources, self-consistent, modular, accessible, reusable and interoperable, characteristics which allow their use in different contexts.
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Virtual Community of Learning Object Repository
LO is a reusable and self-contained learning material with an associated learning objective. The learning materials can be content, practice, and/or assessment in the format that can be delivered using the Internet.
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Architectures for 3D Virtual Environments
A web-based tool that provides support to the interactive learning of a given concept, facilitating the cognitive process of learners in virtual environments.
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