Ever since rapid eLearning forayed into corporate training, it has been a topic of debate among eLearning pundits. For some, rapid eLearning is all about easy authoring tools that enable quick development. For others, rapid eLearning means sub-standard output. Let’s look at rapid eLearning closely to understand what is actually is.
Inputs for Rapid eLearning
Availability of existing reusable content is an integral factor that impacts whether you can complete a project rapidly. Content development or even filling the gaps for that matter will only add time to the process. So a rapid approach is only ideal when you have content that addresses the set learning objectives to get started with! But, what if the content is in different formats?
Whether the content is in the form of SOP, PDFs, eBooks, documents or ILT handouts, it is eligible for rapid eLearning – as long as it is conceptually complete and ready to go!
While the existing content is in place, it doesn’t mean that it can be directly dumped onto slides and publish using authoring tools. Right? Well, there’s a lot more!
The content will only shine through in your eLearning courses if it is supported by effective instructional design, including relevant learning objectives and assessments. It requires expertise to make courses engaging while keeping in mind the principles of instructional design and adult learning.
The other expertise includes project management, graphic designing, authoring tools, quality assurance, and IT support who ensure you receive zero-error courses. Hence, anybody can do rapid if they have these necessary expertise as well as the experience to tackle ambiguities during the process.
However, it’s a wise move to outsource rapid development to an eLearning vendor who takes away your burden and delivers quality courses that are otherwise strenuous to produce in-house.
Role of Instructional Design in Rapid eLearning
Sound instructional design is the heart and soul of rapid eLearning. The essence is on designing courses that follow instructional design and adult learning principles. For instance:
- Using learning objectives to show what’s in it for me
- Keeping the navigation free to enable self-directed learning
Learning objectives along with assessments in rapid eLearning ensure learning is on the right track. Moreover, developers leverage new-age instructional design strategies while focusing on making the training as realistic and close to learners’ actual jobs for immediate transfer. This is unlike conventional eLearning which uses fancy design strategies that were time-consuming and added little to effective learning.
However, just because rapid assures less development time than the conventional, it does not imply existing content is pasted on slides and published using authoring tools. Instructional designers put great amount of efforts to make memorable learning experience.
Here are 3 secret sauces to make your eLearning click.
What goes into making a memorable learning experience?
Address learners by name
Let learners choose an avatar
Metaphors and analogies
Empathy in Engagement
Role of SMEs in Rapid eLearning
Do you really think SMEs — who are mostly on-the go, traveling to client locations, solving multiple million-dollar issues — have time to lead rapid eLearning projects? In fact, the reality is completely different – reviewing or finalizing eLearning courses is the last of their priorities. Hence, one aspect of rapid eLearning is to make the most out of your SME’s available time while the development team takes charge of converting the raw content into courses. For instance, clarifying doubts at the initial stage of the project, using online review tools to reduce review time, and so on.
In a nutshell, the success of the project heavily relies on efficient partnership between the SME and the development team.