For years, Adobe Flash was the uncrowned king of the e-learning world. The powerful authoring tool, Flash, demonstrated a high degree of flexibility in terms of creating online learning interactivities – you could incorporate a wide variety of Flash interactivities, ranging from simple click-on-tabs to complex branching scenarios. It seemed that the reign of Flash would never end, until authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline came into the picture.
Demo of Interactivities in Adobe Flash vs Articulate Storyline
- Click On Tabs
- Click On Numbers
- Click on Images
- Flip Cards
- Flip Book
- Single Select
- Drop Down
- Drag and Drop
Despite its capabilities, Adobe Flash has a major limitation – online course developers needed to develop learning interactions from scratch, and this took several weeks, if not more. This made the authoring application unsuitable to meet the technology-enabled learning development requirements of today’s organizations that need to develop web-based courses rapidly, to meet their dynamic learning needs.
Moreover, Flash is incompatible with most mobile devices, which are used widely to deliver training. A new e-learning course authoring tool was needed, one that could overcome the shortcomings of Flash, yet demonstrate its power.
The web-based learning development community soon found the answer – Articulate Storyline, a simple tool that exhibited capabilities to develop Flash-like web-based learning interactions. Storyline, unlike Flash, comes with in-built templates that allow online course developers to create interactivities rapidly, with minimum effort.
Furthermore, the output of Storyline is mobile-friendly. That’s why Storyline is a preferred tool to convert Flash to HTML5. Storyline also comes with a highly intuitive, PowerPoint-like interface, lowering its learning curve considerably.
Comparison of Interactivities
Here is a comparison of Articulate Storyline’s capabilities to develop Flash-like online learning interactions.
|Interaction||Adobe Flash||Articulate Storyline|
|Drag & Drop|
We thus see that Articulate Storyline exhibits Flash-like web-based learning development capabilities. Indeed, it is a very useful tool to create interactive, engaging e-learning courses. Isn’t it?