What is rapid elearning development?
An elearning organisation that wants course to be rolled out in some weeks should adopt rapid elearning development.
The rapid eLearning development makes sure that the elearning is developed as rapidly as possible with no need to contact the SMEs again and again.
The first step of rapid elearning development is record. This implies that the SME work in this first stage. They prepare some PowerPoint slides which include the graphics and animation known as the storyboard. Then they also give the audio for each slide recording it on the mobile phone. Then the instructional designing team works on the storyboard, it formulates the audio into a narration script and after editing it, gives it the nod. Then the SME’s again come into the picture and check the narrated script. When they have agreed to the script, the elearning team works on these inputs to develop the course.
So, the onus of developing the elearning lies with the SME that develop the storyboard.
The next stage is republish. This stage comprises of extra challenge. This includes changing obsolete courses that cant be used on mobile devices. This is because these courses have been prepared by using Flash. So, the format of these courses needs to be changed in terms of animation, interactivities or their content.
With a republish strategy you can make sure that these courses are revamped using modern-day authoring tools. This would make sure that when you have the source files of these courses, you know where to add the content in a modern authoring tool and hence you get the results.
The modern-day authoring tools come with a lot of features like background, interactivities and characters so its easy to design an engaging course. So, designing a course with such tools is quite easy. For example, take Vyond, it has camera movements, text animation, slide transition, character expressions and movements all built into the authoring tool. So, you can easily rebuild an old course with it which has static images.
Apart from adding new animations, and backgrounds into the course, you can also change the characters and their colours to reflect the corporate brand. There are websites which provide free vector images. You can change the colour of these images to reflect your logo colours.
As per Pricewaterhouse Coopers, it’s important to revamp the courses because at least half of the workforce around the world consists of millennials. They want to use courses on mobile devices. Its because they don’t want to be bound by time and place in learning a course. When you change your legacy course, into mobile compatible devices, through authoring tools such as Storyline, Lectora and Captivate, you can tap into this generation and its needs.
Rebuild is the third strategy of rapid elearning development. The rebuilding strategy involves decomposing the long course into simple chunks. But these chunks must be easily understood by learners. Rebuilding ensures that the learners can easily grasp the information in 5-7 minutes long bites. Since the chunks are smaller in size, they can be understood with ease.
The 4th strategy is redesign. In this strategy, the course is redesigned i.e. the classroom training is converted into the online training. For this, you have to convert the classroom material into a storyboard as per the instructional designing materials and principles. Just a classroom activity, you also need to design interactivities that fit the online pattern. You have to use the authoring tools properly to convert the classroom training into online modules.
Also, you have to offer support after the delivery of the training course.
This is how rapid eLearning development can take place.