FLASH – A LEGACY AUTHORING TOOL
Historically most e-learning content has been developed using Adobe Flash. It's an established and widely used technology, but unfortunately, it's not compatible with many mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. With mobile devices increasingly becoming necessary business device, Flash-based educational tools carry the risk of becoming obsolete.
If you're looking at Flash strictly as a means of publishing content, then it is limited, but the ability to create various content makes it quite versatile.
Flash has become a crutch for a lot of designers, but the need to start designing for a new era using different paradigms is critical. There will be many Flash legacy development projects that will need support for years to come, but all future e-learning content initiatives should be developed with mobile in mind using HTML5.
In today's world, content needs to be responsively designed so that it is independent of screen size, and created so that it adapts to the device and its capabilities. Content that can't adapt to a smaller screen may promote negative user experiences. We should always aim to deliver content compatible with devices of all screen sizes to avoid alienating any potential users.
SCORM AND HTML5
SCORM has nothing to do with HTML5. The challenge of HTML5 is not SCORM compatibility, but is in fact creating HTML5 content that is compatible across the multiple browsers.
CREATE POWERFUL CONTENT
E-learning is a growing field and investment involves acquiring new tools and technologies. We want our learning materials, e-learning courses, performance support tools and additional resources to be as accessible as possible and as long lived as possible.
So yes, the technical format you choose does matter.
We also want our materials to be intuitive and creative enough so our learners can enjoy their training. Therefore we have to think about user experience based on the variety of audiences we have.
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