International Learning Unit

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International Learning Unit or (ILU) is an outcome based measurement of learning designed for lifelong learning activities. The ILU uses a competency based approach to measure education courses. The ILU was designed to be used to as an alternate measurement and standard to time based measurements. The ILU measurement is used to provide evidence of completion of continuing education requirements mandated by certification bodies, professional societies, or governmental licensing boards.

History ILU was developed by the Learning Resources Network (LERN).

Definition 0.1 Learning Units is gained by an outcome based evaluation composed of 5 content items learned, with a pass rate of 80%.

Evaluation A common method of evaluation is a test. Other acceptable evaluations include demonstrations, essays, evaluated online discussions, presentations and other outcome based evaluations.

Content items A common content item is a question. Other acceptable content items include skill based or manual techniques, written comments (such as a thesis, point, illustration, or other words), and any other components, five of which constitute the evaluation. A Content Item is a fundamental aspect of knowledge, a collection of key facts, a set of essential abilities, and/or a demonstrated understanding that is the intended outcome of the learning activity.

Pass rate The pass rate is a minimum of 80%, or four out of five content items. In some cases, Providers or Approval Agencies may require a higher standard where necessary or required.

Players Those using ILUs include Learners, those individuals who gain Learning Units; Providers, those organizations and entities that provide learning activities, evaluations and the awarding of Learning Units; and Approval Agencies, those organizations and entities that regulate professions, accept credit, approve relicensure, and provide other recognition for specific fields and areas of endeavor.

External links The ILU sources are available free from LERN at[1]//


  1. ^ Learning Resources Network (LERN)