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TIME—a major concern for most eLearning professionals who are developing courses. There are a variety of engaging mechanics like quizzes, badges, leaderboards and interactive activities in eLearning courses that you may want to add to your course. But, time becomes a constraint.

So, what do you do to offer your learners the right incentives without going over budget and still ensuring on-time delivery of your course?

The answer to this is rapid authoring tools! Today, rapid authoring tools have grabbed the attention of learning professionals as these tools help them with designing interactive and immersive eLearning content.

What are rapid authoring tools?

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These are nothing but design platforms that are either web-based or hosted locally. These tools allow you to design meaningful designs that include engaging content and multimedia, thus providing an effective eLearning experience to your learners.

Here are seven benefits of using rapid authoring tools:

  1. Easier repurposing and editing of existing eLearning content

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The online world is a slave of constant change in content. In corporate organizations, eLearning courses need regular updates to meet the everchanging demands and needs of the learners as per the growth chart of the organization. For any change in business requirements, learners need to be updated about these revisions. Rapid authoring tools come to the rescue of course designers and developers when it comes to implementing these unplanned changes and amendments in the courses. This way, the learning journey is made seamless with these tools. These help eLearning professionals to develop courses for corporate companies that aim at delivering targeted knowledge to their learners to help them achieve their goals.

  1. Accessible and available for all
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Undoubtedly, this is one of the best advantages of rapid authoring tools. One does not need to rely on anything to access these tools. Once installed on your desktop or through the Web, these tools can be used by anyone at any point in time to create engaging and alluring eLearning content. Irrespective of whether you are thorough with designing or don’t have any experience, these tools are your saviours! They hold the power with which you can create unique courses, multimedia presentations, and interactive learning materials on any subject/topic for your learners. These rapid authoring tools have easy-to-use features that can help you get your job done in no time. If you know what features you will need to create highly immersive eLearning material, picking the right rapid authoring tool will not be a tedious task anymore.

  1. Swift packaging and deployment of eLearning content
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Not only is creating eLearning material a time-consuming task, deployment of these courses to every individual becomes a hectic job too. However, rapid authoring tools ensure that after creating or making amendments to the courses, you can easily deliver and deploy these to every learner in your audience. It gives you control over deploying courses to the masses effortlessly, across platforms such as eLearning websites with the help of a Learning Management System and devices such as mobiles, tablets, and PCs.

  1. Reduces eLearning development time
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One of the most significant benefits of rapid authoring tools is speeding up the development process thereby saving both, time and cost. You will agree that most of the time is consumed in developing layouts. The templates, themes, and predefined interactions in rapid authoring tools brings down the development time as these can be easily integrated into courses. This is of great benefit for building comprehensive courses for learners in corporate organizations.

  1. Cuts down eLearning development costs
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As we all know, time is money and saving time saves cost. Apart from this, rapid authoring tools eliminate the need of additional software and media. LMS platforms that have rapid authoring tools integrated within, helps you with its built-in assets. If you think this is it to cut down your costs, read on.

Rapid authoring tools allow you to create eLearning courses that are short and easy to digest for the learners. Hence, the seat time of learners is reduced and they can dedicate more time to their work. This improves their productivity and efficiency at work.

  1. No development from scratch. Update and upscale with ease.
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You may have to think twice before you plan to redesign your entire eLearning material and develop multimedia activities without using rapid authoring tools. For growing organizations, these tools are useful in updating your existing compliance training courses wherein you can just add the most current information instead of developing a new compliance course from scratch.

  1. Publishes to a wide range of eLearning platforms
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Like the needs of learners have changed with time, so have the platforms to access information. Now, learners want to access their courses and information anywhere, anytime and rapid authoring tools have made this possible. Courses that are HTML5 based can be easily published across diverse platforms ranging from mobile devices and tablets to computers and laptops. What works in favour of rapid authoring tools is that they are updated based on the latest technology and hence, are easy to keep up with the latest eLearning technology trends. This way your courses are never outdated, neither in terms of content/information nor in terms of the technology required to publish your courses across the latest platforms.

While rapid authoring tools are a great solution for eLearning professionals, choosing the right one as per the functionality and features you need is a crucial decision to make. So, before you fall for these benefits, ensure that you research well about eLearning platforms to have an in-depth understanding of which of these solutions will be a good fit for your learning and development needs.

To know how you can make the right choice or which tool is the key solution to your learning requirements, connect with us today!


Mobile Learning is the fastest-evolving learning technology in the global learning tech industry today!


