Feasibility of Course Development Based on Learning Objects

Terry Anderson, International Journal of Instructional Technology, Distance Learning, Apr 09, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"This paper presents three case studies that seek to maximize the use of freely available and reusable learning objects in their course design," write the authors. "The three case studies originated in different university-level disciplines – Nursing, Business and English writing." An excellent discussion of some issues involved in the use of learning objects follows, with the cases providing solid foundation for criticism. For example, "The issue of context emerged as an insurmountable barrier for the business team. As a result of their dismay with the 'patchwork result' derived from the learning object approach, the team decided to incorporate a preformatted interactive textbook. The value of context raises a multitude of pedagogical issues and debates."
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