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Using reusable learning objects to raise awareness and disseminate research findings about the impact of dyslexia on placement-based learning

The findings from a previous study investigating the impact of dyslexia on practice learning were used to develop the content of two web-based reusable learning objects (RLOs). The aim was to provide students and mentors with evidence-based guidance and strategies for coping with dyslexia in the workplace. The RLOs were developed using a pedagogicalframework to guide the use of media components, narratives and interactivity. The RLOs have been accessed by over 600 users, including students and mentors. Positive ratings and qualitative feedback suggest that the RLOs are of highquality and informative. Translation of research findings into RLOs is an effective way of achieving knowledge transfer. In this study the resources were developed for healthcare students, their mentors and others interested in finding out more about dyslexia. By releasing the RLOs as open educational resources, the barriers associated with authentication and restrictive licensing are removed, enabling many more people to learn about dyslexia and the strategies for coping with dyslexia in the workplace.

Author(s): Heather J Wharrad, Jo Sanderson Mann, Fiona McCandless, Fred Riley

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