What to do with the Outdated Adobe FLASH e-Learning courses? – A Research

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A lot of our customers ask us “We have several Flash courses that are now unusable. What should we do with them?”. To find the appropriate answer, Learning Carnival conducted a survey among the Learning Practitioners through various modes.

Survey Questions

If you have Flash Courses,

(A) It make financial and futuristic sense to spend money to convert them into some other technology like HTML.

OR

(B) It is better to discard them and invest your budget in fresh development with a new strategy like microlearning, videos.

Please answer A or B.

Survey Methodology

  1. Message to L&D Professionals through eMail
  2. Shared questions in the Linkedin  Groups
  3. Message to L&D Professionals though Linked Message
  4. Shared questions on Linkedin
  5. Shared the questions on Twitter

Survey Participants

The survey respondents included the practitioners from the Learning Industry that including L&D Manager, CLOs, Instructional Designers, Subject Matter Experts and e-Learning vendors. The respondents’ age varied from 20 years to 60 years with various kind of experiences. We believe that the sample have respondents from various walks of life making the survey very reliable and collecting the conscience of the industry.

Survey Results

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Response as percentage of all respondents.

1 (A) It make financial and futuristic sense to spend money to convert them into some other technology like HTML. 5.88%
2 (B) It is better to discard them and invest your budget in fresh development with a new strategy like microlearning, videos. 64.71%
3 Both A & B 29.41%

Respondent Comments

  1. “An important one is whether or not the content is still 100% relevant. Another is whether the learning approach has been working or if stories and practices need to be updated. If it is a perfect learning experience that one would hope to continue to use for influencing an audience, and you need to shed the limitations of Flash, then conversion is all that is needed.” – Lisa Goldstein, Learning Delivery & Innovation Leader at Nielsen

To read more respondent comments please download the 7 Pages Research PDF file using the form given below.

Discussions and Insights

On basis of the above data and comments, discussions with the industry experts and our inhouse insights, here are our conclusions that can help you in making decision about your legacy Flash Content:

  1. Flash Courses has Outdated Content: A majority of L&D practitioners prefer to invest in the new content development. The courses developed in the Flash are quite old and the content they have is also old and sometimes outdated. During these years their organizations have grown and the strategies, products, processes and practices have changed. So, a large part of content is not effective.

To read more Discussions and Insights please download the 7 Pages Research PDF file using the form given below.

Our Analysis….

Learning Carnival would suggest that the conversion of Flash Courses to HTML without a re-work shall not be a prudent decision. We have following opinion for our readers:

  1. You will have to spend significant amount of budget to convert the Flash Courses into HTML. After conversion, you have to put time & effort in publishing, assigning and promoting these courses. You must weigh the Total Cost of Ownership in both cases before jumping to any conclusion.

To read more Analysis please download the 7 Pages Research PDF file using the form given below.

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