Saturday, January 05, 2002

Searches for "detailed design documents" brought me back to Knowledge Objects (KO). Along the way, I encountered a whitepaper by M. David Merrill Suggested Self-Study Program for Instructional Systems Development (ISD). Merrill's paper is a fine example of the "self-serve" educational resources available on the Internet.

Computer-mediated communication (CMC) seems to lend itself to an object-based approach to learning. Bits of data -- concepts, principles and procedures -- are indentified, detailed and addressed at the granular, modular or "object" level.

Learning interventions can then be brought to bear on defined "training needs" and "performance gaps" in the organization. Object-based online education addresses training needs and gaps at their root. Small chunks of information are delivered via several modalities to accomodate different learning styles.

Online training offerings might include:
  • PDF-based "page-turners"
  • Synchronous ("live") chat
  • Instructor-led group discussions and presentations
  • Videos
  • Web-based, self-administered quizzes and exercises
    NOTE: Hot Potatoes offers a suite of seven--and counting--applications for making Web-based learning activities. Some REALLY good stuff!

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