6. Topics: Accomplishing Specific Learning Objectives

  1. William Horton

Published Online: 1 DEC 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118256039.ch6

E-Learning by Design, 2nd Edition

E-Learning by Design, 2nd Edition

How to Cite

Horton, W. (2011) Topics: Accomplishing Specific Learning Objectives, in E-Learning by Design, 2nd Edition, Pfeiffer, San Francisco, CA, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118256039.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 DEC 2011
  2. Published Print: 26 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470900024

Online ISBN: 9781118256039



  • e-learning topics;
  • knowledge product;
  • learning objective;
  • metadata


Topics accomplish individual learning objectives. They may mix text, graphics, voice, music, animation, and video. This chapter shows how to design e-learning topics to accomplish your learning objectives. A topic is the lowest-level learning object in a course or other knowledge product. It is the building block of instruction that accomplishes a single learning objective. The chapter discusses examples of topics such as simple topics, typical topics and complex topics. Although topics may differ widely, most contain some standard components, such as an objective, title, introduction, test, learning activities, summary, links, and metadata. The objective gives rise to all the components of the topic, and it is the objective against which the results of these components are judged. In designing the parts of a topic, consider how components interact, what they do for learners, and how they fit together.

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