There’s No Such Thing as a Learning Object

Michael Feldstein, Assistant Director, SUNY Learning Network, says that there is no such thing as a learning object.

We learn by doing. We consider. We compare. We measure, discuss, debate, critique, test, and explore. We try, fail, and try again. Learning is an activity. It’s a process. Given this undeniable fact, the term “learning object” can only be an oxymoron. An object is a thing. We don’t learn from things. We learn from doing things.
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I believe the term “learning object” has become harmful. It hides the same old, bad lecture model behind a sexy buzz phrase.

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