Friday, March 29, 2013

Reusable Learning Object (RLO)

The Informatics team at SPH has been actively supporting a new initiative, aimed at developing Reusable Learning Objects (RLO). Those self-contained instructional modules consist of three parts:
  1. Introduction
  2. Content (lecture)
  3. Assessment
RLO's are short (15-20 minutes) and based in specific APHA competencies that the students are expected to master. See this example.
As part of a broader initiative to nurture instructional innovation at SPH, we are currently helping a handful of SPH faculty develop these multimedia objects. While this initially means additional work, and imposition of certain instructional rigor, we believe that it will result in significant time savings in the future ("reusable" is the keyword here), as well as in more effective and focused teaching.

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