Trends and Issues: The Impact of Learning Objects
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,
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.