Collaborative e-Learning Software Helps Improve Student Test Scores
01/21/2010

Columbus, OH students in Downtown High School create multimedia computer-based training courses to improve performance on standardized exam.

Online PR News – 21-January-2010 – – Provo, UT – What is the best way to learn something? According to a recent collaboration between Rapid Intake and Ohio State University, the answer is “Build an e-learning module that teaches someone else.” Rapid Intake (http://www.rapidintake.com), a rapid e-learning software company announced that a partnership with Downtown High School in Columbus has helped students improve test scores and increase retention.

Rapid Intake donated an unlimited license of its rapid e-learning software to Downtown High School for creating Flash-based lessons distributed on the Internet to train students on essential Web technologies. This interactive training helped inner-city students become proficient Web users and enabled them to increase test scores 40-60% over last year.

"Our students were struggling to pass the required exam on basic Web technology. After we began using Rapid Intake, we saw a dramatic increase in retention and test scores." said Brad Henry, an instructional designer from Ohio State University. "Having students create lessons for themselves and their peers using Rapid Intake has proven to be a highly effective method for us."

Using Rapid Intake’s e-learning software for computer-based training, students collaboratively created interactive Flash-based online courses for themselves and their peers. Students then used the engaging lessons to prepare for a standardized, computer-based exam.

This approach appears to have yielded three significant benefits. First, students mastered content because they were required to build e-learning courses that would teach other students. Second, students building the courses learned how to use state-of-the-art e-learning course authoring software. Third, student test scores improved significantly.
“We’re impressed with OSU’s creative use of our rapid interactive e-learning software,” says Garin Hess, Rapid Intake CEO. “There is so much you can do with the flexibility in our software and licensing models. It’s great to see it used for such a good purpose with such excellent results.”
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About Rapid Intake:
Rapid Intake is the leader in rapid eLearning development and review. Creating online and computer-based lessons saves schools vital dollars, and broadens access to learning for both traditional and adult students. The powerful, flexible Rapid Intake toolset helps instructional designers and instructors collaboratively create Flash-based interactive courses, quizzes, games, and simulations built on proven learning patterns. Rapid Intake’s unmatched 'UNLIMITED Program' backs its award-winning software with innovative licensing and its best-in-class customer support. Hundreds of companies and schools rely on Rapid Intake’s top-ranked technology and support to create more interactive and effective courses in less time. To learn more go to http://www.rapidintake.com.

About Downtown High School
In January 2009, the Columbus Downtown High School & Career Center opened its doors on Fourth Street. Designed to house up to 800 students, the state-of-the-art facility has a three-story library and resources that make it the destination for students interested in business and technology or vocational programs.
The school offers areas of specialization in fields like business, engineering, information technology and culinary arts. There’s even a cosmetology program. The unique Downtown location allows students convenient access to colleges and universities as well as internships and job placement with major central Ohio corporations.

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