What are Learning Objects? Definition and components

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One of the main advantages while delivering an E-Learning or online training project is the opportunity to manage Learning Objects (Compliant with scorm 1.2, Scorm 2004, AICC and Tincan) according to the actual training purposes. The same Learning Object can be adapted to different kind of courses, so you can fine-tune your training materials for each specific project.

A Learning Object is a modular resource,  usually digital and web-based, that can be used and re-used to support learning activities.

A typical Learning Object is composed by:

1. Learning Objects Title

The Learning Object title has to be meaningful, and able to catch the students’ attention.

Ex. Write a presentation letter with Microsoft Word.

learning object title

2. Subtitle

It’s very useful, even if not mandatory. The subtitle introduces the topic of the Learning Object by using various strategies: you can be ironic, engaging, or catch the attention with an exclamation or a question.

Ex. Write a presentation letter with Microsoft Word: How should I introduce myself? 

learning object subtitle

3. Training purpose

It is important to communicate the training purpose of each lesson in a clear way. Remember: each Learning Object has to be focused on a single, specific training purpose.

 learning object purpose

4. Learning Objects Index

This index is intended to give more information about the path the students will be following to achieve the specific training objective. It may also be useful to tell the students how much time is requested in order to complete each lesson.

learning object index

5. Logical map

This map shows a visual version of the previous index. By this way, students are able to understand the logical map of the whole learning process, as well as the logical connections among the Learning Object contents.

6. Content

While managing the content of a Learning Object, you have to take care about the “logic” that is used to transmit the message. This logic can be deductive or inductive.

What’s the difference?

  • Deductive method: it is used to transmit strong and clear concepts. Usually includes also descriptive examples and practical cases.
  • Inductive method: starting from the description of different and specific situations, it’s possible to go back to a specific concept.

7. Self test

It helps the students to verify their learning level. A self test is not intended to give score, but feedback: by this way, the students are able to learn from their mistakes. It is also important share more information with the users, so they are able to find additional contents before repeating the lesson.

8. Final Test

It’s important to define goals, questions typology – true/false, multiple choice, etc. – and how the score is assigned.

learning object test

9. Let’s create your Learning Object

Activate now your Docebo Cloud E-Learning platform free trial. In a few minutes you’ll be able to set-up your training environment and start creating Learning Objects by uploading your training materials (PDF, PPT, XLS files, video, etc) and adding tests.