What are some examples and advantages of Sharing Learning Objects?

Sharing Learning Objects (LOs) saves time and reduces development costs when developing content for multiple learning audiences.

In some tools you can copy pages from one project to another, for example copy/pasting slides from one PowerPoint file to another. But when you need to update information then you need to update the same information separately in every slide deck that has the same content in it.

In Claro, sharing at the Learning Object level synchronizes updates to content across all courses instantly – no need to carry out repeated changes, and no risk that you might have overlooked or forgotten some of the places where content was reused.

Following are some best practices and examples of effective Sharing.

Best Practices When Sharing Learning Objects

  • Keep your Learning Objects concise and self-contained. Content, supporting media, interactivity, review exercise(s), and test question(s) support a single learning objective that is defined by searchable keywords.
  • Refrain from including references to previous or upcoming information from other Learning Objects. You can make pages in objects that won’t be Shared for this purpose.
  • Use the theme design default fonts and colors for text and shapes. Content in a course that Shares content from another course with a different theme will still look good… since the default theme fonts and colors are aligned with a theme to look good together.

Examples for Effectively Sharing Learning Objects

Example 1: A financial services firm has a course on investment regulations. The basics of investing are the same for all learning audiences, but there are several regional differences based on state or provincial regulations. The core content that is the same for all audiences can be created once and shared across all of the separate regional courses; each regional version of the course would also have some topics that have unique content based on specific regional regulations.

Example 2: Content in Claro isn’t limited to courses run from an LMS. With Claro’s Web Package publishing option, you can put content made in Claro on any web server (including a SharePoint site) and provide a URL link to that content. This is a valuable opportunity to provide access to learning content outside of the LMS – very helpful for time-of-need elearning or “refresh” learning. A formal course to be run from an LMS might be 20 topics long; you can easily use Claro’s sharing option to create a set of shorter courses to be published as Web Packages. Shorter courses are more suited for job aid or just in time learning purposes, as they help the learner find information more quickly. The time to create the Web Packages is very short – just create each new course and share the appropriate Learning Objects into it. 
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