I have been very frustrated with the lack of progress in the discussion of "learning object". I automatically skip over any post with LO as part of the title, ... until I saw this "Urinal as a learning object".
As D-Arcy Norman comments:
It ain't art unless it's art. It isn't a learning
objectresource [my edit] unless it's used for teaching and learning.
Hey, learning resource is NOT learning object*.
Harold Jarche also opines:
any object + learning context = learning object
I would, if I may, modify Harold's equation to:
any resource (object as a physical artifact or other information as in resources) + learning context = learning opportunity
learning opportunity + appropriate meaningful activity = learning
If I send you a great paper, give you a good reason to learn from the paper, but if you don't take any action with the paper (except accept the paper and file it somewhere), is there any learning?
If "knowing that a solution is my file" is counted as "learning", I rest my case.
*I use object as in "object oriented programming", not object as a physical object.