Redefining Rapid E-learning

With remote accessibility, around-the-clock schedules and a world where information fluctuates by the minute, effective online learning and training prescribes a change in the way e-learning content is created and

With remote accessibility, around-the-clock schedules and a world where information fluctuates by the minute, effective online learning and training prescribes a change in the way e-learning content is created and delivered. In order to adapt to this shift and meet e-learning goals and objectives of today’s learners, developers are required to distribute quickly made, highly interactive and engaging content filled with the appropriate resources and assessments. In order to successfully meet these demands, many instructional designers are employing rapid e-learning software to develop e-learning and training material.

What’s All the Hype?

The term rapid e-learning has been used in the industry for years, but often what is described as rapid development misses the mark. True rapid e-learning should deliver highly engaging, interactive and succinct courses created and employed with the value of time and demand in mind. The benefits of adopting this method apply to both developers and learners that aim to distribute and access material in a timely and efficient manner.

“Speed to development and deployment is clearly a key factor in rapid e-learning,” Kineo reports. “With sales cycles shortening, tactical responses to changes in the market place required today not tomorrow and rapid staff turn-over, the need to produce support and develop higher performance in shorter time scale increases.”

The Rapid E-learning Patron

“Traditional” e-learning lends itself more toward robust, standalone authoring tools that often take more time to learn. Rapid e-learning tools are intended to meet the needs of new, fast-paced learners and developers that want learning material on a “need-to-have”

basis, rather than wasting extensive development time.

Rapid e-learning courses can create an entire interactive experience, as opposed to text-heavy courses with numerous pages and minimal graphics and animation. Rapid e-learning developers strive to wrap information, resources and assessments into a streamlined package that meets the demands of “information-now” learners.

Quick, Easy Development

Rapid development tools offer the lowest learning curve so more time is spent creating, rather than learning how to use the authoring tool. Because many rapid e-learning solutions are plug-ins for Microsoft PowerPoint, these powerful tools offer functionality and familiarity, and allow the designer to jump right in to the project and pick it up quickly.

Instead of working for months on a course, developers can create a highly interactive and engaging course in a fraction of the time with rapid e-learning software. Kineo notes that a full rapid e-learning course can typically be developed in 21 days or less, will be short, and does not require specialists’ knowledge, which in turn subtracts production time. Anyone can develop effective e-learning and training material without extensive programming or expert knowledge.

“A major disincentive to producing e-learning in the past

has been the need to master complex tools or specialist programming languages,” Kineo reports. “A new generation of tools have taken away this barrier and provided either straightforward Web-based/Windows-based interfaces or even more simple integration with common tools like PowerPoint.”

Accessibility, Cost Benefits

With new rapid e-learning tools entering the market at a fraction of the cost of traditional development software, the barrier to enter the e-learning category no longer exists. Time is money. So, less money is spent on the tool, less time is spent on each project and creators spend less on the overall development itself.

The Cost of Price

Investing large sums of money in a tool for rapid e-learning development does not directly result in a higher quality product, nor does it stipulate successful e-learning content. In fact, it is recommended that instructional designers research the available tools and understand what they are paying for.

The paradigm-busting pricing introduced by Snap! by Lectora, demonstrates that more money does not always equal higher quality and proves that you shouldn’t pay top dollar for the same capabilities as high-priced tools. Snap! by Lectora empowers those without expert skills or big budgets to create fully functioning e-learning and training content, and makes rapid e-learning development accessible to the masses. With one Flash file, learners can navigate through quizzes, surveys, Websites, YouTube videos and multimedia without leaving the course. Developers can easily record a personal video or audio to play throughout the course and add attachments for quick access to additional information. Multiple publishing options allow for fast and easy distribution through the Web, learning management systems (LMS), CD-ROM and unlimited hosting on Snap! Live and

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