There was a time when developing any online course was a long-drawn process with endless iterations between course developers and computer programmers, not to mention the subject matter specialists whose inputs were needed to ensure content accuracy. This naturally took time and a one-hour eLearning course would take months to be completed.
However, this scenario changed dramatically with the entry of the rapid authoring tools. E-learning courses can now be developed using built-in templates. The upgraded versions of the tools have advanced features and course developers are often loaded with immense choices in terms of colors, templates and characters to use. When one uses the authoring tools for the first time, there is a tendency to experiment with all the features it provides — and all of its features are very trendy and useful. But when it comes to the final choice, one needs to exercise discretion. Does the course warrant so many interactivities? Would the use of extensive interactivities mar the learning experience? These aspects need to be kept in mind, and only a skilled instructional designer can be proficient in these aspects.
Here is a presentation that uses examples from an online product training course and shows how the various elements provided by authoring tools can be used judiciously. Download the presentation titled, Does Your Online Product Training Use Rapid Authoring Tools Wisely?