An Objective Look at Learning and Training

Learning objectives define the specific outcomes or competencies to be achieved in terms of skills, knowledge, attitudes, or values. They form the basis for both the instructional strategies used to present the material and the assessment strategies used to ensure learning has taken place. To fully leverage the power of learning objectives, it is critical to have the ability to associate learning objectives to their corresponding content and assessments within DITA. Co-chairs of the DITA L&T Subcommittee, Dawn Stevens and Amber Swope, present current methods companies are using to meet this goal and discuss possible enhancements for the DITA L&T specialization to make it easier and more effective in the future.

Meet the presenters

Dawn Stevens is the President, and owner of Comtech Services and the Director of the Center for Information-Development Management. With over 25 years of experience, including 15 years at Comtech, Dawn has practical experience in virtually every role within a documentation and training department, including project management, instructional design, writing, editing, and multimedia programming. With both engineering and technical communication degrees, Dawn combines a solid technical foundation with strong writing and design skills to identify and remove the challenges her clients face in producing usable, technical information and training.


Amber Swope is an internationally recognized expert on the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) who specializes in helping teams develop their information architecture and implement DITA. With over 20 years of experience in the information development field and 12 years of DITA expertise, Amber helps teams design and optimize their environments to improve efficiency and reduce costs. When she’s not busy helping to change the world with XML, she can be found playing soccer, walking her puppsters, and enjoying Portland, OR.


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