This is the second post in a series of “Articulate Storyline – A Boon for Learning Designers and Stakeholders“. In case you missed the previous post, here it is “Traditional ELearning – Challenges and Solutions“. In my last post I discussed “Traditional ELearning and its Challenges”.
Let’s see what rapid eLearning is and its challenges.
Characteristics of Rapid eLearning
- Rapid eLearning is produced by rapid eLearning tools. These tools can help produce a course quickly and easily. Some of the widely used rapid authoring tools are Articulate, Lectora, Captivate and iSpring.
- Rapid eLearning squeezes instructional design and development phases. This results in a shorter development cycle with development time being 3-4 weeks.
- Rapid authoring tools help the organization to lower the development time, thereby cutting down the production time and costs.
Projects That Best Suit Rapid Elearning
- Products with Short Shelf – Life
For products with limited shelf – life, quick training is mandatory. Companies launch new products and new promotions every season. Their sales teams and channel partners need to be updated about the features and benefits of these new products. This information is dynamic and may change from quarter to quarter. Rapid eLearning is the most viable option to implement because it is easy to develop and deploy courses quickly. Check my blog on 3 Reasons to Use Rapid Elearning to Quickly Train Your Sales Channel for more information.
- Rapidly Changing Content
Rapid eLearning is ideal for content that keeps changing from time to time. For example, compliance guidelines keep changing from time to time; hence, it is obligatory for employers to communicate these new guidelines to their employees. With rapid eLearning, employers can quickly and easily update new guidelines to their employees.
Challenges with Rapid ELearning
Rapid eLearning has its disadvantages too. It lacks the services of an expert designer or a programmer. The critics of this concept say that Rapid eLearning misses the value, which a professional designer can add. At times, developers have to compromise with available template models. They cannot unleash their creativity to get the kind of design they want, which results in a poor quality eLearning.
Articulate Storyline – A Solution
With Articulate Storyline, developers can easily and quickly convert a PowerPoint presentation into an interactive eLearning course. Developers can add various highly interactive learning components without any scripting, coding or programming knowledge. Quality will not suffer either due to lack of technical knowledge or due to shortage of time. This tool has a fabulous array of features that includes the best of both traditional and rapid eLearning methods, resulting in highly interactive eLearning courses.
In my next blog, we will see the features that facilitate Articulate Storyline to be on top and how it gives a Midas touch to eLearning projects.