This is the online version of The Instructional Use of Learning Objects,
a new book that tries to go beyond the technological hype and connect learning objects
to instruction and learning. You can read the full text of the book here for free.
The chapters presented here are © their respective authors and are licensed under
the Open Publication License,
meaning that you are free to copy and redistribute them in any electronic or
non-commercial print form. For-profit print rights are held by AIT/AECT.
The book was edited by
David Wiley, and
printed versions of the book
are published by the Association for Instructional Technology
and the Association for Educational
Communications and Technology. If you find the online book useful, please
purchasing a printed copy.
In addition to reading the book, at this website you can participate in discussions
of the book's chapters with the authors and others, submit any corrections
should you find errors in a chapter, and discuss other issues related to learning
objects, instruction, and learning.
February 2002. The book website is now the first result on
searching for learning objects! Thanks to everyone who has enjoyed and
linked to the book!
August 2001. The book is off the press and now available for purchase! Buy the book
here! There has been a delay adding the nicely formatted PDFs of the book chapters to the website (to
replace the awful Word files); however, they are coming. Thanks for your patience.
May 2001. The book has gone to the printer as of 9:00am, May 30th!
Links for ordering print copies will be available soon. Also, watch for
nicely formatted chapter PDFs to replace the ugly Word files below sometime
During April of 2001 we saw the 10,000th chapter downloaded (six months
from site launch)! Thank you
for your continued support and interest in The Instructional Use of
Please don't forget to take part in a Chapter forum if you feel so inclined.
November 2000. Site launch! The chapters below have not yet undergone their
final pre-print-publication formatting. Until this occurs they will only be available
in MS Word format. I apologize for the inconvenience.
The book is divided into five major sections.
Click on a section heading above to go directly to that section, or scroll down
to browse the entire book.
- Learning objects explained
- Learning objects and constructivist thought
- Learning objects and people
- Learning objects implementation war stories
- Learning objects and the future
1.0. Learning objects explained
2.0. Learning objects and constructivist thought
3.0. Learning objects and people
4.0. Learning objects implementation war stories
5.0. Learning objects and the future
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