Rapid e-learning, as an informal educational tool for advanced students
This article deals with the possibility of introducing rapid e-learning software, usually used by teachers and content producers, into a hybrid learning paradigm and informal educational tool.
The advantage of using this kind of software in virtual classrooms represents the birth of two different but correlated free resources markets among the classic Virtual Learning Environment (VLE): one with simple resources, useful to be combined among them in order to create more complex digital contents, and another one made up of several complex resources coming from previous internal resources markets or, alternatively, directly from the Web.
The access to these internal markets could promote new modalities of e-Learning among students and increase the consciousness of media education in their approach to contents.
Rapid e-learning is able to answer the need of creating synchronized digital contents and blending different kinds of materials into one format compatible with common VLEs. Therefore, if used as Web 2.0-like tools, rapid e-learning software can grant the e-learner autonomy to produce self-made contents and the possibility to use a tool which helps e-learners to re-interpret and share more complex resources implying a higher level of understanding and re-building. To do this it is necessary to partially modify Salmon’s model, in such a way that the e-learning path is compatible with an informal approach based on the use of rapid e-learning tools, provided that students will discuss the results of their self-production within classical VLE.