Digital learning objects

towards an understanding of their value in supporting key competencies within the New Zealand Curriculum framework.

Garry Falloon, Annick Janson, Robin Janson

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

Abstract

The notion of reusable, flexible, learning resources delivered digitally has for some years held appeal for educators and those involved in the design of learning environments (Ip & Morrison, 2001). The capacity to organise and structure learning materials in a manner which targets the specific learning needs of groups and individuals has been shown to optimise learning potential (BECTA, 2005), and increasingly the digital medium is being used to achieve this, through the development of niche software applications known as digital learning objects (DLOs). This paper explores the use of DLOs produced by the Le@rning Federation in range of Year 7/8 classes in a New Zealand Intermediate school. It provides a preliminary analysis of the type of thinking and collaborative skills and strategies students employed while using the objects, and offers early insights into the potential for DLOs to support the development of two key competencies as outlined in the new national curriculum framework (Ministry of Education, 2007).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACT on IcT
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Australian Computers in Education Conference 2008 (ACEC'08)
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherAustralian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE)
Pages77-90
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Computers in Education Conference 2008 - Canberra, Australia
Duration: 29 Sep 20082 Oct 2008

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Computers in Education Conference 2008
Abbreviated titleACEC2008
CountryAustralia
CityCanberra
Period29/09/082/10/08

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    Falloon, G., Janson, A., & Janson, R. (2008). Digital learning objects: towards an understanding of their value in supporting key competencies within the New Zealand Curriculum framework. In ACT on IcT: Proceedings of the Australian Computers in Education Conference 2008 (ACEC'08) (pp. 77-90). Canberra: Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE).