When starting an eLearning module, it is helpful to get your ideas out of your head and onto something you can show others. Don’t worry, this doesn’t take a saw or hammer…it takes a pen and paper, PowerPoint, or Photoshop. Rapid eLearning development starts conveniently at the beginning of the process, when you are planning and determining what is going to make your learning module memorable and engaging. Perhaps you want a simulation or maybe an info graphic. The key is to quickly turn a perhaps and a maybe into something visual that you can look at and that you can show others.
Use what you feel comfortable with. Sometimes we draw out our ideas on paper or use Photoshop to detail the idea. Photoshop and PowerPoint are used often to layout the elements on screen quickly and position images to tell the story or explain the simulation.
Draw a rectangle and start filling it in. The mind is a wonderful thing but it can make you think you have a more polished idea than you do. Drawing it up will help you realize the gaps. Try a few iterations. Remember the word rapid. Set time limits and if you get stuck, try looking back at your old mockups and ideas or search the internet for examples.
Before you know it, you will have checked off a key part of the development process and developed an initial framework for your content.