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ERIC Number: ED498690
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Technical Guidelines for Digital Learning Content: Development, Evaluation, Selection, Acquisition and Use
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
The Educational Technology Cooperative of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) established the Digital Learning Content initiative to identify guidelines and develop recommendations to assist those who develop, evaluate, select, acquire and use digital learning content to create products that are easy to access and use in order to ensure quality course development and to address cost issues. This document details 20 suggested guidelines to identify the minimum technical requirements for digital learning content. While not directly addressing instructional quality, they encourage the development of all content to the same standards, thus enabling selection of content based on quality rather than on accessibility, technical interoperability, or compatibility with a specific. The guidelines discussed include: (1) All content adheres to current World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines; (2) Content is IMS Content Packaging Specification conformant; (3) Content is SCORM 1.2 conformant at a minimum; (4) All content is 508 conformant; (5) All content follows the current Web Accessibility Guidelines; (6) Content conforms to the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS); (7) Two-dimensional graphics conform to current Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format; (8) Rich media are provided in the user's choice of format, or the source code is provided to enable the user to convert the media to the format of choice; (9) Rich media are available in low and high bandwidth; (10) Copyrighted rich media and images are protected by technology that prevents them from being downloaded, saved or copied by students once they are placed in the course; (11) Multiple authentications are not required for users to access content through a secured Web site; (12) Coding will not disable LMS features when the content is used; (13) Content does not contain code that limits full functionality in other delivery environments; (14) Content must be capable of being reorganized and replicated within the legal terms of use while remaining fully functional; (15) Content components can be replicated or updated in their entirety or in their individual parts; (16) Content adopts a file naming convention that is unique, descriptive, meaningful and consistently applied as it relates to the organization of the content; (17) Test/question item banks are organized by the learning outcomes they are intended to assess; (18) Content maintains the privacy of users, security of information about users and security of users' content; (19) Publisher provides the ability for the institution to archive user interactions, usage logs, record of work completed and performance; and (20) At a minimum, technical support is provided for system technology administrators during standard business hours for the duration of the license. It is recommended that providers, developers and distributors of digital learning content to state education agencies, schools, colleges and universities use these guidelines for evaluation purposes to help provide quality assurance to their clients. Procurement officials and users should use the guidelines for acquisition purposes to assess the features of digital learning content. Review guide is included.
Southern Regional Education Board. 592 10th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-5790. Tel: 404-875-9211; Fax: 404-872-1477; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974; Rehabilitation Act 1973