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Characteristics of Re-usable Learning Objects

Written By Ramya Alugani

Characteristics of Re-usable Learning Objects

This is the second post in a series of “RLOs – an approach to increase learning effectiveness and optimizing cost”. In case you missed, here it is RLOs to avoid training duplication and increase learning effectiveness.

As discussed in previous blog, reusable learning objects enable organizations to individualize learning. It includes on-demand access to reusable content, which the authors can select and tailor, to learners personal information needs.

Let’s see what the main characteristics of RLOs are.

Objective based: Each learning object in an RLO, should be designed to meet only a single learning objective. This can be done by combining a series of elements like content, media and interactivity.

Context free: Content, media and interactivity should be combined to form a meaningful structure and it should be context free. Thus, the learning object can stand alone from the rest of its associated hierarchy, making it portable, reusable and giving independent learning experience. Hence, the learning object can be used in multiple contexts for multiple purposes.

Interactive: Each learning object should engage the learners by offering interactivities, so that they can view, listen, respond and interact with the content, thus meeting the learning objective.

Self-descriptive: Another aspect is that RLO should be self-descriptive. It must be associated with the search data or meta data, allowing learners to search for the content in the central repository.

Self-contained: Each learning object should stand alone from other learning objects as discussed above, to create any number of training programs.

Single-sourced: Learning objects should be written in a manner that multiple authors, in multiple learning environments, can use it in multiple formats.

Format-free: Learning objects are created free of look-and-feel formatting, so that it enables to view the content in different kinds of devices. Thus, they can be reused in multiple delivery media.

Therfore learning objects may offer great value in terms of saving time and investment in course development, thus increasing the reusability of content enhancing the learning effectiveness.

In my next blog, I will discuss the benefits of RLOs.

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