All that is FAIR in Learning and Development

Feb 2, 2021 | Learning, Featured

As an L&D executive, have you ever thought of re-using your learning data elsewhere other than exploiting it for training purposes? Wouldn’t it be smart to make the training data more accessible to the organizational workforce? Imagine how wonderful it will be to integrate your LMS-specific learning data into some other organizational software like an HRMS?

There is a solution to all the above-listed queries, i.e. compliance with FAIR data standards! FAIR stands for findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability. It is a world-class standard for data creation developed in the year 2014. The purpose was to make research data easily discoverable by the public and the experts in the concerned field. Moreover, the FAIR guiding principles help enhance the capability of machines to find and use data.

Why Would You Like to Create Content Conforming to FAIR?

Creating data as per FAIR standards will help the L&D leaders of corporations develop training content that will be easily discoverable, and hence, will serve as a great eLearning tool to the organizational workforce in this information age. Added to that, the learning modules will be easily integrable with other organizational software like an HRMS, besides being seamlessly re-usable in other format of content like a PPT, PDF, Video, flyer, etc.

How Does Data Become Findable with FAIR?

An organization needs to assign a PID (persistent identifier) to the metadata of their eLearning content so as to make it unique and easily accessible across its branches worldwide. The L&D team of the organization can leverage a private repository that assigns a PID to archive the data. 

What’s a PID: It’s an ever-lasting reference to a file, document, or a web page. A PID is used in context of digital objects that are accessible on the web.

Imagine, how much easier the delivery of corporate training will become with implementation of FAIR by the L&D leaders. In fact, it will benefit the needs of employers as well as employees at the same time.  And hence, a perfect win-win situation!

You can hear about the impact of FAIR standards on eLearning data management direct from the horse’s mouth, i.e. Mr. Steven Kowalski, Director at Creative Licensing Consulting, USA.

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