2.8.3 A learning objects approach to learning and training content
The DITA learning and training specializations apply DITA
principles and best practices for using topic-based and modular content to
plan, develop, and deliver learning and training content.
The reusable learning objects, or RLO, approach to learning content
derives from the pioneering work of learning content designers at several
companies, including Autodesk®, Oracle®, and Cisco®. Author Peder Jacobsen
defines an RLO as "a discrete reusable collection of content used to present
and support a single learning objective." With this approach, it is possible to
gather a pool of information objects and make them available for reuse and
repurposing in a variety of learning delivery contexts.
There is a strong affinity between the DITA topic-based, modular
approach to content in general, and the learning objects approach to learning
content in particular.
Working assumptions about learning content and how to support
authoring and delivering it with DITA include the following:
The DITA Learning and
Training specialization builds on a reusable learning objects (RLO) approach to
topic types are the basic building blocks for learning objects
and specify the meaning and intention of content provided in instructional and
domains provide the mechanism for defining
interactions, which can be used across the learning topic
domains also provide the mechanism for defining learning
metadata, which can be assigned either in topics or in maps.
maps arrange the DITA learning topics into a hierarchy of
learning objects and group such content for delivery as lessons, modules, and
provides the mechanism for creating the learning-based topic
types, domains, and maps needed for instructional and information object