Corporate learning has now become one of the main business elements in organizations that want to focus on employee training. Over the years, corporate training has come far from classroom training. However, there still are a few aspects that need to be focused on to make it a universally adoptable and financially viable across geographies.
In recent times, the eLearning industry has undergone rapid improvements owing to the changes in the organizations to match to the needs and expectations of the learners. Today’s learners have moved beyond just a passive learning experience. Learning needs to happen in a way that engages them and provides them easy access to information on the fly. Learners don’t just want to learn. They want to experience learning.
While we speak of how there has been a paradigm shift in learning, let’s look at the changes 2017 has brought in the world of corporate eLearning.

Here are a few ongoing trends in corporate learning that have caught the attention of eLearning industry experts this year:

1. Microlearning

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For those of you who are wondering—what is Microlearning, it is a short, focused learning chunk of information on topics that is designed to fulfill a specific learning objective. These modules are typically 3-5 minutes long. They could be shorter too, depending on your training objective.
So, if we say that modules of about 10-15 minutes in length have a completion rate of 97% approximately, what would you extract from this fact? It is important to offer learning to millennials who have arguably shorter attention spans, especially as their counts go up in organizations. Well, with research facts like these, it is quite clear why microlearning is now becoming a buzzword in the industry.

2. App-based learning

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Mobile-based learning is now being widely used to deliver training to learners. Recent statistics on usage of mobile apps also reveal that app-based learning has gained popularity in most organizations as it enables employers to easily connect with their employees/learners to provide on-demand online training.

Some of the proven benefits of app-based learning include effective implementation of microlearning, simulation and game-based learning, extensive control on tracking and learning management and, off-line performance support applications anywhere and anytime. Hence, with a shrinking attention span of millennials, and a growing workforce (particularly millennials) in organizations, app-based learning is a trend to look forward to for on-the-go training in corporate organizations.

3. Mobile Learning

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It goes without saying that we want everything “on the go”. With an increasing number of mobile users across the globe, delivering their training to them on their devices, in addition to tablets and computers, is a continuous rising need.
Making your training available on mobile phones makes it accessible to about 70% of learners! That’s a huge number, and we only see that going up. That’s one of the reasons why mobile learning will continue to grab the attention of learners in 2017. With more content going online, learners can access information across different devices based on their location or needs.

4. Video Learning

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2017 is also the time to incorporate video learning in your training courses! If it still does not convince you, think about the popularity YouTube has gained in recent years. The fact that our human brain processes videos about 60,000 times faster than text, there’s no doubt why we frequently reach out to training channels on YouTube to fill a knowledge gap!
A recent study revealed that courses with videos have a 51% completion rate while those without videos have as low as 36%! So, want to make your courses more engaging and interactive for your learners? Integrate video learning!

5. Social Learning

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Social learning is not a newly introduced concept in learning, but it is certainly on the rise. This is because in most organizations, social learning or informal learning takes place through eLearning. This occurs based on the fact that not all individuals are solitary learners, and this is where informal learning or social learning comes into play. Collaborating and connecting with others who are taking the course benefits them while they interact.

Training companies have taken to integrating blogs, LinkedIn courses, and social media pages into their current training programs to ensure learners benefit more from these courses. Social learning may also include social polling where learners are encouraged to give their opinions and rate something such as a video, and later reveal what everybody else thinks about the video. This way, learners also explore the grey spaces that remained untouched by eLearning in the past instead of just focusing on the black and white spaces.

The 70:20:10 model talks about 70 being on-the job training, 20 being learning from peers and 10 being formal learning. This 20peer learning is actually in part largely from social learning whether they are within the organization or outside. Now this may be done via social learning on corporate social and collaboration tools or externally on social media networks like LinkedIn, even Facebook. Hence, social learning is a trend to watch and adopt in today’s corporate learning courses.

6. Gamification

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So why is gamification here to stay in the list of trends for 2017? Well, that’s because its primary benefit is motivation. Offering incentives, certificates or badges upon completion of courses, encourages learners to complete their courses in a competitive manner. In addition to this, point systems, leader boards, and timed challenges/quizzes are a few ways gamification can play an important role in your training strategy.
Although Gartner had predicted that by 2015, 40% of the world’s 1000 biggest companies would implement gamification in their training modules, gamification has still not gained that level of popularity or preference. Thus, 2017 could be the year to fetch some real traction towards gamification!

