Standardize and reuse
The key to Rapid Learning is in standard templates, reusing components, and developing a common user interface. It’s about never allowing good development go to waste.
Every time you are creating something, think to yourself: where have I done this before? Where could I use this again? How can I make this universal across all our standard courses? Then take note of what’s gone well, and what you could do better.
Learn from your mistakes, and repeat the good things with intelligence.
Rapid Learning: the downside
Of course, rapid development does have its limitations. The benefit of simpler programming or software is that you can get courses out to your learners quickly. It’s particularly useful for developing Bite-Size learning modules. Just don’t risk losing the impact of your course simply to reduce the development time.
Don’t get carried away with the idea that fast development is always best. There are always going to be times where a more complex topic requires expert development. Instructional designers can create more engaging content in these situations. The content has to be delivered well for full participation and adoption.
Be careful not to put too much responsibility on your SMEs for developing courses. Remember they are experts for a reason – they are highly experienced and in demand. If you assume your SME will always be able to create your training, you risk losing their engagement.
Use Rapid Learning where you can, but with the comfort that you are using your resources with care and caution.
Deliver value for money through Rapid Learning
Your LMS business plan was based on value for money benefits of an online training environment and a skilled workforce. Are you realising those benefits, or are your development costs far higher than you had anticipated?
If you implement rapid development techniques, then you can design a broad range of courses that can be easily replicated. And, since the design is standardised, you won’t need to go through the review process each and every time. Focus on the message – and the delivery of the content.
Spend less time making the authoring tools bend to your will. Repeat, and feel the benefits of rapid development!
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