Learning Objects Banner
shim.gif
INTRODUCTION

GENERAL BACKGROUND

 History

 Definitions

ANALYSIS

 Reasons

 Strategies

 Categories

 Pros/Cons

 Best Practices

 Implementation

 Future

SYSTEMIC IMPACT

IMPLICATIONS

CONCLUSIONS

RECOMMENDATIONS

REFERENCES

APPENDICES

AUTHOR NOTES

TABLES

Email

shim.gif

Trends and Issues: The Impact of Learning Objects

Conclusion

Even though LOs are hard to define and standards are not being strictly followed, there is still wide use and acceptance for using them. Wagner states, “Learning objects appear to have significant potential for creating highly personalized learning programs, easily updated courses, and performance support tools (http://www.elearningguild.com/pdf/2/061802dst-h.pdf, 2002).

In order for LOs to be successful, practitioners and technology specialist will need to collaborate with each other to make the process work more easily for all. The technology specialist can help to design the technological aspects, but the practitioners have to follow up with the instructional design theories for a more balanced effect. Wiley states, “The potential of learning objects as an instructional technology is great, but will never be realized without a balanced effort in technology and instructional design areas (http://reusability.org/read/chapters/wiley.doc, 2000).

In the future LOs will make it so the learner can choose their own path of learning. Wagner states, “The idea of constructing a personalized learning program is still relatively new. It is also a complex job. The designer must select and assemble learning objects to match learning interests, performance gaps, learning style and presentation preferences” (http://www.elearningguild.com/pdf/2/061802dst-h.pdf, 2002). Technology needs to catch up for this new idea of immediate updating the learner’s path to become reality.

Back to Top