Rapid eLearning

Rapid e-learning is a term that has emerged from the concept of rapid development as applied to the software development industry. The key is to acquire the ability to develop and deploy high quality interactive multimedia e-learning courses, which are generally short to medium length learning units in a minimum amount of time (Brandon 2005). Rapid e-learning is an emergent methodology that has recently gained momentum as more and more user-friendly authoring tools are being developed. 

In 2008, in parallel to the SIDECAP project, the VCILT embarked on a Research and Development project aiming at creating video lectures through the integration of two simple technologies namely Microsoft PowerPoint and Text-to-Speech. The project gradually evolved by 2010 into the rapid e-learning methodology which allowed for the development of interactive learning materials in reduced time period and with minimal technical computing skills.  Furthermore, a training and development methodology has been put in place by the research team to disseminate the technique in an extensive 2-day workshop to educators and education practitioners. The rapid e-learning project emerged as a research and development project that led to the development of a service with respect to the development of interactive learning materials. 

In 2010 the VCILT secured a consultancy to digitize 6 courses for the Hamdan-bin-Mohamed e-University of Dubai and in 2011, the technique was applied in a project funded by the Commonwealth of Learning to develop interactive materials in the local language for its Lifelong Learning for Farmers and its Women Empowerment programme in Mauritius. In 2012, the technique was disseminated in India and at the Makerere University in Uganda for the Commonwealth of Learning and in two international professional development workshops in South Africa and in Mauritius for African educators and academics. 

The rapid e-learning methodology was integrated within the work that was carried out in the SIDECAP project, as the methodology was specifically adapted to fit in the value-addition process of the proposed lifecycle for OER development and reuse. This resulted in a set of video lectures that were developed and hosted on an open channel on YouTube. The rapid e-learning methodology is currently being further developed to apply for mobile and portable devices to support mainly the Windows 8, Android and IOS platforms.

Related Publications :
  • Learning Design Implementation for distance e-Learning: Blending Rapid e-Learning Techniques with Activity-based Pedagogies to design and implement a socio-constructivist environment. European Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning. [online]http://www.eurodl.org/?article=521
  • Rughooputh, S. & Santally, M. (2009). Instructional integration of text-to-speech software in pedagogically sound teaching and learning scenarios. Educational Technology Research and Development. Volume 57 Issue (1), page 131-135