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LEGO Building Blocks……Learning Objects

In 1992, while watching his children play with LEGO building blocks as he mulled over learning strategies, futurist and e-learning expert Wayne Hodgins thought, “I can use that idea!” As Hodgins studied his children’s work with the LEGO bricks, he noticed that individual bricks or blocks could be used to construct an object, then be disassembled and reused to build something entirely different (Hodgins, 2002; Northrup, 2007). For instance, the standard shape and size of blue LEGO bricks allow them to be used with wheels to build a vehicle, then disassembled and combined with interchangeable red and yellow bricks to build a castle. Hodgins reasoned that perhaps small digital learning units could be developed and fit together in much the same way. Why not develop chunks of learning that can be reused in combination with other chunks of learning in a different context and for a different purpose? The concept of the learning object was born.

Wayne Hodgins is now retired and “Wandering, wondering and pondering the world, one nautical mile at a time.”  He can be kept up with through his website at:  http://waynehodgins.typepad.com/

About Dr. Terrie Buckner

A native of Ohio, Terrie moved to Georgia in the mid-1970's. She studied Business Management at Shorter University, then earned a Master's degree in Adult Education and Occupational Studies and a doctorate in Adult Education and Human Resources and Organizational Development from The University of Georgia. Terrie's doctoral research, entitled "Engaging Moments: Adult Educators Reading and Responding to Emotion in the Classroom," was featured at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Student Research Conference in 2007. Terrie's practice has focused on workforce development in the fields of Early Care and Education and Social Services as well as the Training of Trainers and Educators who work in those fields, Instructional Design and Technology, and Human Performance Improvement. Terrie is a popular conference presenter and trainer in both fields, an approved Level III trainer, CDA, and Administration trainer in Georgia, a Certified Trainer in S.Carolina, and Certified Brain Compatible Learning trainer. She co-authored two certification programs currently in use nationwide and has authored numerous e-learning courses offered by private providers.

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