Rapid Development of E-learning Curricula

Rapid Development of  ELearning Curricula

As a training manager, you decide to address the learning needs of your employees by developing an eLearning curriculum. That is an easy decision, but now you face a dilemma: you want the eLearning course developed quickly and are confused about how to achieve it. You think that designing, developing and rolling out the entire curriculum to your employees will become a long drawn out process, making your timelines topsy-turvy.

The situation is not as bleak as it seems. You can take heart! Thanks to the rapid authoring tools offered by eLearning, the development times associated with developing eLearning curricula can be cut down drastically. All rapid authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline, Lectora, and Captivate will help you in this endeavor.

This process of rolling out eLearning curriculum within quick turnaround times can be executed easily and involves a constant, 2 way communication between your eLearning vendor. In this blog, I will outline this process and list the main benefits offered by few of the rapid authoring tools.

This part happens at your eLearning vendor’s end.

Step 1: The key lies in creating standardized templates for the content.

  • Analyze the content
  • Identify common elements such as Processes, Procedures, Definitions, etc.
  • Decide on common presentation patterns (with 3 to 4 variations) for each of the identified elements
  • Develop templates

Step 2: This is the crucial step wherein the individual modules are developed using the selected rapid authoring tool. Once the content and its template for a screen are decided, development using these tools becomes very easy and efficient.

Step 3: At this stage, your vendor will submit the modules developed by following these steps for your review and obtain stakeholder sign-off. Differences, if any, can be clarified here. Once you are in accord, provide the sign-off so that further development can proceed.

Few advantages of this approach include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduced development time and efforts
  • Improved turnaround time
  • Reduced costs
  • Uniformity and consistency across the entire eLearning curriculum

This is how rapid authoring tools assist in developing eLearning curricula very quickly and with minimal efforts. Additionally, the entire curriculum will have a consistent look and feel which will help learners orient themselves easily to the topic being taught. Now we will have a quick look at the benefits offered by three of the popular rapid authoring tools: Articulate Storyline, Lectora, and Adobe Captivate.

Articulate Storyline provides the ability to:

  • Customize templates and Graphic User Interfaces to enhance the visual and instructional appeal of the course
  • Use illustrations and photographic characters to create scenarios and animations
  • Develop multi-device compatible courses
  • Translate courses into multiple languages

Lectora provides the ability to:

  • Present heavy content in an interactive and engaging manner through the use of high level interactivities and assessments
  • Develop courses simultaneously in multiple languages
  • Develop multi-device compatible courses

Captivate provides the ability to:

  • Create hands-on learning experiences
  • Develop a ‘watch-try-do’ strategy or Simulations to train learners on software applications and tools
  •  Develop multi-device compatible courses
  • Translate courses into multiple languages

I hope this blog has shed light on the various rapid authoring tools available to develop eLearning curricula, and equipped you to make the best choice based on your specific requirements. Have anything to say, do share with us.

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