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It’s about ‘professionalising’ informal learning
It’s about effectiveness and being ‘fit for purpose’
It’s about using what is out there – Rapid E-learning meets Web 2.0
Knowledge Sharing/ Discussing Ideas Experts online Sharing ideas through Blogs Interactive Presentations – when you need user control/visuals Podcasts & Vodcasts – easy to access, easy to learn Building ideas through Wikis Learning 2.0 components
It’s about avoiding the traditional problems of e-learning “Avoid the Generic i.e. not specific enough and Glacial syndrome i.e. it takes too long to arrive”
Why is writing for rapid e-learning different? Very restricted word count per screen Restricted word count per screen display Limited scope to layer information and build it progressively Facility to create multiple layers of information through progressive builds and revealing panels of text and images Limited range of simple presentation options Large range of presentation formats available from templated interactions
G oal-oriented : Be clear that the learning will enable them to achieve a specific goal or objective
R elevancy-oriented : To engage, be relevant. The task at hand is the most important
P ractical : Focused on what is most useful to them in their work
Use stories : Stories are excellent for taking others’ experience and packaging it to root itself in the memory more deeply than facts and procedures.
£6k or less*/hr Needs to be at least 10k/hr Budget Team of one or two Project manager, instructional designer, writers, SME, graphics, developer, tester… Team size High Low Opportunities for re-use Generally short to medium, often ‘disposable’ Long (expected at least 2 yrs) Shelf-life Very low High Use of external developers High Low Use of authoring tools Often the author with support Primarily contributor/reviewer SME involvement In-house Commissioned Development process One to four weeks Three to four months Timeline for development Rapid E-learning Traditional E-learning Development Factor
Aim must be to accelerate through the phases whenever possible
Do this and it will be quicker (and less expensive) But… manage stakeholder expectations!
The new ‘blend’ for the 21 st Century? Learning 2.0 and Rapid E-learning
Knowledge Sharing/ Discussing Ideas Experts online Sharing ideas through Blogs Interactive Presentations – when you need user control/visuals Podcasts & Vodcasts – easy to access, easy to learn Building ideas through Wikis The New Blend? E-learning built ‘rapidly’ Workshops Coaching