There are many types of standards that could be useful for e-Learning in the NHS. These can cover:

Standards that define learning such as assessment criteria, competencies, pedagogy or learning styles can be found throughout the toolkit.

The area of technical standards for e-Learning is broad and complex and is not dealt with in detail in the Toolkit. Comprehensive help can be found on the NHS developers site.

There are a confusingly large number of standards related to e-Learning and they can often overlap or even conflict. There are also many standards that apply to more generic use of technology, such as those used by web browsers, as opposed to those specifically aimed at e-Learning.

Standards can be guidelines and recommendations or can include a testable measure of conformance.

Standards are preferably open in that anyone can use them without cost. Several formal standards documents do have to be purchased to get hold of them.

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