Trends and Issues: The Impact of Learning Objects
Implementation of Learning Objects (LOs)
Implementation of LOs varies because of the availability or sharing of LOs
between or within companies. Johnson states, unless we create an economy of
content in which individuals and organizations can acquire, adapt, and repurpose
content; the industry will not be successful. The idea of creating exchanges
where everyone could contribute or use LOs would allow for more use of LOs.
Every economy is based on markets, and a vibrant learning object economy would
likely have at least five, each operating under a different exchange approach.
The following are the five approaches he suggests
- Proprietary exchanges used exclusively for and individual company or industry.
- Commercial exchanges used by end users and aggregators who purchase content
under specific licenses that allow them to use the objects in clearly defined
- Free exchanges are primarily used and created in the academic world, but
getting funds to support this cause has been hard to find. In addition, quality
is not always very good.
- Shared exchanges have been created to help raise the quality of the LOs
by using standards such as SCORM. Often the LOs are only available to the
groups who create them.
- Peer-to-peer exchanges are on the horizon and would use networks like Kazaa
or other post-Napster variations. (Software application for peer-to-peer networking
Information websites that give various places to find LOs at
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