Creating a Reusable Learning Objects Strategy: Leveraging Information and Learning in a Knowledge Economy

Creating a Reusable Learning Objects Strategy: Leveraging Information and Learning in a Knowledge Economy

Creating a Reusable Learning Objects Strategy: Leveraging Information and Learning in a Knowledge Economy

Creating a Reusable Learning Objects Strategy: Leveraging Information and Learning in a Knowledge Economy

Synopsis

Step-by-step, Creating a Reusable Learning Objects Strategy shows how to create and implement a reusable learning objects (RLO) strategy that is flexible enough to accommodate your individual needs or use across a global organization. Creating a Reusable Learning Objects Strategy outlines the benefits and challenges of RLO and shows how to compare your current development process with one based on reusable learning objects. The book also helps evaluate the level of changes you will need to account for during the transition to RLO. This important resource is filled with illustrative examples and sample strategies that apply to a wide variety of situations. After you have completed the book's numerous worksheets and checklists, you will have the foundation to form a strategic document for your stakeholders, vendors, developers, and others. Praise for Creating a Reusable Learning Objects Strategy'This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in reusable learning objects. It's a veritable encyclopedia of everything you need to know to successfully conceptualize, create, manage, and distribute flexible digital content for teaching, learning, and performance support.'-Ellen Wagner, director of higher education, Macromedia, Inc.'Any organization moving into the implementation of learning objects should read this book.'-Judy Brown, executive director, Academic ADL Co-Lab, University of Wisconsin System'An excellent introduction and guide, based on real-world experience, to the life cycle of reusable content. A must read for those responsible for using e-learning technology to increase ROI of training and education programs.'-Steve Griffin, COO and cofounder, IMS Global Learning Consortium'Chuck Barritt and Lee Alderman know what they're talking about! They know what works and what doesn't. If you are trying to figure out how RLOs can simplify course design, reduce content redundancies, and leverage development efforts, read this book.'-Kim E. Ruyle, director, learning and development, Siemens Dematic Material Handling Automation

Excerpt

Organizational training is an expensive endeavor, with over $50 billion invested by business and industry annually. and $50 billion is a conservative estimate because it does not include the most expensive element of any training event—the salaries, time, and lost opportunity costs of the learners! To realize a return on this investment, training to improve organizational performance must use a structured process—commonly called the instructional design process—to identify best practices and the knowledge and skills that underpin those best practices. Implementing the instructional design process adds a lot of time to the production of training events. Common estimates range anywhere from forty to two hundred hours of design and development time for every one hour of instructional time.

If you work in a large organization you have no doubt encountered redundant efforts by professionals who, unknown to each other, develop training programs from scratch that use similar content for different, or sometimes even the same, learners. You may also have experienced situations where individual learners did not need the entire course. For these people some very specific skills or knowledge included in the course would have sufficed. Reusable learning objects offer great . . .

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