Consider a scenario where an organization has been training its employees on the regulations and policies of the industry through scenario-based eLearning developed in Adobe Flash. With the passage of time, the policies were reviewed, and changes made. A bunch of new policies were introduced which all employees are expected to follow.
Now, the content of the course has become obsolete and new policies must be added for the course to be relevant. Also, along with content updates, the organization has decided to translate the courses into the native languages of its employees, and introduce an element of games, to make them appealing to its new generation of employees. Right! So, what should the organization do now?
The ‘Redesign’ Conversion Methodology
This scenario is one most organizations are likely to face. When Flash-based courses have content updates, or you want to take a fresh perspective on the instructional design or make online courses translation-friendly, you will have to develop the entire course again. This is where the Redesign conversion methodology comes into action.
In the Redesign conversion methodology, the entire course will be developed from the scratch as:
- Content has become obsolete and needs significant edits – new information/information to be updated
- Learners prefer a new mode of delivery (such as microlearning), interaction, and engagement techniques
- The source files of legacy courses might be either unavailable or unusable
In this context, Flash-based legacy courses can be redesigned from scratch in a new authoring tool, such as Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, iSpring, or Lectora Inspire – which will eventually provide HTML5 output. During this conversion from Flash to HTML5, one can expect significant changes in the information provided in the course, the mode of delivery, and the multimedia assets.
When to Opt for the ‘Redesign’ Conversion Methodology?
If the source files are unavailable, but most of the media elements are available
If the source files of your Flash-based legacy courses are lost, but the raw assets such as images, graphics, and other multimedia, are available, redesigning the course is your best bet. Before jumping in, decide which assets need to go into the course and which need to be re-created.
When the content has gone obsolete
In the above scenario, the organization faces this predicament. Their policies and regulations have changed and the content in their compliance course has become obsolete. So, they needed to develop a course, adding the new information. The Redesign conversion methodology is all about redeveloping the entire course from scratch.
To revamp the instructional design
At times, the reason to develop a new course could be just to make it even more engaging to learners. Legacy courses might be typical page tuners, which won’t appeal to today’s learners. Legacy courses also aren’t mobile-compatible, that inhibits their free access by learners. Latest authoring tools provide a lot of options to make the courses interesting using various built-in assets such as templates, and interactivities.
To reduce the overall time of the course
Do you deliver hour-long courses to your service technicians? Wouldn’t they be much more comfortable and the courses much more accessible if they were shorter? What if you could offer short modules that cover specific learning objectives, and can be accessed on their mobiles? This will help them access the modules, whenever needed – while traveling or waiting for a client. You can reconfigure your lengthy courses into microlearning modules.
A Few Things to Consider
- Since the course is going to be completely redesigned from scratch, it is extremely important to decide on a timeline.
- If the source files are unavailable or the content is completely obsolete, then decide on the new content and the multimedia assets before moving forward.
- Will the course be played only on Android and iPhones or Tablets and iPads too? Identify the devices the newly designed course will be supported on.
- Decide whether rebuilding is going to be done in-house or outsourced.
- Take time to research and choose the best authoring tool, depending on the content and multimedia that has been decided on.
This is the fourth and the most complex level of Flash to HTML5 e-learning conversions. If you’ve missed the first three, check the Record, Republish, and Rebuild methodologies – check your training need, availability of source files, and take an informed decision.