I often come across people who believe myths about rapid eLearning. They think that rapid eLearning lacks quality and it skips most of the instructional design steps in the process of creating eLearning courses faster. Some even believe that to take an online course, they need to have technical know-how. Most people even think that rapid eLearning is baseless, inaccurate, and imprecise.
In this blog, I would like to share information about three widely held misconceptions about rapid eLearning.
Misconception 1: Rapid eLearning lacks quality
People believe that rapid eLearning produce in online courses of poor quality. E-learning of poor quality is not the fault of rapid authoring tools; it is the result of lack of creativity of the developer. Therefore, ineffective, tedious and mind-numbing courses are made not because of these authoring tools.
If a developer has creative and strong visualization skills, even a plain PowerPoint presentation can be turned into a captivating and eye-catching eLearning course. Tom Kuhlman, in his blog, PowerPoint for eLearning has shared many tips to use PowerPoint for rapid eLearning.
Using rapid authoring tools, we can create ‘n’ number of interactivities in a course such as slideshows, click on tabs, click on numbers, click on notes, hotspots, rollovers, simulations, scenarios, and so on. The developer has to know the appropriate usage of these interactivities depending upon the content.
Misconception 2: Only eLearning experts can develop online courses
People think that only eLearning professionals can develop a course using authoring tools. But in reality, authoring tools are very easy to work with. They do not require any programming knowledge, and anyone who has a basic knowledge on PowerPoint and MS-Word can easily work with these authoring tools. As rapid authoring tools have inbuilt rich templates, if you are good at cut, copy, and paste, you can then change the structure of the course. The blog, Tips and Tricks of Lectora shares how one can develop online courses with rich interactivities and games without any programming knowledge.
Misconception 3: Instructional designers’ work is at risk
Often people believe that in the process of rapid eLearning, instructional designers are kept out of the process. But in reality, instructional designers play an important role in the process of rapid eLearning. Existing ILT resources, provided by the client, contains only 50% of what is actually shared by the instructor. The rest 50% of the content is shared by the instructor in the form of stories, examples, etc. This is where the role of an instructional designer comes into the picture. Instructional designers cover up the missing 50% content by doing research, interviewing the instructor and comprehending the learning needs of the target audience.
Thus, rapid eLearning is the perfect solution for every training manager. These are the three misconceptions about rapid eLearning. Do you have anything to share?