Sunday, May 6, 2007

Rapid eLearning & the instructional designer

With the increasing use of rapid eLearning tools - what does this mean for the traditional eLearning developer. The tool is designed to allow the subject matter expert to build professional content without developer or instructional design skills? Have those skills been eliminated?

Will the tool perform ISD, or ADDIE ? Perhaps it can help facilitate this process, but there is a human component required. SMEs are not being trained in ID before using a rapid eLearning tool. So what's happening?

It would appear that the process is becoming more agile, at the expense of the ID and developers. Is this the price of progress? I'm not convinced; I think what that moves toward is lower-quality content. Without the proven methodology in place the quality of the material must decrease.

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