Learning Objects (LO)
Their appearance dates back to the 1970s in the Latin American countries. They have been spreading all over the world through the years until they adopted their identity, which was conferred by Wayne Hodgins (1992), who developed the concept around content fragmentation with the purpose of facilitating and dynamizing the learning easily, allowing to move forward in the building of knowledge until we get to more complex knowledge with greater projection.
DefinitionsA posteriori some working groups emerged (as the IEEE and LTSC), who created their own definition of learning object (LO). Other entities also created theirs, as well as professionals, etc. We could say that there are almost as many definitions as people!
- According to the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), it is any entity, digital or not, that can be used for learning, education or training.
- The LTSC (Learning Technology Standards Committee) defines a LO as any entity, digital or not, that can be used reused or referenced in learning process with technological support.
LO: CharacteristicsThe LOs have become significantly important over these last years, given their great usefulness, accessibility, and other advantages they offer, both at a personal level and company level. Nonetheless, it is important too to take into consideration criteria as:
- Mental maps
- Concept maps
- Multimedia objects