Rapid e-learning: What It is and How It Can Save You Time and Money

Rapid e-learning allows a business to create an e-learning experience for their employees without the usual massive costs involved. An ‘e-learning from a ground up’ perspective can become costly, as hiring programmers and artists can quickly rack up costs, on top of hiring experts to actually write the material for the learning experience. However, with rapid e-learning software, what once could take massive amount of time can be reduced drastically using templates, artwork and programs through whichever platform you use. Rapid e-learning allows you to create quick e-learning experiences without the effort of acquiring unique artwork and programming.

What are some of the advantages of doing rapid e-learning? As mentioned, rapid e-learning reduces both the cost of creating learning experiences for employees and the time needed for it, as doing the outsourcing of certain tasks can take time and the actual production of the things needed will too. It also allows for a greater flexibility and sensitivity to what is needed to be done, as the courses can be easily edited and changed based on new updates or information. Its reduced creation time also allows it to be used for a varied amount of projects and purposes, instead of being such a massive investment of both time and money into a singular project.

Here are 3 good platforms for rapid e-learning – check them out.

Snap! by Lectora offers a good inexpensive entry level e-learning program, which also has a 30 day free trial. Offering an easy to use interface, with an easy to use installation and wizard, that allows for creating interactive rapid e-learning experiences in a small amount of time. You can also use flash animations and YouTube videos that play directly on your slides as well, and seven different kinds of surveys and quizzes to offer. A good solution for rapid e-learning for a reasonable price, that offers intuitive and simple creation.

Brainshark Rapid Learning is geared towards more of a curriculum-based learning, as one of its functions is the ability to take existing e-learning courses and presentations and to turn them into courses, which then can be combined and further turned into curriculums, complete with prerequisites and particular learning paths. Managing students, whether registration is open or by invitation only, certification that can be printed after courses are complete, and course catalogs for students to choose from, Brainshark Rapid Learning offers a more holistic learning experience.

Articulate e-learning also offers similar things to the other e-learning programs we’ve discussed, but what makes it particularly interesting is that it offers an e-Learning community portal to discuss e-Learning with other people, share ideas and examples on things to do. Articulate offers two different programs, Studio 13 Pro (or the Standard version) and Storyline, both of which have overlapping features with some divergences in their features. Studio 13 Pro offers a more Power Point presentation based course, for those who want to quickly turn existing PPTs into an eLearning experience. Storyline is for those who wish to create a more interactive experience for your students without any of the programming that usually comes along with it.

What your company needs out of rapid e-learning will determine which of these e-learning solutions work best, but all have their competitive aspects to them. Whether you value interactivity over cost, or prefer the ease of creating entire curriculums that span all your courses, rapid e-learning programs will help streamline any particular learning experiences that your employees might need, without the cost of hiring a bunch of experts in programming and art. Quick and easy to use, yet powerful enough to provide the depth you need, rapid e-learning could be the solution to your training needs.

Jason Silberman
Jason is the former Lead Author & Editor of TrainingStation Blog
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