A few weeks ago there was a discussion over at Tony Karrer’s great eLearning Technology blog regarding a new “debate” surrounding “Rapid eLearning Tools”. A panel discussion on the topic, at the recently held eLearning Guild conference, seemed to spark some question as to whom these tools were intended for - subject matter experts, instructional designers, or other.
Additionally, much of the discussion seemed to focus on the definition of what a “rapid eLearning tool” was, let alone whom the intended user should be. My take was that ultimately, the content author needs to determine the best way to convey their message to their audience. It may require a a sophisticated simulation or simply a PPT w/ audio. It all comes down to using the right tool for the job. There are a variety of ways to create and distribute training and presentation materials over the web, but understanding your audience’s needs should help to decide on the right tool.
The term “Rapid eLearning” seems to have crystallized into a “category” that the likes of Forrester deems worthy of coverage. That’s good news for tools like iPresent Presio. However, I don’t think Presio would fit into this “category”. Presio is certainly about “rapid”, but it is much more of a “rapid communications” tool as opposed to an eLearning tool.
It’s nice to interact with others on these types of issues. Doing so helps to better your understanding of your own product and where it fits (or doesn’t fit) into a given market.