The term "Rapid eLearning" can refer to the two sides of the training and course development process. On the one hand, rapid eLearning tools provide the instructor with easy-to-use ways for the rapid creation of course content. It also refers to the use of small "bite-sized" courses or tutorials, geared around soft skills or very specific tasks (like software training).
The simplest and most ubiquitous (and maybe notorious) example of a rapid learning tool is Powerpoint. Some people may feel that putting a Powerpoint file online is eLearning. Others (including many students) feel the richness of face to face interaction is not encapsulated in an online Powerpoint slide presentation. Now we haved moved beyond Powerpoint. New rapid eLearning tools can be a powerful and engaging way to deliver training. These tools use rich media technology like live video chat, streaming video, forums or even game design to offer users imteractive, collaborative activities and hands-on challenges.