Collaborative Learning

Martin Terre Blanche

This is a diary of my involvement in a project on collaborative learning in the psychology department at the University of South Africa. Most recent posts below and links to previous posts on the left.

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Some obstacles to collaborative learning

posted by Martin on Friday, June 06, 2003
What is a learning object?

Pithamber Polsani (2003) has published a useful paper "Use and Abuse of Reusable Learning Objects" in the Journal of Digital Information. His focus is mainly on pointing out what is wrong with existing understandings of what a learning object is and on suggesting better approaches. I'm not sure that he really has the problem solved, but he is very good at pointing out what is wrong with current (non)-definitions, e.g.:
Existing content repositories arbitrarily classify and categorize digital content as Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs). For example, the Center for International Education at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee ( classifies interactive maps, lectures, a population clock, course modules, and other objects, all under the category of Global Studies Learning Objects. The Campus Alberta Repository of Educational Objects ( lists a video clip of a person lifting weights with voice-over narration, an oriental porcelain statue, and the Final Declaration of Participants in a seminar on land mines, as Educational Objects.

posted by Martin on Tuesday, June 03, 2003