Your online legacy learning courses may not meet changing learning needs. Probably your employees are not taking those outdated courses. Legacy courses may have been developed in the then popular tools and are no longer compatible with the latest technologies. A decade ago, courses were developed using Flash, Dreamweaver, and amateur versions of Java. Now they are no longer compatible with new authoring tools.
So, how can your learners make the best use of them? Here I give seven hard-hitting reasons to convert legacy eLearning courses.
1. Flash is not a viable option
Flash was the most widely authoring tool for eLearning in the last decade due to its stunning animation-creation and audio clarity features. But, the decay began as it’s not supported on Apple products and new web browsers. So, companies want to ensure courses developed in Flash run across multiple devices and web browsers. It also becomes burdensome for companies to make Flash courses SCORM compliant to track on via an LMS. This phenomenon has prompted several organizations to convert their old Flash courses to new improved formats.
2.Lack of mobile compatibility
This is another major reason organizations convert their legacy courses. To cater to the changing needs of workforce, organizations have to change their training delivery modes. Now most employees use smartphones for work related issues. Online courses should perfectly fit multiple screen sizes, ranging from desktops to smartphones. That’s why companies want to convert their rigid eLearning courses to flexible, adaptive, and responsive courses, so that they seamlessly flow across multiple devices and screens.
3. Course Translation is Tedious
Earlier, organizations developed eLearning courses mainly to cater to their English speaking workforce. But things have changed rapidly over the decade. Most Fortune 500 companies have expanded their business activities across the world and more than half their revenues come from international markets. This phenomenon has urged them to translate their employee training courses into multiple languages.
It is difficult to translate content in eLearning courses developed using Flash. So, organizations are looking to convert their existing courses using rapid authoring tools, which offer the flexibility of HTML5 output. This helps in quick translation of the courses to impart training to multilingual employees.
4. Updating course content is difficult
Companies need to frequently update information in existing online courses to make them relevant to current circumstances. Multinational organizations release new products every year. For training their sales teams and service technicians on the latest product portfolio, they will have to update their online product training courses.
Where it was a cumbersome process to update legacy courses, courses developed using the latest authoring tools can be updated easily, at the speed of need.
5.Need to develop courses for Gen Y learners
Lengthy online courses are passé. Millennials workforce has no patience and the attention span to take 45-minute to one-hour courses. They prefer microlearning modules of three to five minutes, and most of them prefer taking courses on their smartphones. So companies are converting their lengthy legacy courses to bite-sized, microlearning modules.
6.Make existing courses engaging
When eLearning was in the nascent stage, many organizations just converted their PowerPoint presentations to online courses, with audio narration. Now, many changes have taken place in the online learning space.
Now we are talking of instructional design strategies, interactivities, gamification, microlearning, scenarios, videos, and more. So companies are seeking more effective and engaging online learning courses than mere page turners. They want to give their heavy text eLearning courses a makeover with relevant instructional design strategies and gamified elements for greater engagement.
7.Change of authoring tool
Some multinational organizations that need training courses on large scale purchase authoring tools for their in-house eLearning development needs and convert legacy courses to that tool. Our client, one of Australia’s largest financial services providers asked us to convert their existing courses using Lectora 16 to get the responsive output.
Some companies also opt for legacy course conversion when they want update their branding. Legacy course conversion is useful to extend the benefits of existing courses to a larger group of audience – whether it is to make the courses mobile compatible, responsive, update content, or translate.