ReUse of Learning Objects Above, Below and at the Lesson Level

ReUse in L&D/ T&D Has Mostly Bombed

Most of the time anyway.

But my PACT Methodologies have been using a successful approach to ReUse since the early 1980s.

ReUse in PACT happens at the Event level, at the Lesson level, and then at the Instructional Activity level – and then even lower than that at the text paragraph/graphics levels. It requires a different approach to design – and even to the analysis of Instruction – to be most successful.

Not that it’s a trick – but one trick to successful ReUse is to classify the two types of ReUse as:

  • ReUse “As Is” (AI)
  • ReUse “After Modification” (AM)

ReUse AM – After Modification requires the ability to manage Content Derivatives. Think Parent and Children – an original piece/chunk of Content and then all the derivative children – at the Event, Lesson, Instructional Activity and Component levels. Managing means naming and numbering them.

ReUse also requires that Designers and Developers – hats one job wears or different jobs’ responsibilities – have easy access to these Content Chunks – and can ReUse them – as is – or – after modification.

ReUse also requires that – for the purposes of Content Maintenance – that when something changes – or needs to change – all of the derivatives can be found for updating purposes.

ReUse at the Event Level

In PACT we have T&D/ Learning Paths – and two paths might share an Event, or many.

An example – for illustrative purposes here – might be that “Logging on to ABC Enterprises’ Learning Portal and Developing Your Custom T&D Path” – might be exactly the same on every T&D Path for every job at ABC.

Also “Rules and Laws for Dealing With Our Vendors” – when appropriate on some of the ABC Paths. And “Negotiations Training” – Active Listening” – and “Basic Statistics.” And then the Event everyone looks forward to – well, most anyway: “Getting Ready for Retirement from ABC.”

All used “As Is” – or “After Modification.”

ReUse at the Lesson Level

An example – for illustrative purposes here – might be


ReUse at the Instructional Level

An example – for illustrative purposes here – might be taking box #2 in the Activity Spec above (Instructional Activity Specification) and cahnging that for a unique set of Stakeholders for another Business Unit requiring a slightly different (or very different) Process.

ReUse at the Instructional Component Level

An example – for illustrative purposes here – might be:

“An example – for illustrative purposes here – might be” …

… and the ReUse of the following graphic:

Which was ReUsed for this next graphic AM:

And ReUsed again in this graphic…

Past Posts on ReUse

Here with a video: The Holy Grail of ReUse

And another: Content Reuse – Requires an Architecture of Objects at Many Levels.

Search on this site using “ReUse” and “reuse” for even more.

And then there are these Resources…

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