Rapid prototyping is the most commonly used term in the eLearning world, these days. So, what makes it so popular? Well, this is a process which helps fulfill the requirements and expectations of all the people involved in an eLearning project – instructional designers, visual designers, SMEs, developers, stakeholders and project managers. Thus, it facilitates the delivery of a high quality elearning course to the client.
Here are a few benefits of following the agile process in elearning development.
Involves the Stakeholders from the Beginning
We always strive to make our stakeholders happy. I believe involving the client right from the beginning of the elearning development process is a great idea. Sending them an elearning prototype, giving them an idea of how the end courses will be and getting approval from them definitely matters.
Allows Understanding the Client’s Needs
In every stage of the elearning project (i.e., the elearning design phase, elearning development phase etc.), we have an opportunity to discuss with the client and understand their needs. Thus, implementing them at every phase of elearning design and development would be easy and clear.
Think of a situation where we create an elearning course which we think is the best elearning course that we have developed. When we send the course to the client, we get to know that this is not what they are expecting, hence all our efforts go in vain. Such situations turn out to be very stressful and frustrating both to the elearning developers and stakeholders and lead to a lot of rework. In the agile process we send small chunks of the elearning course to the client, and even if they have anything to change it would be easy for the elearning developers to work on it at that point.
Changes can be Addressed Quickly
Since it is an iterative process, the elearning course has to be delivered at regular intervals. Any issues or changes can be resolved at every iteration and a quality elearning course can be deployed at the end.
Though it is an agile process, there is a lot of scope for desiging creativie elearning. It allows you to meet the learning needs of a learner. So, is your organization going the agile way? Please let us know.