The 3 pillars of rapid eLearning are the content, the 4 R strategy, and rapid authoring tools.
Rapid eLearning uses existing training material – classroom material or legacy courses – and leverages the power of authoring tools to convert it into:
- Online courses
- Microlearning assets
- Digital performance support solutions
Whatever form the content is in the form of SOPs, PDFs, eBooks, documents, or ILT handouts, it can be converted to eLearning, as long as it is aligned with the learning objectives.
The Strategy: The 4 ‘R’s of Rapid eLearning
Rapid eLearning offers a 4-pronged strategy – Record, Republish, Rebuild, and Redesign!
1. Redesign Classroom Material to Online Learning
Classroom Instructor-Led Training (ILT) has a lot of challenges—high logistics cost (travel, venue, and so on), non-availability of trainers, the difficulty in gathering learners and instructors at one place at the scheduled time, etc. And with the uncertainties around COVID-19, classroom training doesn’t really seem to be a viable option anymore. Migrating from classroom to online training would ensure you reach a larger audience with a smaller investment. But how do you do that painlessly?
Through our Redesign strategy of rapid eLearning development that helps you convert classroom training materials to online training:
- Asynchronous training (eLearning, mobile learning, blended learning, job-aids)
- Synchronous (Virtual Instructor-Led Training)
2. Record to Save SME Time
The Record strategy will help reduce SME touchpoints in the eLearning design and development from the 9 (for conventional eLearning design and development) to a mere 3.
Step 1: The SME puts together a rough PPT deck of relevant content and records the explanation for each slide (highlighting important points) on the mobile phone or any audio recording app/software.
Step 2: The ID team works on the PPT deck to enhance it instructionally, transcribes the SME’s audio into the narration script, and finalizes it.
Step 3: The SME reviews the narration script and the enhanced PPT storyboard.
Step 4: The eLearning team develops the final eLearning course with audio.
Here is a mini guide with 10 handy tips to reduce SME time.
3. Rebuild Legacy Courses into Microlearning Assets
Courses developed a few years ago might have a seat time anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour. Such lengthy courses don’t fit into the busy schedules of today’s employees anymore. With our Rebuild strategy of rapid eLearning development, these lengthy eLearning courses or curriculums can be broken down logically into short and crisp microlearning nuggets for easy assimilation and better recall. The key is to ensure one microlearning module addresses one learning objective.
4. Republish for Mobile Compatibility
If your organization has been using eLearning for some time, you might be saddled with a library of legacy courses developed in obsolete software such as Flash or older versions of authoring tools that are not compatible with mobile devices. Our Republish strategy of rapid eLearning development enables you to:
- Upgrade the course to a newer version of an authoring tool (with new interactivities, assessments)
- Update content or branding
- Revamp the look and feel of text-heavy, visually unappealing courses
- Make courses compatible with mobile devices
The Tools: Rapid Authoring Tools for Rapid eLearning
Rapid authoring tools (desktop or web-based) enable eLearning developers to create meaningful learning experiences, quickly and effectively – from creating interactive modules and multimedia assets to making them mobile-compatible.
Here are some of the popular eLearning authoring tools and how they help in rapid eLearning.
In Rapid eLearning
Articulate Storyline 360 and Rise
Articulate 360 includes Storyline 360, Rise 360, and other authoring apps. We call it the “Swiss army knife” of eLearning development that offers everything you need to develop effective courses, rapidly.
Storyline 360 helps create high-quality eLearning courses with custom interactivities at unprecedented speed. Courses can be made multi-device compatible with a single click.
Rise from the stable of Articulate 360, is a fully responsive web-based authoring tool. All you need is a web browser to create beautiful courses optimized for every screen size. Rise 360 is ideal for text-based courses that need to be digitized.
Adobe Captivate 2019, is the tool if you want a lot of simulations in your eLearning courses. The latest version makes designing immersive learning experiences a reality. All you need is 360̊ images and videos to get started with virtual reality courses.
Lectora Online is a web-based authoring tool that also harnesses the power of the desktop-based authoring tool. It offers collaborative features that enable creating and reviewing eLearning content anytime, anywhere. Lectora is the perfect tool for text heavy courses.
iSpring Suite is one of the most popular authoring tools to convert PowerPoint decks to eLearning. The tool is integrated with PowerPoint, making it very user-friendly and simple to use.
Why use rapid authoring tools?
- Enable delivery of courses across different platforms and mobile devices. Learners can access courses seamlessly on any mobile device with any operating system (Windows RT, Android, iOS, or modern-day browsers Mozilla, Chrome). These tools are also frequently updated based on the latest technology, so you don’t have to worry about keeping up with the latest eLearning trends.
- Allow easy updates and scaling up. If in future, you want to update or change some elements of your eLearning course, you can simply import the existing course in the rapid eLearning dashboard and make the appropriate changes. It’s as simple as that!
- Allow templates to be standardized and reused. Most eLearning authoring tools offer an array of pre-built themes, templates, and interfaces that can be tweaked to suit your corporate branding and saved in an eLibrary.
- Make eLearning translations simple and quick with options to export course content as XML files. Once the content is translated, it can be imported back into the tool, synced with audio, and published. Check this blog for insights on tools that simplify eLearning translation.
Rapid eLearning empowers you to bid adieu to inefficient development processes, puffed up bills, and stretching timelines. All this without compromising on learner engagement! It’s your one-stop solution to keep up with ever-changing business demands and deliver efficient and up to date training.
So, Are you Ready for Rapid eLearning Development?
Do you have the content ready to meet the learning objectives?
Is an SME available for reviews for the rapid eLearning project?
Does your vendor have the expertise and resources for rapid eLearning development?
Is your LMS SCORM compliant?
If your answer is “Yes” to all questions, you’re good to go!