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Step 3: Identify existing resources

Often, when you design a learning resource it is because there is nothing suitable available to assist in the delivery of some specific content. When developing an online resource, however, there may be a range of resources already available that you can adapt to suit your selected media and purpose.

Written resources, photographs, videos, case studies etc may be available and it may be a matter of repurposing that content for your needs. That way, more effort can be focused on developing an engaging interaction.

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Existing resources

List all available resources books, websites, teacher notes, hardware and software, etc here.


Identify available resources - books, websites, teacher notes, hardware and software, etc might be a good place to start.

Remember that a print based resource covering the same material cannot simply be converted to HTML and then called an online learning resource!

If you are considering using existing resources make sure you:

  • are not in breach of copyright laws
  • seek appropriate permissions before using or adapting content
  • apply principles of online learning design to ensure the content is fit for purpose (see Part A: Basic principles of online learning design).

When identifying existing resources it may be beneficial to estimate what percentage of the resource can be repurposed to help inform your staff resourcing needs.