In an Economy for Reusable Learning Objects, Who Pulls the Strings?

Linsey, T. and Tompsett, C. (2007) In an Economy for Reusable Learning Objects, Who Pulls the Strings? Educational Technology and Society, 10(4), pp. 197-208. ISSN (print) 1176-3647

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It seems a foregone conclusion that repositories for reusable learning objects (RLOs), based on common standards and supported by suitable search facilities, will foster a global economic market in the production of RLOs. Actual reuse will support producers of high-quality RLOs, and other producers will be unable to compete, i.e. competition within the market will implicitly define the qualities that are needed. This paper challenges the suggestion that this will occur. If the marked is defined as cost versus value, then the set of qualities that distinguishes RLOs from other educational software prohibits the development scalable search engines to search the repositories. At a more sophisticated level of market analysis, it is the needs of the producers, rather than the purchasers, that will define quality in the market. Any attempt to limit this imbalance will, paradoxically, require acceptance of alternative constraints that many may find hard to accept.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reusable learning object, Reconfigurability, Course design, Complexity, Learning Object Economy, Repositories
Research Area: Library and information management
Computer science and informatics
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics (until 2011)
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Date Deposited: 10 May 2011 10:35
Last Modified: 10 May 2011 10:35

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