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What is rapid e-learning?

Traditional methods of creating e-learning can be too time-consuming for today’s busy employees. Through the process of rapid e-learning development, you’ll be more likely to keep up with your learners’ needs on the job.

Alexandra Hemmer
Rapid e-learning development

What is rapid e-learning?

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s no longer enough just to make corporate learning available. It needs to be produced quickly in order to keep up with employees’ learning needs on the job. That’s where rapid e-learning can make difference.

As its name implies, rapid e-learning is the process of developing e-learning content quickly. But speedy production doesn’t have to come at the expense of quality. In fact, rapidly produced e-learning should still be engaging to retain the attention span of busy employees. There are several best practices for facilitating rapid development, like using an authoring tool with zero learning curve and having subject matter experts create learning content themselves, to name a few.

We’ll take a closer look at these best practices later on. First, let’s explore the benefits of rapid e-learning development.

What are the benefits of rapid e-learning development?

Rapid e-learning development leads to many benefits. Here are the key advantages:

  • Accelerate the production of learning content

    Handing content off to instructional designers can be too time-consuming if your goal is to meet employees’ learning needs in time. Rapid development enables SMEs to create content themselves, reducing (or even eliminating) dependency on an instructional designer. At the same time, rapid e-learning development tools tend to be more user-friendly than authoring tools built for instructional designers, making it easier for anyone to create engaging content with minimal training.

  • Meet your learners needs more accurately

    Creating e-learning at a faster pace also means you’ll make your content available sooner, allowing knowledge to reach learners faster. This increases the chances that your e-learning content will benefit learners in their exact moment of learning need.

  • Deliver more value for money

    While creating e-learning can cost a lot, rapid development can also lead to more value for your money. Having SMEs in charge of content creation saves you both time and money that would have been otherwise spent on an instructional designer (who would have likely needed to validate their content with SMEs). And with the right authoring tool, you can easily update your content over time without having to create an entire course on the same subject from scratch, saving you major maintenance costs down the line.

Choose the right authoring tool

Our experts created the ultimate guide to help you select an authoring tool that fits your organization’s needs.

Rapid e-learning authoring tool features

To successfully facilitate rapid e-learning development, you’ll need an authoring tool that’s easy to use and comes with the necessary features for creating engaging content quickly. Here are some of the best rapid e-learning development tool features to look out for:

  • Seamless interface

    To enable SMEs to create content, avoid complex authoring tools that require special training to use. A user-friendly interface will allow anyone to create engaging content, enabling them to shift their focus from learning the tool to sharing their expertise.

  • Assessment features

    In addition to sharing knowledge, you’ll also need to measure your learners’ progress. Authoring tools that provide various assessment features like quizzes or short exercises make it easier to meet that need. Not only can it uncover insights into how much your learners have retained, but it can also measure how effective your content is and whether you should make any changes.

  • Multimedia outlets

    Multimedia elements make for a more engaging learning experience. Look for authoring tools that make it easy for you to include a wide range of media, from images to graphics to videos, whether by linking to them, uploading them, or embedding them.

  • Varied publishing options

    When it comes to sharing your content, making sure it’s easily accessible across devices is key to upholding the fast pace of rapid e-learning development. Look for the option to publish your content in various ways, whether it’s by generating a private link or an embed code. It’s also key to be able to export your content in an LMS-friendly format like SCORM or xAPI, allowing you to easily transfer your content across digital learning platforms.

Easygenerator: A rapid e-learning development authoring tool for you

Easygenerator comes with all the features above and more, making it an ideal tool for creating engaging e-learning content quickly. In addition to providing a user-friendly experience, our authoring tool is also ideal for facilitating an approach known as Employee Generated Learning (EGL), where learning content is created by employees for employees.

With a seamless interface, any SME in your organization can start sharing their expertise with colleagues in the form of engaging e-learning. And if you’re new to e-learning, we provide a range of support services to help you get started, from live in-app support to personalized onboarding sessions.

We recommend the EGL approach for the same reasons rapid development benefits your corporate learning strategy. When employees create learning content themselves, you won’t have to hand the creation process off to a central L&D team, who would likely need to validate their content with SMEs anyway. At the same time, your L&D team can benefit from their newfound free time to focus on other important projects that can’t be handed off to the organization.

An authoring tool with zero learning curve, combined with a scalable approach like EGL, sets your organization up for successful rapid e-learning development.

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About the author

Alexandra Hemmer is a copywriter at Easygenerator. Originally from Singapore, she spent her higher education years in the U.S. where she kickstarted a career in content marketing and journalism. She currently resides in the Netherlands, embracing her Dutch-Indonesian roots.