Ed Mayberry has written a Learning Circuits primer on preparing for and executing your rapid e-learning project.
Online Learning for Tough Times / Keys to Rapid Development: “Organizations face tight budgets, downsizing, and outsourcing. In response, online learning product developers must be able to improve their effectiveness by leveraging rapid development concepts. Here’s an overview of rapid development, and how you can optimize rapid prototyping for online learning.”
He adds: “Now it’s time to build your prototype. Allow your team a maximum of two days, using content documents, to develop a rapid prototype of the finished product. Develop the prototype with a user-friendly shareable tool, such as Microsoft PowerPoint. Keep this version simple and straightforward, saving all the bells and whistles (and most of the creative effort) for the final product.”
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