The State of Standards at Online Educa 2004

Wilbert Kraan, CETIS, Dec 22, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good summary of the discussions on learning technology standards at Online Educa Berlin. On the one hand, you have people like Wayne Hodgins saying "they're done, you just need to implement them" and on the other people are saying "but we need standards for collaboration". I still think that a lot of the standards discussion is putting the cart before the horse, as Hodgins says, "perfecting the irrelevant". The more I work in this field the more I think that we need some proper practice before we think about setting things in stone; dumping out content online was, as was commnted, a necessary first step - but e-learning is about to get a shake-out as it moves to a post-classroom post-institutional phase, and standards will have to be pretty flexible to keep up. Could we have even developed podcasting in learning object metadata? It's doubtful.
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