TY - journal PY - 2002 T2 - International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning TI - When is a learning object not an object UR - http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/106/185 PB - Athabasca University AU - Mike Sosteric AB - For some, “learning objects1 “ are the “next big thing” in distance education promising smart learning environments, fantastic economies of scale, and the power to tap into expanding educational markets. While learning objects may be revolutionary in the long term, in the short term, definitional problems and conceptual confusion undermine our ability to understand and critically evaluate the emerging field. This article is an attempt to provide an adequate definition of learning objects by: a) jettisoning useless theoretical links hitherto invoked to theorize learning objects; and b) reducing the definition of learning objects to the bare essentials. The article closes with suggestions for further research and further refinement of the definition of learning objects. Dr. S. |

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(2016) Family Breakdown, Therapy that Works. [Magazine Article] [cite]

(2016) Intimate Partner Violence, Socjourn. [Magazine Article] [read cite]

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S., Michael (2014) Endowing Mediocrity: Neoliberalism, Information Technology, and the Decline of Radical Pedagogy. In Blaise Cronin Cassidy R. Sugimoto (Ed.), Scholarly Metrics Under the Microscope. (pp. 773-818). Information Today[Book Chapter] [cite]

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S., Michael (2013) Sociology of Religion (AU Sociology Course). Athabasca University. [Course Ware] [read cite]

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(2012) The emotional abuse of our children: Teachers, schools, and the sanctioned violence of our modern institutions, The Socjourn. [Journal Article] [read cite]

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(2004) The International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication — an idea whose time has come (finally!), Learned Publishing, 17: (4), (pp. 319-325). [Journal Article] [read cite]

S., Michael (2004) A first step towards a theory of learning objects. In Rory McGreal (Ed.), Online Education Using Learning Objects. (pp. 32-43). Routledge Falmer[Book Chapter] [cite]

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(2002) When is a learning object not an object, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 3: (2) [Journal Article] [read cite]

S., Michael (2001) The new virtual university and the changing market for higher education: creating opportunities with technology. In (Ed.), Digital Developments in Higher Education. (pp. 161-168). Taylor Graham[Book Chapter] [cite]

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(1996) Subjectivity and the Labour Process: Conceptualising 'Good Work', Work, Employment, and Society, 10: (2), (pp. 297-318). [Journal Article] [read cite]

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