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Beyond learning objects: Towards learning beans. Paper presented at the Beyond the comfort zone

By Fintan Culwin


Learning objects, in common with other instructional media, are relatively expensive to produce; yet seem to have limited suitability for reuse in different situations. The 'object ' aspect of learning objects is borrowed from the domain of object oriented programming. Within this domain there are concepts that extend the notion and utility of object. One of these is the concept of a bean, a bean is a packaged object that is able to semi-automatically install itself into different scenarios. This paper attempts, using an example from the author's own domain, to enumerate a set of design principles that will enhance the possibility of successful reuse of objects. In doing this the learning object will have taken on some bean characteristics and so have started to become a learning bean

Topics: Learning object, learning bean, software engineering education, computing
Year: 2004
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