For the ultimate accessibility and reusability
This chapter first argues that current approaches for sharing and retrieving learning objects or any other kinds of information are not efficient or scalable, essentially because almost all of these approaches are based on the manual or automatic indexation or merge of independently created formal or informal resources. It then shows that tightly interconnected collaboratively updated formal or semi-formal large knowledge bases (semantic networks) can, should, and probably will, be used as a shared medium for the tasks of researching, publishing, teaching, learning, evaluating or collaborating, and thus ease or complement traditional methods such as face-to-face teaching and document publishing. To test and support these claims the authors have implemented their ideas into a knowledge server named WebKB-2 and begun representing their research domain and several courses at their universities. The same underlying techniques could be applied to a semantic/learning grid or peer-to-peer network.
Handbook of Research on Learning Design and Learning Objects: Issues, Applications and Technologies