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Article Title: Sizing Up an eLearning Lesson

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: I recently started working on a project that required our team to propose a strategy for developing training lessons in a way that maximizes their reusability across multiple courses. The company has numerous departments that have different, yet overlapping learning and performance needs. The goal is to create lessons that various departments can share, for the sake of minimizing the amount of content that needs to be continuously updated and maintained, and for the sake of managing the size of the learning library.

This article explores how training content can be divided into lessons. It argues in favor of designing a lesson around a single job task (i.e., terminal objective) rather than by topic or a target amount of time.

At a glance, it might seem like each department needs its own unique training program. However, with detailed analysis of the content to be trained, you might find that some lessons can be shared across multiple audiences if the content is chunked just right. This might mean designing lessons that address a single performance objective.

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