Learning Objects: The Answer to the Knowledge Economy's Predicament?

Peter Sloep

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    Learning objects are bits of learning content. They may be reused 'as is' (simple reuse) or first be adapted to a learner's particular needs (flexible reuse). Reuse matters because it lowers the development costs of learning objects, flexible reuse matters because it allows one to address learners' needs in an affordable way. Flexible reuse is particularly important in the knowledge economy, where learners not only have very spefic demands but often also need to pay for their own further education. The technical problems to simple and flexible are rapidly being resolved in various learning technology standardisation bodies. This may suggest that a learning object economy, in which learning objects are freely exchanged, updated and adapted, is about to emerge. Such a belief, however, ignores the significant psychological, social and organizational barriers to reuse that still abound. An inventory of these problems is made and possible ways to overcome them are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIntegrated E-learning
    Subtitle of host publicationImplications for Pedagogy, Technology and Organization
    EditorsWim Jochems, Jeroen Merriënboer, Rob Koper
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)9780415335034
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2003


    • learning objects
    • educational modelling


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