Yesterday I joined sixty or so people in Menlo Park for the Learning Object Symposium, the intended kick-off for a new community of practice at the intersection of design and learning objects.
GeneEd's John Hathaway pointed out that today's learning object standards do not have instructional design built in. We left out the design while focusing on getting the interchange of learning media figured out. Now’s the time to add design back in.
What is a learning object? At Cisco, it may be a 10-minute video clip. At U.C. Berkeley, it could be a single slide in an art history course; or it could be the carousel of slides; or the entire course. We don't have a common vocabulary to describe obejcts. Besides, they are relative. One person's object is another person's assembly.
Several people endorsed the definition put forward by David Wiley in The Instructional Use of Learning Objects.
Wiley proposes defining a learning obejct as “any digital resource that can be reused to support learning."
Jim Spohrer defined "educational object," as used at EOE. Educational object = online shareable & fashionable knowledge resources for learners, educators, and developers/info architects around the globe.
"Learning objects" are really a whole lot of problems mooshed together. Educators are deconstructionists and constructivists who see the promise of digital media as assembling whatever they want. Publishers want to lock down the content to best protect and monetize.
Harvi Singh echoed this thought, pointing out that Learning Objects are related
NETg's Brendon Towle noted that SCORM is inadquate because, among other things:
What's the relationship of Learning Design and Learning Objects?
At NETg, a Learning Object = presentation + assessment + objective
Brendon kicked up the emotional temperature in the room when he declared that the reuse of learning objects is a fairy tale. You don't expect a great movie to be made up of recycled bits and pieces; the great ones are made from scratch. We want engagement. Why expect reuse?
From the audience: If objects aren't to be reused, why are we wasting our time at this meeting?
Jim Harriott posits two types of knowledge. There's "what you know." and there's "what you generate on the fly." The spotlight is shifting from the former to the latter, from individual learning to co-creation.
I'll continue in the next post (becuase I want it to have a permalink I can point to.)
One of the roundtable sessions led me to conclude that we're missing a piece of the learning object equation. We're going at everything from the object/sender direction but overlooking the learner/receiver end of the deal. After all, I want my learning system to learn about me as we go through this together. Yet I hear no discussion about meta-tagging the humans. And how do I deal with collaborative filtering (the light green lines above)? Or comparing my profile to that of others? How could I inject a rating system for content (as done on Slashdot)?
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