7. Adaptive Learning

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Since the advent of the eLearning industry, there has been a constant growth in terms of its efficiency and effectiveness over the years. However, what was developed back in the late 20th century as static eLearning is now a concept that is outdated, and hardly has any impact on its audience. As the term suggests, adaptive learning is about customizing learning to the needs of the learners.
Adaptive learning programs are so much more than static learning. These programs focus on learner requirements and their current understanding of the matter. This helps them progress at a faster pace in the subjects that they are familiar with. Thus, adaptive learning has been of great importance for mobilizing eLearning to its full potential as it pays attention to the points of interest of learners through a more personalized training.
While developing a course, it is understood that no two learners are the same and hence, with adaptive learning, learners can learn at their own pace. It accelerates the learning along with reducing the cost of content delivery. This has made vendors optimize their resources to deliver maximum value to their clients.

Adaptive learning works both ways in corporate training. Low and average performers can utilize it to improve their performance with time, while high performers can quickly sharpen their skills with it.

8. Augmented Reality

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Augmented realty is yet to be implemented on a large scale. Hence, it remains to be seen how widespread augmented reality will be used in the eLearning industry. However, industries with high-risk occupations will be seen utilizing augmented reality to its best potential in the coming time. These could be surgeons who can use technologies like Google Glass and Oculus Rift to polish their skills, without risking the lives of their patients.
Virtual reality has the potential to change the overall landscape of the eLearning industry via the immersive experience it provides to the learners. Complex subjects can be recreated in a life-like environment to explain it in an elaborate manner. Consider an example where a real-life case study based on leadership is created in VR and you can play a role from one of the various characters available. This will help you learn leadership lessons. Such VR case studies do not require physical presence of the learners and hence, can be accessed from any part of the globe. With minimal requirements of a fast internet connection, a computer or mobile device, and a compatible 3D headset for VR, these can help learners with advance eLearning solutions. Undoubtedly, this technique can prove to be the most powerful of them all if it is implemented effectively in the time to come. A strong component of your learning and development strategies in the very near future!

Conclusion
Innovations and experiments in the industry are responsible for the trends that emerge over time. With new methods coming up through advancement in technologies and consistent efforts towards making learning easy, engaging, and accessible to learners, these trends will gain popularity based on their efficacy. As an industry professional, you must pay attention to newer techniques being implemented and development in training on a regular basis. Thoughtfully drafted strategies can then be laid out based on these for business growth. You can follow the above mentioned trends in 2017 to keep up with the industry and plan your strategy to suit your business requirements.


Learning and the mode of consumption and accessing information is undergoing a paradigm shift. The learners are no more the passive entity in the process, owing to the ability to pull information from the corners of the web. Hence, qualifying eLearning as a push technique or a pull technique is debatable, and as far as the learner is concerned, completely conditional.


“We need to bring learning to people instead of people to learning.” Elliot Masie, Masie Center


Say you have a company with a workforce of 100 employees divided into five units of 20 employees each. Your industry takes a turn for the good as a new technology is launched requiring you to adopt it. This means having to develop an employee training program to train all your employees from all units individually based on their functional role. The default mode would be to hold a classroom program to train all the teams based on a time table and you manage to finish the employee training program within 45 days.


Post launch of a new product or concept, begins the vicious cycle of customer acquisition followed by a tutorial to get the customer familiar with the product. This is a major challenge for every organization, failing which, the consequences could be dire leading towards inefficient usage, poor user experience, frustrated consumers, and falling adoption rate, among others. A study by a professor from MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts showed that among the 9,000 new products that achieved broad national level distribution, about 60% were discontinued within three years and a few suffered negative perception of utility. This is an indicator that uneven usage is among the major reasons for their failure. This issue is a matter of concern for enterprises and start-ups alike in terms of when a new technology with lack of precedent is launched. It would be a tragedy if the product fails to generate critical mass, not because the product lacked the necessary features but because the features and their correct usage was not conveyed to the end user.


“Accessible design is good design – it benefits people who don’t have disabilities as well as people who do. Accessibility is all about removing barriers and providing the benefits of technology to everyone.” – Steve Ballmer


Learning objectives and learning activities are two crucial pieces of ammunition in the eLearning provider’s arsenal. They have a role in making lessons engaging and fruitful. Here, we explore the binary relationship of learning objectives vs learning activities by discussing the difference and understanding the importance of both.


Mobile learning is about disseminating information and learning through a mobile device. However, under no circumstances is mobile learning a compressed version of your eLearning module on a mobile device. Here are 7 dos and don’ts of mobile learning you need to keep in mind.

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