An Agile method for developing learning objects
Tom Boyle, John Cook
Richard Windle, Heather Wharrad
Dawn Leeder, Rob Alton
There is considerable international interest in learning objects. The emphasis on technical issues such as standardisation of metadata schemes and software packaging has diverted attention from the central issues of how to develop pedagogically effective learning objects. This paper presents the development methodology of the UK Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) for Reusable Learning Objects. This is an ‘Agile’ approach that balances the requirement for flexibility to fit a pressurised work environment with the need to facilitate the development of high quality resources. The approach is grounded in front line practice, including the development of EASA award winning learning objects. The paper outlines this method from problem identification, through design, to learning object production. It complements the earlier work on design principles and heuristics to provide a comprehensive and flexible framework for learning object development.
Keywords: reusable learning objects, methodology, agile methods