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Ever since digital means of information delivery became a thing, eLearning too has become an alternate to classroom training.
Given the need for newer course content, better delivery, faster consumption and attractive new ways of marketing, it has become apparent that supply is far outstretched by elevated demand. Enter Rapid eLearning.
Rapid e-learning in itself is an accelerated means of developing and curating content.
Since its inception in early 90’s, it has become a cost effective way of creating learning modules that can easily be consumed by masses and involves minimum preparation/effort from the SME (subject matter expert).
This meant addressing of the supply gap I spoke of earlier. It also meant creation of bulk course content which invariably would be consumed by masses on the daily.
An example for its usage are in MooCs where content is created rapidly using slides, voice overs and proctoring tools to ensure a quickly created learning experience for the end user.
The time for course curation has hence decreased remarkably and has created the avenue for commodatization of elearning as an industry.
This makes the traditional delivery over a tripod stand seem like stone age. A remarkable change indeed.
Still like any new processes and technology, this too has its drawbacks.
The problem with rapid e-learning development is its innate lack of accountability. Such content fails to address concerns such as skill level of the participant/end user, End goal/training outcome desired by the end user, evaluation and mentoring needed for the participant to glean the imparted knowledge.
There are other learning methods which counter this including classroom learning, Instructor led online training, virtual classrooms etc. If you are interested in learning about them you can check the links below