Although rapid elearning definition varies, the commonly used elearning course attributes are:

  • Developed within a span of 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Rapid elearning authoring tools are utilized which facilitate typically input from source content in format such as PowerPoint. Few examples include Articulate Studio’13, Articulate Studio’09, Snap! By Lectora, Adapt, Claro and Mohive. Even traditional based elearning authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline, Lectora Inspire and Adobe Captivate can be used for the purpose of rapid elearning development.
  • SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) having written source contents will lead these projects.
  • Through standard template library present in authoring tools, there can be created courses and have simple assessment and basic interaction level.
  • No technical expertise is needed by rapid authoring tools for development of courses/contents. Besides this, the tools also facilitate ‘Easy Publish’ of different types of courses in desired standards like AICC, SCORM 2004, SCORM 1.2, standalone (Offline/CD version).

Rapid content authoring tools: Know the benefits

It is quicker turnaround time that has been the major key factor for rapid elearning development to enjoy immense success. It is the SMEs who manage this development predominantly, thereby reducing need for other resources like programmers, visual designers and instructional designers.

Summary of key advantages provided

  • Reduced developmental costs
  • Quicker turnaround time (with the course ready to go live by 2 to 3 weeks)
  • Help design training modules with the ability to respond more dynamically towards specific needs of organizations.
  • Opportunities provided to organizations for leveraging on talents of internal SMEs, to use them more meaningfully and efficiently.
  • Full control on enhancements or updates being made to courses.

Where can success be achieved with rapid elearning development?

It finds excellent fit and found successful in below given situations:

  • Progress requiring extensive and accurate subject matter input: SMEs in case of traditional elearning projects pass on raw contents to the instructional designers. The latter then comes up with storyboards. Then it is managed by programmers and visual designers who develop eventual project. It is the professionals not having much experience or knowledge of contents, who tend to control majority of the developmental process. Hence, projects which benefits from the presence of SMEs continuous and direct engagement can be termed to be an excellent fit exclusively for rapid e-learning development. Direct development of courses can even be opted by experts. They can work closely with the instructional designers to make sure that there is correct implementation of what is being said by them.
  • Organizations with limited training budgets or projects with limited budgets: Rapid elearning development can be stated to be the perfect and logical choice in both the cases.
  • Projects requiring to go live very quickly: If projects are to go live within short span of time (within a period of 3 weeks), then rapid elearning development can be an excellent fit. Traditional elearning development cannot meet this goal effectively.

Therefore, it can safely be stated that rapid elearning development can help in creating interesting and unique contents as needed by organizations and institutions.