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The Twin Myths of Rapid E-learning

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The Twin Myths of Rapid ELearning

Ever since the evolution of rapid eLearning, it has been a subject of debate in the online training world. Many believe that this digital course development methodology has revolutionized eLearning development, as it helps reduce the time and money needed to create an eLearning course by about 50%. But, there are people who are highly skeptical about this methodology. Their indifferent attitude towards rapid eLearning is a result of their belief in 2 myths surrounding the eLearning development methodology. These “rapid eLearning bashers” often base their arguments on 2 erroneous beliefs. Let us see what they are and why they are wrong.

Myth 1: Rapid E-learning Produces Shoddy Online Courses

People, who denounce rapid eLearning often, argue that rapid eLearning produces digital courses that are of poor quality. They believe that since the tools used in rapid eLearning can be used by anyone, eLearning development is robbed of expertise.

Reality: Rapid eLearning is not responsible for the poor quality of online courses. 

Bad eLearning courses existed before rapid eLearning, too. Shoddy eLearning courses are a result of non-adherence to sound instructional design principles. Your course may not be effective, even if you develop it using the traditional methodology, if you do not follow these principles. Coming to the “democratization” of eLearning development, the tools used in rapid eLearning have allowed learning experts such as instructional designers (IDs) and subject-matter experts (SMEs) to take active part in eLearning development, and this goes a long way in producing better online courses.

Myth 2: Rapid E-learning Is Not Systematic

Skeptics condemn rapid eLearning as “whirlwind eLearning development” that does not follow a systematic procedure for developing digital courses. They argue that this has an impact on the effectiveness of the online course.

Reality: The belief that rapid eLearning does not involve a systematic procedure is unfounded. 

People need to understand that rapid eLearning is highly systematic and reduces the time taken for developing a course by reducing the number of steps involved in the traditional eLearning development and using rapid authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate and Lectora Inspire. Here are the steps involved in the development of courses using the rapid eLearning methodology.

  1. Content Comprehension
  2. Preparation of the Detailed Content Outline (DCO)
  3. Creation of the storyboard
  4. Design of the GUI, navigation and interactivities
  5. Incorporation of the media elements
  6. Addition of assessments
  7. Selection of the right rapid authoring tool
  8. Review of the developed course
  9. Deployment of the course

Thus, we can clearly see that rapid eLearning is very systematic and can be used to produce online courses of high efficacy.

The twin myths surrounding rapid eLearning are preventing firms from realizing the benefits of adopting this eLearning development methodology. I hope this blog clears the air. What do you think?

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