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

ISBN: 978-1-118-08922-4
288 pages
January 2004, Pfeiffer
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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.
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Table of Contents



Introduction: Getting the Most from This Resource.

1 Introducing Reusable Learning Objects.

What Are Learning Objects and Reusable Learning Objects?

Why Do I Need a Strategy?

Why Focus on Reuse?

What Are the Myths?

What Are the Benefits?

What Are the Delivery Options?

Are There Industry Standards?

Chapter Review.

RLOs in Action: How One Company Got Started.

2 Creating Your Strategy.

How Will Authors and Learners Use the System?

How Will You Break Down Content to Build RLOs?

Who Will Create and Own the RLOs?

How Will the RLOs Be Delivered?

Will the RLOs Be Static or Dynamic?

Will the RLOs Be Customized for Learners?

Will You Use Format-Free Objects?

Will You Use Templates?

What Business Rules Will You Need?

How Much Metadata Will You Need?

How Will You Evaluate Your Success?

What Are Your RLO Tool Options?

What System Architecture Will You Need?

Chapter Review.

RLOs in Action: Kicking Off the RLO Strategy Project.

RLO Strategy Worksheet.

3 Changing Your Design Process to Accommodate RLOs.

What Is the Traditional ISD Model?

What Is the Impact of Linking and Reuse?

How Will RLOs Affect Evaluation?

How Will RLOs Affect Analysis?

How Will RLOs Affect Design?

How Will RLOs Affect Development?

How Will RLOs Affect Delivery?

What Is the Maintain and Retire Stage?

How Will RLOs Affect Learning Activities?

Chapter Review.

RLOs in Action:What Changes Are Needed?

Changing Your Design Process Worksheet.

4 Creating Your Learning Objects.

How Flexible Is Your RLO Strategy?

How Do You Analyze RLO Solutions?

How Do You Design RLO Solutions?

How Do You Develop RLO Solutions?

How Do You Deliver RLOs?

How Do You Evaluate RLOs?

How Do You Maintain and Retire RLOs?

Chapter Review.

RLOs in Action: Building RLO Prototypes.

5 Applying Metadata.

What Are Metadata?

How Are They Used?

What Are the Standards?

How Do You Use the Standards?

Where Are Metadata Used?

What Tools Will Be Needed to Use Metadata?

What Will the Impact Be on Your Process?

Is It Worth the Cost?

Implementation Case Study.

Chapter Review.

RLOs in Action: Setting Up Metadata.

Applying Metadata Worksheet.

6 Creating Your Transition Plan.

Have You Defined Your Hierarchy and Granularity?

Do You Have Management Support?

Will Your Organization Embrace Change?

Do You Currently Use Templates?

Have You Updated Your Development Process?

Have You Identified Your Authoring Tools?

Have You Identified Your Delivery Tools?

What Is the Expected Return on Investment?

Are You Ready to Implement Your Strategy?

Chapter Review.

RLOs in Action: Adopting the Strategy.

7 Preparing Your RLO Strategy for the Future.

Changing Business Demands.

Critical Mass and Acceptance.

RLO Research.

Merging of Knowledge and Learning.

Accepted Industry Standards.

New RLO-Based Tools.

New Vendors and Partners.

Chapter Review.

RLOs in Action:What Comes Next?

Final Thoughts.


Web Resources.


About the Authors.

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Author Information

F. Lee Alderman. Lee's primary role through-out his career is assisting organizations in with creating job-based training programs, through consulting and seminars, that lead to successful transfer to the work environment. He recently assisted with the strategy and training for the rollout of Cisco Systems Learning Object strategy. Lee's own experience in designing job-based training covers 21 years and includes working with corporate, government, and non-profit organizations.

Chuck Barritt.  For the past two years, Chuck's responsibilities have included the creation of the Learning Object strategy for Cisco Systems, providing authors training, support, templates, standards and instructional methodologies to design and implement learning objects.  Chuck is also tasked with the growth and improvement of the strategy through research, implementation data and evaluation results. Prior to Cisco Systems, Inc., Chuck worked a similar project at Oracle, Corp called the Oracle Learning Architecture.

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