A traditional e-learning program development is often preceded with protracted scoping and needs analysis which may take several weeks. Most online training experts want to cut through the red tape and get the training show on the road.
With a rapid implementation approach, the training administrator or instructional designer can gather the core team and identify key training points. In just hours or days, the e-learning initiative will be ready to hit the highway.
Use smart design structures to deliver effective learning
Rapid e-learning design starts with a set of well conceived structures and patterns. Relevant, effective design that engages learners can make a difference and add to your message, and continuity will create a recognizable format and branding.
Allocate sufficient time with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
This approach searches a wide array of product knowledge material and identifies sets of re-usable patterns that work across all presented material. SMEs can be asked to define the important aspects of training content and, if possible, provide the information in a web deliverable format such as PowerPoint, Flash, Video, Word, spreadsheets, etc. This requires much less time for overwriting content plus reduces possible misinterpretation from SME to designer.
Use a tightly structured process to reduce time and cost. The most effective approach is to create a timeline, such as:
- Trainer provides training brief and source material; designer reviews and sets design structure.
- SME authenticates content in design structure.
- Designer teams up with SME to clarify any ambiguities.
- Designer builds first version of course without graphics (no scripts, straight to build).
- Designer reviews first online version with trainer for possible changes.
- Graphics works on animation/graphics, and designer integrates them.
- Trainer and designer edit and finalize; class is ready to launch.
The rapid e-learning approach utilizes:
- A small core team of designers, trainers and graphic artists, often with people in multiple roles.
- A design structure that can be quickly deployed and amended.
- Quality input from SMEs.
- Cohesive work during live calls and meetings.
- An established partnership between training and development.
Innovation and feedback are key to e-learning success
Content created in video or Flash is emerging as a preferred method of delivering training. A Learning Management System, or online training system, can embed the video into the learning screen for unlimited student viewing.
Feedback is critical for rapid e-learning success. Trainers should look to learners to provide worthwhile feedback on the usefulness of course material and how it can be improved. An evaluation upon course completion is the quickest way to get much needed feedback