Online learning, or eLearning, has seen significant changes in the past few decades. As experts continue to discover more about the way adults learn and absorb information, new tools and processes have arisen that take into account the different learning styles of individuals and work toward helping them get the most out of their online education experience. One of those tools is called a learning object.

Though the definition of learning objects varies slightly from source to source, they are essentially small, easily portable units of learning used in online course development. Relative to an entire course, which may be one or two hours in length, a learning object within that course may be only five or 10 minutes long. These smaller chunks of information—which typically include a combination of text, graphics and video—can be used in more than one place and throughout multiple courses, depending upon the needs of both the developer and the end user.

Why are Learning Objects Beneficial?

Because of their inherent portability, learning objects can be used and reused in multiple contexts to avoid recreating the same information multiple times. This allows for greater flexibility and standardization of content, which in turn increases the overall value of the content. For course takers, learning objects provide more control over the online learning experience and help them know what to expect. By breaking down the information into smaller, easier-to-process portions of information, learners can quickly return to a course to find just what they need as well as see where they have been within that course.

RedVector Leverages the Value of Learning Objects

As a leader in online education for more than 10 years, RedVector continually strives to integrate new technologies and best practices into its innovative learning performance engine, including the use of learning objects in many of our courses to facilitate learning and improve usability. Click here for a course example, and proceed to the course menu to see how each section of the course is separated into smaller learning objects.