While immediate needs exist to exchange firearms authorizations and decertification data, it is becoming increasingly evident that emergency management directives will request that POST, Academy and Agency organizations be in a position to provide training, certification and skills data to facilitate effective incident response. An XML standard based upon the vital data resident within the POST organizations would lay the foundation for significant advancements in interoperability.
Multimedia learning objects are important components of high quality, technology-mediated instruction. Learning objects allow the student to use the content learned in a particular part of a course and; 1. demonstrate mastery of the content, 2. apply that knowledge to solving a problem, and 3. use the content in a critical thinking exercise that both demonstrates mastery and allows the student to place the content within the context of the larger topic of the course. The difficulty associated with the use of learning objects on a broad scale is that they require programming skills most professors and instructors do not possess.