Barry Dahl recently blogged the following video he took at the WCET of Brian Lamb chatting about Learning Object Repositories, which provides an excellent overview of the logic of EdTech circa 2001. The idea of educational repositories for content as a shared resource was, and remains, a powerful idea for sharing resources, yet the means through which it was being approached was insanely labor intensive. His framing of that moment, and the emergence of Google, and the changing nature of the web is amazing, and I’ve had the pleasure of sitting around a table with Brian listening to him riff about a topic like this, and nothing interests me as much as when he talks about the heady days of 2004, when CogDog, D’Arcy, and Brian came into contact with Downes’ EDURSS magic—was it the Merlot presentation in 2004? I love that story, even if I have conflated some dates and details.
I truly enjoy the field of educational technology, and it is an absolute treat to sit around a table with Lamb and get a beautiful constructed narrative of the emergence of some real alternatives to overly complex learning object repositories. And here’s your chance, and deep thanks for to Barry for both taking and sharing this videos, it is a gem.