The one part of the readings on learning objects that resonated with me was the talk of the “engineer invasion” of standards, metadata, taxonomies, systems, etc. The bottom line is that there is too much focus on structure, technology, and systems and not enough attention on learning, learners, and content.
Unfortunately, this problem is not unique to learning objects, but seems to be just as prevalent in OER.
In OER, there are more discussions about licenses, standards, and metadata than there are about content, learners, and outcomes. I believe that this needs to change if the OER is to be successful in fulfilling its enormous potential.
How can we change this? I am still looking for answers to this. Please post any ideas.
I work in K-12 education, and in that area, I think that a part of the solution is to build awareness. Very few primary and secondary educators know about Open Ed. We need to involve more classroom teachers that really know content, learners, and effective pedagogy. To do this, we need to increase the awareness for the OER movement and its potential. I think that if more educators know about OER, they will participate both as consumers and as producers.