Are you getting started with e-learning development? Are you unsure of how to develop an eLearning course? For starters know that there are two ways you can present your eLearning course, one way is traditional eLearning and the other is rapid eLearning.
In this blog we will look at what is traditional eLearning and what are its challenges.
What is traditional eLearning?
- Traditional eLearning is produced by traditional eLearning tools. These tools are called power user tools and courses produced by traditional eLearning tools have high production are highly interactive. Popular traditional eLearning tools are Adobe’s Flash and Dreamweaver. Training on using traditional tools typically takes 2-3 months.
- Traditional eLearning has a longer development cycle and development time can be around 3-6 months.
- Storyboards are created that define content for each screen, including the text, graphics and media elements. Storyboards are then brought to life by a development team, which includes graphic designers, programmers, and instructional designers.
Projects that best suit traditional eLearning
- Large Projects with large budgets.
- Projects that need extensive interactivities and extensive simulations.
- Traditional eLearning is usually created for material that requires no or less updations in future.
- Training programs with long shelf life, like new employee orientation training, compliance training, are a good situations for traditional eLearning development.
Challenges faced with traditional eLearning
Longer development cycle, typically require 6 months to 1 year, as they involve elaborate storyboarding of the content, numerous rounds of reviews and intricate programming to integrate the content. In this Development process lot of interactions and iterations takes place between the client and the developer, hence consumes lot of time and money. Even a small update to the course can take up a lot of time.
Rapid eLearning fits the requirement perfectly, if your need is to develop courses quickly, easily and cost effectively. Rapid eLearning development involves using eLearning authoring tools that require minimum programming knowledge. They enable instructional designers and learning professionals to transform content to instructionally sound learning material, within a short duration. While traditional eLearning course may take months to develop, rapid eLearning course can be developed in a few weeks.
This is the first post in a series of “Articulate Storyline – A Boon for Learning Designers and Stakeholders” and in our next blog we will see more about rapid eLearning, types of projects that best suit rapid eLearning and the challenges faced with rapid eLearning.