Dogs get rather excited easily. Just jangle your car keys and they are all over you for a ride. Reach down for your shoes, and they are halfway out the door, leash in mouth.
EZ Reusable Objects will let agencies build Web-based e-learning courses, said Peter Gallagher, president of Development InfoStructure. The Arlington, Va., IT consulting firm helped Labor build the application.
EZRO is an example of the resource-sharing model of how companies, agencies and the open-source software community can collaborate and build apps, Gallagher said today at FOSE 2004 in Washington.
So here goes the excitement- free authoring tool! Builds magical things out of learning objects! SCORM! 508 Compliant! Woo hoo! But is anyone scratching the surface? Slogan to the contrary, “Content” is not King, but a court jester, or not even on the board.
I took a quick look at some of the examples and was duly un-impressed at the so-called “tutorials”– these featured the same linear click and read navigation that harkens to the early days of HyperCard. So-called “interactivity” was a brain lame multiple choice click and see feedback. Next. Next. Click Next. Next. Next.
You tell me if this is the kind of “eLearning” you will invest time in:
Examining the Problem of Workplace Violence
Hazardous Communications: Labels
US Foreign Disaster Assistance Cable Resource Tutorial (okay, this one was a bit more sophisticated, but look at the URL:- it is from the folks that made the software
There seems to be more to EZRO as a content management and creation tool, which looks like it turns the authoring process into “web form processing parade” (lots of screens to edit, select, and click “submit”) and some sort of wiki-like markup for formatting.
I could be very wrong, but when I see hype and then stiff dull content, my radar of skepticism goes up a notch. This was why Pachyderm project caught my attention- sure it was built on learning objects, but the content created was stellar, engaging and anything but “click and read”.