Key Features Of The Best Learning Objects

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learning-objects-e1358186422796Let’s face it, online learning objects have distinct advantages over offline objects. First of all, you can make changes easily with a few clicks of a button, and some typed text to an online form. This is not the case with offline materials. At best, you need to reprint copies of printed materials. At worst, you would have to have stuff laminated or, worst of all, get 3D objects manufactured. Second, it is much cheaper to customize online learning objects. Since online objects often come in template form, making the necessary changes can be done, again, with a few clicks and lines of text. Compared to online learning objects it’s not so with an offline object. At best, you’ll have a form that you need to redesign. At worst, you’ll have hard and three-dimensional objects you have to remold and remanufacture. All these take quite a bit of resources-especially if you are dealing with a huge volume of materials. Given the ease of use and cost of online objects, why do people even bother with offline learning objects? Listed below are the features of the best offline learning objects. These features spell out clearly why many education providers and instructors prefer them to online objects.

Personal Touch
It’s one thing to tell someone to use an online test or learning module, it is another to actually hand materials to the person, see how they interact with the object, and explain to them the idea behind the object. Offline learning objects have a personal touch which allows for a greater level of interactivity with the student like online objects can have too. By having materials in front of them, they can easily and spontaneously ask you questions. These questions can help you explain the objects better. This boosts the effectiveness of the objects. The spontaneity of personal interaction with tangible objects also produces questions that can help you design better materials.

For all its much publicized social interaction features, online interaction simply doesn’t compare to offline interactions. Nowhere is this more apparent than when dealing with offline learning objects. Your objects can stimulate students to share ideas, ask common questions, and, most importantly, collaborate on solutions. Full interaction involves being able to lean over and look at the other person’s eyes and quickly understand where they are coming from. It is much easier to brainstorm when everyone is physically handling the same item.

Overcoming procrastination
Online learning requires the student to log on and access the learning materials. It is easy to procrastinate because the participants can always think that the materials will always be available online. They say they’ll just get to the materials when they have time. This is not the case with offline learning objects. They have to deal with the materials once they get on the premises. It is more structured and harder to shirk.

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April 25th, 2015 at 5:31 pm

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