Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.3 Part 3: All-Inclusive Edition

Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.3 Part 3: All-Inclusive Edition
OASIS DITA Technical Committee

learningObject organizes topic references to DITA learning topics as a learning object.

A learningObject follows a specific sequence of topic references to learning content, starting with a learning plan, then a learning overview or learning pre-assessment, one or more learning content topics, a learning summary, and one or more learning post-assessment topics.

By default, the topic references in a learningObject are expected to use the learning-specific topic types. However, the href can point to content of any type that you want to structure as a learning object. In this way, you can structure any existing DITA content as a learning object, and then take advantage of the learning-specific processing available for building and packaging that content for delivery in a learning system or learning context.

Content models

See appendix for information about this element in OASIS document type shells.


+ map/topicref learningmap-d/learningObject


<map title="learningobject_example">
 <!-- learningObject clusters can appear anywhere in a map hierarchy but always
     follow a consistent information pattern within the LO -->
 <learningObject collection-type="sequence" href="topOverview.dita" type="learningOverview">
  <learningPlanRef href="testlearningPlan.dita" type="learningPlan">
  <learningOverviewRef href="testlearningOverview.dita" type="learningOverview">
  <learningContentRef href="testlearningContent.dita" type="learningContent">
    <learningContentComponentRef href="termA.dita" type="glossentry"/>
    <learningContentComponentRef href="termB.dita" type="glossentry"/>
  <learningAssessmentRef href="testlearningAssess.dita" type="learningAssessment">
  <learningSummaryRef href="testlearningSummary.dita" type="learningSummary">


The following attributes are available on this element: Universal attribute group, Link relationship attribute group (with a narrowed definition of href, given below), Attributes common to many map elements, Topicref element attributes group, outputclass, keys, and keyref.

A pointer to the resource represented by the topicref. See The href attribute for detailed information on supported values and processing implications. References to DITA content cannot be below the topic level: that is, you cannot reference individual elements inside a topic. References to content other than DITA topics should use the format attribute to identify the kind of resource being referenced.