Learning objects (or calling a spade a spade)

I think Downes starts off convincingly, when he argues that making some materials available online would simply avoid re-inventing the wheel but it all goes downhill when he seems to reduce materials to ‘learning objects’ and seeks salvation in a lot of techie speak. I don’t think successful teaching and learning are achieved without practitioners  applying their own pedagogy to help decide whether a new development is for them. 

The phrase ‘learning object’ conjures up the idea of a behaviourist pedagogy which leaves no room for learners to engage with the concepts involved.

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