Students' perceptions of the characteristics of "good" and "bad" digital learning objects

Year: 2007

Author: Muspratt, Sandy, Freebody, Peter

Type of paper: Refereed paper

This presentation reports on one component of an on-going evaluation of an online curriculum program: The Learning Federation (TLF). TLF is charged with creating online curriculum content in priority curriculum areas and making them available to all education authorities in Australia and New Zealand . TLF's curriculum materials take the form of learning objects (LOs), which aim to capitalise on the potential of digital technologies to enhance learning, and which are potentially stand-alone interactive learning activities, integrating a variety of media (text, audio, animation, graphics). This presentation reports on an analysis of interviews with 200 students concerning their interactions with a total of 30 LOs. The themes identified in the students' talk were used to identify characteristics of "good" and "poor" LOs. The findings will be of value not only to developers of online content but also to teachers having to make decisions about using digital content in their classroom practice. It is a common assumption that young people will be engaged with any use of new technologies in classrooms. The results of this study contributes to a more complex understanding of students' engagement with LOs, as well as other ICT applications.