Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v59 n3 p135-145 2011. 11 pp.
Continuing Education, Extension Education, Curriculum Development, Instructional Design, Methods, Case Studies, and California
Continuing educators need additional strategies for developing new programming that can both reduce the time to market and lower the cost of development. Rapid prototyping, a time-compression technique adapted from the high technology industry, represents one such strategy that merits renewed evaluation. Although in higher education rapid prototyping has been used primarily to design interactive distance learning systems, the University of California Santa Cruz Extension successfully employed this approach to produce an entire, new curriculum at an unprecedented pace. The caliber of and response to the new content, design, and delivery exceeded expectations on a variety of measures. This experience indicates that rapid prototyping can be leveraged to not only produce academic product on short time frames but also to meet institutional quality standards while fulfilling marketplace needs for innovative new educational content. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)