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.