The term “boiler plate” originally referred to the metal plate that was placed on a steam boiler by its manufacturer. As time went on, the printing industry began to use the same term to identify parts of the newspaper that would often be reproduced, such as an advertisement, and therefore were cast in stone since it was more durable. The term further evolved in the legal field to refer to the parts of a contract that were standard and didn’t change.
In eLearning, boilerplate refers to any reusable chunks of content or code that are included in many different parts of a course with minor changes. Some examples are:
- directions to take an online quiz
- introductory page in a course
- summary page in a course
- vocabulary exercise
- footer with a copyright statement
Here are two examples of boilerplate, the first one for a writing team and the second one for a development team.
Sample Boilerplate for a developer to embed a video on a page.
CourseArc‘s boilerplate function allows you to create and manage reusable content. This makes it easy for you to keep your content consistent and reduce the time and effort spent on the project.