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Join the the great ‘rapid elearning’ debate


Few topics have divided the elearning community more than rapid elearning. Rapid elearning tools and processes are shaking up established views about what can be achieved at what cost and in what time.

For some, the very concept of rapid elearning is a threat to its reputation for quality content designed and built using painstaking processes. For others, rapid elearning provides a way to respond to a fast-changing work environment and an opportunity to democratise the process of content creation.

These are the controversial issues that will be discussed at the eLearning Network’s next event on 23 May: Rapid eLearning: Dumbing down or gearing up?

eLN chairman Clive Shepherd, who will present on rapid skills for rapid elearning designers at the event, commented: “It's time we sorted out once and for all whether rapid elearning is a question of dumbing down or gearing up. Is it a threat to hard-won standards or a positive force for change? Is the long-established ADDIE model on the way out and, if so, how can we be sure that quality will be safeguarded?”

The eLearning Network is a professional association of users and developers of all forms of elearning and holds a range of seminars and webinars on hot topics in the
elearning industry. Speakers at the rapid elearning event will include Karen Hancox-Barringer from Bowie Castlebank, Patrick Dunn from Networked learning, Steve Rayson from Kineo and Mike Alcock from Atlantic Link.

In addition, delegates will get the chance to join main advocates from each side as they come together head to head in a debate.

Clive Shepherd continued: "You'll hear the arguments and get to vote on the perspective that most convinces you. This is not a time for compromise - there can only be one winner on the day!”

Anyone interested in attending is urged to book early as this stands to be a very popular day. The cost is £100 for eLN members and £150 for non-members. Members are also able to attend for free when using their event credits.

The eLearning Network is a non-profit making body that exists to promote information and best practice among the elearning industry. Anyone interested in joining the network or registering for the event should go to its website:


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