This blog entry is by Mark Schwartz, EVP Sales.
Thanks to the introduction of simple, yet powerful, rapid e-learning authoring tools like Articulate Studio ’09, organizations are now empowered to create professional looking online courses.
But what do you do when you don’t have subject matter experts (SMEs) or expertise in a topic that you need to deliver? Companies have traditionally turned to “off-the-shelf” content. This approach works when the information provided or branding meets your needs. That probably doesn’t happen too often. Then you need to consider custom course development that leverages existing subject matter expertise. That can often prove to be expensive and time-consuming.
What if you could have the best of all worlds? Expert content, created by top SMEs in their field, in a format that can be easily customized by your organization. Well, now you can, thanks to Rapid Course™.
Created and developed by Articulate strategic training partner, Yukon Learning (Yukon), Rapid Course delivers an online library of popular course titles, with expert content provided by SMEs and delivered in source Articulate Studio ’09 format so you can modify and brand the course to your exacting needs.
With Rapid Course, you can “Buy the Course and Get the Source,” says Yukon President and CEO, Chris Ayers. He adds, “What really makes Rapid Course unique is that when a course is purchased, the download not only includes the polished and published course files, but also the Articulate Presenter ’09, Quizmaker ’09, and Engage ’09 source files. Now customers can customize the courses to their unique needs. We even provide the contact information for the course narrator, should audio edits or additions need to be made.”
Unlike traditional off-the-shelf courses, Rapid Course titles can be used by an unlimited number of learners within an organization for an unlimited amount of time. Say goodbye to per-seat licensing and annual fees with Rapid Course.
Currently, more than 25 titles are available, encompassing topics such as Sales, Communications, Negotiation Skills, Personal Development, Management, Teamwork, and Coaching. Within the next year, Yukon intends to introduce at least 100 new courses, including content in popular areas like Project Management, Safety, Finance, Compliance, and Managed Care.
Brooke Schepker, Senior VP of Yukon adds, “The launch of Articulate’s Storyline product will also trigger some exciting new developments for Rapid Course. Developers will be able to choose the Storyline format for their course files, and we will offer a new series of scenario-based learning courses built using the power of Storyline.”
Tom Kuhlmann, VP of Community for Articulate and author of the Rapid E-Learning Blog enthusiastically endorses Rapid Course: “I believe Yukon Learning’s introduction of Rapid Course — built on popular and proven Articulate authoring tools – is yet another milestone in the evolution of rapid e-learning – providing customers a high value, customized, expert solution.”
For more information on Rapid Course, please visit http://www.rapidcourse.com/.
Rapid Course is a trademark of Yukon Group, Inc.