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Is Rapid E-learning Development the Answer for Training Needs?

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Is Rapid E-learning Development the Answer for Training Needs?

If an organization has to meet business challenges, continuous learning is imperative. As a training manager, you play an important role in constantly upskilling employees or providing them with the right information at the right time. All said and done, rolling out a training program is not child’s play. There is a whole lot of time, effort, and cost that goes into designing an effective training program.

It’s almost two decades since traditional classroom training programs in organizations have been replaced or supplemented by online training programs. But, is that enough to stay ahead of competition? Unfortunately no, as changing technology and evolving business needs require that you come up with training programs that will help your organization stay one step ahead of competition. The answer lies in rapid eLearning development.

Rapid eLearning refers to online training programs that can be developed quickly. Did you know that rapid eLearning cuts down development time by almost 40%, as compared to traditional eLearning development? Read on to know how rapid eLearning development provides the answer to your training needs.

Quick Rollout of Training Programs

Have you ever faced a situation where you had to race against time to disperse essential information to employees?

Here’s a scenario where a training manager was under a tight deadline to rollout training programs quickly.

One of our clients, a global company wanted to train its employees on workplace health and safety, and safety processes to be followed. The storyboards were ready for development, but the organization’s training need was that 40 modules of online training had to be ready for rollout in 2 months. What’s more, the courses had to be iPad-compatible too.

We used rapid eLearning development to make this possible. This reduced the time taken to develop the eLearning courses, and also ensured that they were compatible with all mobile devices.

So, the next time you need to disperse training in a short period of time, remember, rapid eLearning development is ideal.

Easy Updates to Training Content

Another challenge faced by most training managers is managing frequent updates in training material.

The following scenario will help you understand this challenge better.

Compliance training programs are part of the training agenda in most organizations. A training manager who had rolled out a compliance training program, realized that some changes were required in the online course to reflect the updated IT regulatory compliance policy. She wanted a cost-effective, and quick way to update learners on the changes in compliance policy. Does she need to depend on someone else to make these changes or can she look at resources within the organization to handle these content changes? 

Rapid eLearning development makes use of rapid authoring tools that enable easy updates to content. So, the next time you need content in your training program updated, you can let the SME or L&D personnel within the organization make changes to the content with the help of easy-to-use rapid authoring tools.

The advantage of having a rapid eLearning course in place is that, changes to content can be done instantaneously, using rapid eLearning authoring tools.

Low Budget Training Programs

E-learning is cost-effective, and with rapid eLearning development, it gets even better. Consider the following scenario.

A healthcare organization needs to train its workforce on the procedure to be followed in handling a specific virus outbreak. As a training manager, you are required to keep track of the employees who have completed the training, and also generate reports. You know that this particular training content has a limited shelf period. Would you want to invest a lot of money in this training program? 

Absolutely not! You know very well that it does not make sense to invest a lot in this training program, as this process to handle a virus outbreak is not going to be used often. Your training need is to disseminate the required information to the healthcare workforce in as short a time as possible. Wouldn’t a simple e-mail suffice? In this case, no, because you are required to keep track of employees who complete the training program and also generate reports. Rapid eLearning development is perfect, as not only does it offer a low-cost training solution, but also lets you generate the required reports via a learning management system (LMS).

Reinforcement of Knowledge

One of the major training needs is reinforcement of knowledge that is imparted through online training programs. A training program that just disperses information cannot be termed successful. Here’s a scenario to help you relate to this training need.

An organization needed to train its sales team on a new product launch. In a few weeks, the team needed to be ready to make sales pitches on the new product, to potential clients. As most of the employees in the sales department were usually on-the-go, a classroom training program was impossible. The following were the training manager’s needs:

  • The training program had to be online.
  • It had to be accessible through mobile devices.
  • It also had to enable performance support by letting learners look up information on the new product as and when required. 

With rapid eLearning development, information is broken into bite-sized modules. These modules can be accessed quickly through mobile devices, even by employees who are constantly on-the-go. Because developing rapid eLearning modules is not as complex as developing e- courses from scratch, it is quick and they become powerful tools that facilitate reinforcement of learning, as and when required.

If you’ve already implemented online training programs in your organization, following rapid eLearning development can add value to your training programs. Here is a quick comparison of rapid eLearning vs end-to-end eLearning methodologies.

Comparison of Rapid eLearning Development with End-to-End eLearning

Rapid eLearning End-to-End eLearning
Rapid eLearning development is completed in a short time.
For instance, a 60-min course can be developed in under 3 weeks using rapid eLearning.
ELearning development process is longer. Depending on the complexity of the training, the development time extends by months.
Rapid eLearning development usually involves existing training content and media elements. End-to-end eLearning development usually involves analyzing content, filling content gaps, identifying learning objectives, selecting the instructional design strategy, designing the storyboard, creation of animations, graphics, and other media elements, before the course is designed.
Less number of resources need to work on rapid eLearning development. SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) play a key role in rapid eLearning development. The number of resources required is more as it requires content creation, curation, and some amount of programming. Instructional designers, graphic designers, and programmers play an important role in designing the training program.
Rapid eLearning development makes use of templates that can be re-used, to reduce development time and cost. End-to-end eLearning is expensive compared to rapid eLearning courses. Also, the number of resources required to complete the project is more, because of the numerous steps involved.

Whether it’s a small audience or a large one, a slimmer budget, or a tighter deadline for training delivery, training managers can afford to heave a sigh of relief as rapid eLearning development provides the answer to their training needs.

If you would like to add to the training needs that rapid eLearning development can take care of, please do so through the Comments section.

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