Activity 6: Criticisms of learning objects
Three criticisms of learning objects are given below: you should read/watch at least one of these:
- David Wiley sets out what he terms the ‘ ’.
- Norman Friesen raises three objections to learning objects in this paper: .
- In this 2009 Transcript] Brian Lamb describes his experience with learning objects, which addresses many of the reasons why they didn’t realise the aims that Downes and others envisaged for them. Brian Lamb also explains some of the problems he encountered. [
Part of the problem of learning objects was that it often seemed alien to everyday practice, so that getting educators to share their content in learning object repositories proved to be a barrier. Unlike sharing research findings in published journals, or sharing teaching resources informally within an institution, there was no real incentive or established practice for sharing teaching material on this scale. And, as Brian Lamb points out, there was a tendency to over-engineer the systems required, with specific standards that had a language of their own.
You might reflect here on whether you have, or would, share teaching resources using the learning object approach. What do you think would be the main issues for educators and teachers?
The work on learning objects led to MIT’s OpenCourseware project, which is commonly seen as the start of OER.