Using Toolkits to Aggregate Learning Resources February 7, 2009Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: Design, Development, eLearning, InstructionalDesign, Learning, technology, Tools, Training, Wikis
I wrote about learning portals a couple weeks ago as a solution for aggregating learning resources in one place for an organization. I still think learning portals can help with the big picture, but I’m finding additional help is needed when organizing content one level deeper.
I’ve recently seen a trend (ok, maybe it’s just new to me) where training departments create toolkits for employees in order to aggregate learning resources for a particular topic or project. Essentially, the toolkit is a web page containing a ton of great information, links, etc. This way you can send learners to a "one-stop-shop" to get the info they need. It could be something wide-ranging (ex. engineering resources) or something specific (ex. presentation skills). In my experience, we used to send out training documents or point people to the LMS to access an online course when they needed information. (And we would send out an email if an instructor-led class was available.) Now we can point learners to a web page (a toolkit) that may contain the following items:
- Articles (Word documents, PDFs)
- A calendar of upcoming events, instructor-led classes, etc.
- Links to internal and/or external web pages
- Links to online courses
- Recommended books
- Social bookmarking tags
- Links to wikis / forums
- Embedded videos
- …and more
I’m not saying this is a huge breakthrough, but you have to admit that we have more and more information available for learners. This seems like a good way to keep it organized. What do you think? How are you handling mass amounts of resources for your learners?