LO -> LA: From a Learning Object centric view towards a Learning Activity perspective

Hans Hummel, Rob Koper, Colin Tattersall

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    This article argues why we must focus on the learning in e-learning. We hold a plea to rethink the current learning object centric paradigm in e-learning technology towards a more learning activity centric perspective on e-learning. After examining current needs in educational practice and the state-of-art in learning technology, we discuss the extent to which available specifications and LMS cater for these needs. We conclude that learning technology should be enhanced with a specification able to capture a larger and more innovative variety of new pedagogical approaches to learning. As a solution to this problem, we propose that the IMS Learning Design specification offers a more generic pedagogical framework to also enable more activity-based and collaborative learning designs for a large variety of approaches and domains.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)15-18
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2005


    • learning activities
    • learning objects
    • learning design
    • learning technology
    • instructional principles


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