The way people access information has changed. From newspapers and television, they shifted to computers and laptops. Now everything in accessed on mobile devices, and online learning is no different. Employees don’t like to be distracted from their busy schedules. So organizations are converting their legacy courses to HTML5, so that they can be accessed on any mobile device. This ensures employees are not distracted from their regular work schedules and can access training at their convenient time, place, and device.
Legacy course conversion has become necessary in today’s multi-device world, as learners access online learning resources from several devices. It is a lengthy process, with a number of tasks. Before you go ahead with the conversion, you need to be certain of the approach you have chosen.
Content updates and rebranding are two major reasons companies convert their legacy courses. Content in eLearning courses should be up-to-date so that learners have access to the latest knowledge. It’s vital to have the latest information in online compliance training as laws and regulations get updated frequently; sales reps need knowledge on the latest products and updates.
Organizations convert their legacy eLearning courses to the HTML format so that they can be mobile compatible. When these courses are aimed at their customers and external stakeholders, organizations prefer courses which reflect their brand to reinforce identify and foster their brand image.
Legacy course conversion is a lengthy process, with a number of tasks. The checklist shared in this post will help you avoid unwanted delays and also prevents unnecessary concerns. So, it’s better to make a checklist to figure out what comes first. This mechanism helps you refurbish legacy courses faster, by avoiding missing out anything in the conversion process.
Organizations are sitting on a huge stack of legacy courses, which have now become obsolete, since there are no takers for these courses. A lot of investment, time, and creativity have gone into the development of these courses. Fast-forward to the present day, the learner wants information on his mobile device, he wants everything bite-sized and accesses information from different devices. This gave rise to the concept of Responsive eLearning, where courses can be accessed on devices with varying screen sizes.
Do these scenarios look similar to your current training challenge?
Scenario I: Training Manager: “We started using online learning to train our employees a decade ago. Most of our courses were developed using Flash. Now, these courses don’t work well in many mobile devices and some browsers. How can I quickly convert them to make them available to all employees?”
Many organizations have developed their online courses using Flash and older authoring tools. In the current scenario, most of the people use mobile devices to access information and courses. These courses that were developed using old tools may not be compatible with mobile devices. So, it’s necessary to make your legacy online courses mobile compatible.
If you are one of those stewards who started eLearning very early in your organization, I am sure you will be now wanting to convert your legacy courses for one of these reasons.
Talking to customers this year, I collected 6 reasons why organizations are converting their existing courses into more contemporary formats. Compare notes and see if you too have the same reasons or yours is something different. In case you do, do comment and tell us.