Since the early 2000s, the government has seen that e-Learning is an inexpensive and robust solution to train our soldiers, sailors, and airmen, on the grounds and at home. Previous to the 2000s, the government would use various other means to prepare their students to include: videos, physical training aids (mock-ups), On Job Training (OJT), unnecessary training pipelines, and etc. These solutions cost money, put our military personnel in unnecessary harm’s way, and overall do not provide the best learning experience for the student.
When the government saw the benefit to eLearning, they began creating courses for everything! No complaints, but from 2000-2018 the majority of all products were created using Adobe Flash as the primary animation/framework. If you did not get the memo, Adobe is stopping the support of Flash in mid-2020, and because of this, the government has strict rules. If software or hardware that is no longer supported by the leading vendor, then they are no longer allowed to have it within their network.
Good News! Adobe is keeping up with the industry needs and creating design and development tools to replace the Flash (e.g., Adobe Animate and Adobe Captivate) Specifically for Instructional System Specialists we use Adobe Captivate 2019 to convert the current courses from Flash to HTML5. Because of its ability to provide various means of instructional capture (e.g., Video Demo) and bundling the instructional materials together for SCORM and xAPI compliances with numerous branching and SCO options it is the perfect fit for the government.
I am not only having fun but excited to see what our service members will say when they see the upgrade not only in the material but also in the learning experience.