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Throw Out The Rapid E-Learning Stereotypes

I thought I would write a quick post to address the stereotypical viewpoints centering around Rapid e-learning and its tools. Having been in the industry as a developer and e-learning consultant for over 5 years, I feel quite comfortable in knowing what ‘is’ and what ‘isnt’ when it comes to rapid e-learning. I have worked both with traditional methods of e-learning creation and delivery and newer methods, including rapid e-learning tools. I have even in some projects mixed the two together.

The extremist viewpoint from some professionals to rapid e-learning tools is that its a ‘fad’ and it produces low quality e-learning which lacks interactivity and engagement. Or they are just tools for converting powerpoints to flash content. Hmmm….i would agree…If it was the year 2000!! But its 2010 ladies and gentlemen and rapid e-learning has much more to offer if you know how to utilise the tools. As e-learning professionals you have to keep up to date on the latest technology and tools, it would be foolish not to and quite frankly detrimental to yours (and mine) career. Part of this technological boom in e-learning can be attributed to rapid e-learning tools and their ability to create robust, high quality, media rich engaging e-learning.

I agree that some people and e-learning professionals are using rapid e-learning tools to create boring, engageless courses which lack quality. Quite simply converting powerpoint to flash without any thought to design and quality. FULL MARKS to the clever individuals for spotting this behaviour… BUT NO MARKS to the same people who use it as an excuse to denouncing and detesting the the whole concept of rapid e-learning. In short, it would make sense to criticise the people rather than the concept of rapid e-learning. The tools have the ability to meet the proper market needs. I saw a great definition of e-learning itself from a comment on a linked-in group I set up which was “E-learning is the systematic process of analyzing what’s needed and designing, implementing, and evaluating instruction, tapping into both human and digital resources”. She also correctly pointed out that if you skimp the analysis and other important stages in the process you get e-content rather than feature rich engaging e-learning, regardless of whether rapid e-learning tools are used. Rapid e-learning has nothing to do with bad e-learning if people are not willing to go through correct systematic procedures for a high quality end product and utilise the tools to their potential.

As a short completely off the topic example, I went to get my car fixed at the garage the other day and after getting it analysed, the young mechanic told me he cant fix it and his colleague had the mechanical ability to fix the problem. So asked him “Do you not have the tools and equipment to do the job?”, he replied “we have all the tools but I havent got the know how on how to fix it!”. So in this circumstance it would be foolish or ignorant to criticise the tools rather than the ability of the staff. Obviously I didnt throw too much of a tantrum (because im a patient man, and the mechanic was only a young apprentice and was still learning the trade), but it highlights the point that the key is knowing how to use tools and knowledge effectively!

The same can be applied to Rapid e-learning, the trick is knowing how to utilise the tools effectively. People who criticise the tools need to go out and see what the tools can really do instead of making assumptions or observing people who are practicing the concept badly!

From my experience I can tell you that I created feature rich, media rich, Interactivity rich, high quality e-learning content for clients in both traditional e-learning approaches AND rapid e-learning environments.

I am NOT stating that rapid e-learning tools should completely replace the industry but one must now accept that rapid e-learning tools have their place in the industry and have settled quite well! Nor am I saying that professional developers (such as myself) or instructional designers are no longer required which is another stereotype to rapid e-learning tools I suppose. The ability to design and instruct effectively is a skill in itself, regardless of what is used to produce the end e-learning product!

As e-learning professionals it is OUR job to analyse the needs of consumers/clients and make informed decisions on which tools and technologies would best suited. To completely dismiss the idea of using rapid e-learning tools, whether its used in 10% of the project or all of it, would be foolish on my part to say the least! Quite simply because the technologies to drive these rapid e-learning tools have advanced in recent years and gone beyond the ‘powerpoint conversion’ days along time ago! So its time to change the record people, whether you are part of it or not, rapid e-learning tools and technologies will continue to revolutionalise the approach to e-learning.

Thanks For Reading

Nomi

RLL

www,RapidLearningLife.com

About the Author

Why use rapid fire pads and lag switches?

I love online gaming but its being wrecked by these cheats! dont like to blow my own trumpit but im very very good at all first person shooters
i think most of these cheats are just really crap gamers trying whatever to win.
i will still thrash anybody using them or not but its just dam annoying when your killed by a rapid fire handgun or shoot at someone who dissapears!
Everybody playing fair hates people who use them and know there crap so why use them?

some ppl get competetive with there freinds and HAVE to be the best and lvl up faster and bettr than there freinds to proove a point

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