How Reusable Learning Objects Can Help You Design Online Courses Faster

Instructional design requires a lot of time, energy and resources to ensure truly remarkable results. That’s why the growing use of Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) can be a great addition to the arsenal of tools available to course developers. These tools can be creatively reused to save time when designing eLearning lessons or creating editable course templates.

RLOs 101 – What Are They?

An RLO is an instructional design element that can be used for multiple purposes. They are usually small components that are developed for a specific use in one courses, but which can be conveniently reused in multiple future projects, often with a few simple custom edits.

For example, a video that’s produced for a particular eLearning course (say, Financial Literacy) could also be repurposed to serve an instructor-led classroom course, or be reused in other self-paced courses that are related to a similar concept or topic (like Accounting, Budgeting, Tax Preparation, etc).

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