Wow, and some people think I have an edgy tone in this here blog, especially towards the sacred cow of reusable learning objects, which frankly after several years of looking at, thinking at, I just still do not buy. Yes, RLOs are R.I.P and I have questions lke If All The Learning Objects Are Web Pages Who Needs a Repository?
Then yesterday, I stumbled across the Artichoke blog, where a posts on Mr Ed the talking horse on those Digital Learning Objects and Dear Horse God, about those Digital Learning Objects, the Artichoke takes some nice big bites:
You cannot earjack a conversation between card-carrying members of the MoE digerati “A-list” at the moment without picking up terms like Learning Management Systems and Digital Learning Object.
These terms are tossed like Brassica sprouts into the (e) conversations of the digerati with a facility and confidence that belies the fact that these resources and design environments are contentious, as yet not well defined, and often do not support contemporary understandings of meaningful learning environments…
When I question the digerati it seems that learning management systems are all about managing content for consumption, and digital learning objects all about creating the content for consumption.
Perhaps it is in the various representations, and misrepresentations of learning, within these conversations about LMS and DLO’s that underlie the bewilderment, amongst the educators I work with, over what a digital learning object looks like.
Ouch, sharp bark at the establishment, we like it!
I have been holding back, waiting, just waiting, for the Horse God to stamp her hoof for once about Digital Learning Objects. Because it didn’t seem to matter how many times I searched the Kia ora and welcome to Te PÄtaka Matihiko Our Digital Storehouse site, I just didn’t get it.
I couldn’t understand why a seemingly retro notion of “knowledge as an object thinking” was being celebrated with such (e) froth and (e) frenzy by our pro constructivism Ministry of Education.
Sweet web serendipity, indeed.
The funny thing is the tangle trail to finding this blog from New Zealand. I was surfing my RSS feeds, and a post by Albert Ip had a quoted comment to his blog containing the artichoke link… so I just took a peek. It’s this kind f serendipity that maybe fluff like Web 2.0 might enable, but does not create. Casual links, curiosity, discovery… those are the gems on the web.
Of course, I am a fan of most things Kiwi ;-)