It was not that long ago that elearning was produced for one device, often in Flash. Yet that creative content is now untapped by a lot of its potential audience.
It might have been created only five years ago, but since then there’s been a smartphone super-boom, with the average person checking their phone nine times an hour and now carrying out more than half of their learning on that device, on the fly. But there’s no need to fret—it’s easy to unlock that legacy learning and give it a new multi-device life without having to rehire the developers. Here’s how to future-proof your learning.
Why going multi-device makes sense
We probably don’t need to convince you that there’s a big market for digital learning. Recent stats in reports from Towards Maturity say 82% of learners want self-paced learning and 66% use online learning to help them learn for their job.
The appetite is growing, and across all generations of learners. It may be because of the smartphone revolution of the past five years or so, where learners now expect content to be available anywhere, anytime, and at a point of need. So why not their learning?
The average person checks their smartphone nine times an hour. We didn’t see that predicted in “Back to the Future.” Nor did it predict this:
- 67% use mobiles to access learning
- 27% learn on the way to work (rising to 40% for under-30s)
- 63% of adults use two or more devices a day, with 42% starting a task on one and completing it on another
You can read more on people’s learning preferences and habits in the Towards Maturity report here.
How can you give legacy learning a new, mobile life?
If you’ve got legacy elearning locked away in Flash or old technology, you might be missing out on the mobile market. It might be well-designed, creative, engaging content, but if it’s not available across devices and tapping into the trend for mobile learning, chances are, you’re cutting out some of your audience or not making it a top-drawer learning experience for them.
So how can you convert all that old content into modern multi-device learning and get back that ROI?
1. Stock check
Review your legacy elearning and put it into some virtual piles. Is it still relevant/needed? Does the design still stand up to modern standards or does it need a refresh? Does the content need a refresh (i.e., legislation updates)? Do you have all the assets (e.g., video)? That’s particularly important for Flash courses.
2. Select a tool
Since this is about untapping the potential of a previous investment, you probably want a tool that makes production easy and fast. Look for a tool that makes multi-device elearning automatic and comes with in-built design features that will help you get those out-of-date courses up to modern standards simply and cost-effectively.
If you need to update the content without hiring instructional designers or developers, consider collaborative tools like Elucidat, where nontechnical subject experts can author and edit content easily. It’s great for content that’s bound to keep changing too.
3. Design upgrades
While it’s perfectly feasible to import content into a multi-device tool like Elucidat, if the design isn’t up to scratch, it could misfire, especially with savvy modern learners. Consider how to:
- Make it more bite-sized
- Turn it into needs-based performance support
- Add gamification techniques and rewards
- Build in polls for social learning
- Make it challenging and immersive, with branching scenarios
- Mix it up with a blend
Elucidat has all of these features built in as standard, ready for your team to use. Here are nine live demos of how Elucidat has been used to create modern learning in these ways.
4. Test run
Select a legacy course or two, and give it a whirl in the new tool. You could even do this while you’re still in free trial mode. Weigh up the production time and effort, as well as how the output goes down with stakeholders, especially learners.
5. Check that your LMS is up for the job
If you’re going multi-device with your content, how does your LMS stack up? If it can’t operate across devices, you might need to consider an upgrade or an alternative platform to house your elearning. Here’s our guide to selecting an LMS.
Of course, with xAPI-enabled authoring tools like Elucidat, you don’t have to house the content in an LMS to track it.
With its super-simple authoring and Rapid Release™ feature, Elucidat can help you turn legacy content into multi-device learning fast. Unlock its potential with ready-to-go themes and interactions—including badges, polls, and branching—that meet modern learning standards.
Give Elucidat a try with a free trial and see how it can help you convert your legacy elearning. Tesco and Connect Group PLC found that it saved them 50% in production time and costs to do so.
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