Learning objects are small digital materials that can be reused in numerous different online courses. This talk is aimed at explaining the concepts and processes that are part and parcel of the idea of the reusability of learning objects. After introducing the idea of learning objects by examining the patterns and reasons for their use, we will be presented with a survey of major initiatives, such as SCORM, AICC and IEEE-LOM, with the aim of creating a model structure for the use of learning objects. Through an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of these projects, the speaker concludes with some perspectives on the future of learning objects and developments that are needed to create an authentic learning objects economy. The RAM audio no longer seems to be available. Text.