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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

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Trends and Issues: The Impact of Learning Objects

Future of Learning Objects (LOs)

The future of LOs seems to be reliant on how learning communities choose to use and share them. There needs to be standards so that the LOs have quality, and there needs to be different exchanges where communities have the choice to use or buy LOs that meet their needs for creating training. Shaw gives us several reasons why LOs have a future and what that will look like (http://www.aace.org/dl/files/ELEARN2002/paper_3009_3403.pdf, 2002):

  • XML-related technology and standards are maturing
  • Primary barriers to implement eLearning are falling, such as, new Learning Content Management System (LCMS) tools will be browser-based and allow users to update learning objects from their desktops
  • New Learning Content Management System (LCMS) and Learning Management Systems (LMS) are being prices more competitively.
  • Methodologies for design based on the learning object paradigm are still under development.
  • Indexing LOs to indicate contexts where they are applicable or reusable.
  • Topic maps that provide an approach for combining traditional indexing, library science and knowledge representation, with advanced techniques of linking and addressing (semantic web).

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