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Rapid authoring

How to cut time and costs by at least 30% with the right authoring tool


So what exactly is rapid authoring?

Business team at a laptop: Rapid authoring in eLearning

Rapid authoring refers to the cost-effective and speedy creation of digital learning content without the need for large numbers of staff—not at the expense of quality, but through the use of high-quality software. Basically, it deploys usable software and special features to streamline the production process to such an extent that authors can create eTraining quickly and easily themselves—even if they don’t have any programming skills.


Benefits of rapid authoring at a glance

Speed and flexibility

A rapid authoring tool enables digital training to be delivered in an astonishingly short time without compromising on functionality. This not only saves businesses valuable time, it also increases their ability to respond flexibly to new compliance guidelines or internal training requirements, for example.


The faster and more efficiently content can be created, the more cost-effective the process will be. After all, you don’t need professional programmers or graphic designers to be able to use a suitable rapid authoring tool. In fact, if you use eTraining regularly, the software pays for itself after just a few uses.

In-house provision

Rapid authoring tools are based on the principle that they can be used intuitively and without programming knowledge, while still offering the full range of functionality. This makes it possible to create digital learning content completely in-house.

Reduce stress

Streamlined production processes that require less coordination, and can even promote collaboration, help to reduce stress. They also free up capacity, which you can then direct towards supporting your learners and attending to their needs.


13 rapid authoring features an authoring tool must offer in 2023


In order to save time, professional rapid authoring tools offer internal management of all tasks and review processes, making the it quicker to reach agreement and easier to eliminate sources of error.


This allows you to assign tasks or bring in external service providers without any issues. Ideally you should be able to grant individual permissions to all participants within the system.


Instead of starting from scratch every time you create your e-training, using templates saves you a lot of time and guarantees a consistent look and feel in your corporate design.A template means you don’t have to start from scratch every time you create your eTraining courses; it will save you a lot of time and guarantees consistency with your corporate design.

Template-based working enables you to make adjustments just once, and be confident that all online courses will then be automatically updated. You can make fundamental changes to your design with one single update, whether you have a pool of 30 online courses or 5,000.


The drag and drop function can be used to insert individual features such as media, buttons, and text content. This means you don’t need any programming skills to create high-quality, complex, educational online courses at the drop of a hat.


This is the only way to ensure you can recombine content and use it in as many eTraining courses as you want, without having to create it afresh each time.


Integrated translation management helps to reduce the time and effort you have to invest by providing an overview of the current translation status of each individual element at any given time.


That’s why you need to ensure your authoring tool includes an easy-to-navigate media library that also allows you to store the licensing information for each image.


Learners should automatically receive eTraining in their own language and be able to switch between languages manually as they wish.


For example, you should be able to see at a glance which online courses have used a particular knowledge module, in order to identify which modifications have had an impact.


This is the only way to guarantee total compatibility with all output systems. You should ideally even be able to publish your online courses as an HTML5 package on any URL, thus distributing them outside of the closed learning management system.


The bottom line

A professional rapid authoring tool allows you to kill two birds with one stone: Not only will you be able to deliver content to employees when demand is greatest and time is scarce, you will also be able create it much more cost-effectively than before—without sacrificing quality. However, this all requires high-quality and professional software with clever features that provide you with reliable support for the creation, translation and delivery of online courses.


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eLearning Awards authoring tool Knowledgeworker Create
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Multiple-award-winning rapid authoring tool

Knowledgeworker Create increases production speed!

Several companies already benefit from faster production times thanks to the integrated rapid authoring features in the authoring tool. These create state-of-the-art, interactive, fully responsive content quickly, cost-effectively, and without the need for larger numbers of personnel. 

Magda Lehnert | Blogger
Magda Lehnert

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