Learning Design Handbook now out!

 LD handbookIf you are looking for a mega door stopper as a present I have the perfect suggestion for you. The hefty two-volume Handbook of Research on Learning Design and Learning Objects: Issues, Applications and Technologies is now out published by IGI global. It’s not cheap at ~$495 so I suspect this is one to get through the library, but well worth a look. There are 43 chapters covering the latest in research and development activities on learning design and learning objects. The handbook boasts an impressive set of international authors (OK and me but I have got lots of pretty diagrams in my chapter and a Learning Activity Taxonomy!). 

5 Responses to “Learning Design Handbook now out!”

  1. Karyn Romeis Says:

    I’m a bit allergic to learning objects. I have been planning a post for about a year, now to explain why, but I need to do something clever with a photograph in order to explain my point, and I haven’t figured out how, yet, since I don’t have photoshop and just can’t figure Gimp out :o(

  2. Gráinne Says:

    Yes i know what you mean Karyn - my chapter is firmly in the LD area - ie designing for learning, focus on activity and what the students do, rather than content.


  3. Johannes Strobel Says:

    The chapter which I contributed with colleagues is similarly critical towards learning objects as mere content pieces. Our main critique is that the system is not sufficient to describe the context and it is hard to distinguish necessary elements from elements of choice (determined by context for example). Similarly we argue that the overall proposed benefits of granularity are overstated, since learning objects do not get less complex just by becoming smaller units.

    Strobel, J., Lowerison, G., Bethel, E.C., Cote, R., Lavoie, M.-C. & Abrami, P.C. (2008). Capturing Learning Context: Reflections on the Modeling of Learning Units with IMS-LD. Chapter 17.

  4. Karyn Romeis Says:

    Sorry for the late response/acknowledgement. CoComment is being unreliable… again!

    Your point forms part of my argument against LOs, especially the last clause. I really need to pull my finger out and write that post. In the meantime, perhaps I should my hands on a copy of the book.

  5. Dalton Osden Says:

    excellent post, very informative. I’m wondering why the other specialists of this sector do not understand this. You must continue your writing. I’m sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

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