> A question was asked early in this thread about what are the benefits of> 
> using Flash? There's been no answer to that question. I was hoping to learn> 
> some answers because I've been confused about why it's become so widely used> 
> in eLearning. I think I see several factors but I also think I'm still> 
> missing part of the puzzle.
Barrrrrrrrrh – to express my frustration about this general topic. I also agree 
with most of what you’re saying. My first paid web work was developing online 
learning products in the days before the term eLearning existed (showing my age 
here). From what you are saying it sounds like the scene has changed little 
over the last ten years. So from my observation the tide is not turning the 
whole scene has been riddled with problems since the term got ‘eLearning’ 
gained buzz word compliant status. So I have couple of slightly different takes 
on what you’re saying:
> 1. Teachers/trainers continue to be committed to linear, push> methodologies. 
Plenty of teachers, trainers, training providers, universities, TAFEs, schools, 
HR areas, etc are essentially lazy and can’t be bothered to actually understand 
learning theory. This is why they ‘continue to be committed to linear, push 
methodologies’, it’s easy to understand and cheep to develop. Vendor just give 
the market what they want. > > 2. Teacher/trainer decision makers don't love 
the web, possibly because they> can't control it.
> > 3. There appears to be broad acceptance of the theories of multiple types> 
> > of intelligence and different learning styles by teacher/trainers, but no> 
> > interest in learning how the web has evolved to meet those different needs.
So you’re saying they hate the web and still don't get it after all these 
years. In my experience the real reason they hate it is fear; it shows them up 
to be lazy, sloppy and in the worst cases bad at their jobs. The smart and 
innovative teachers etc love the web because it is a great tool, full of 
opportunities and it can be used to work around many of the problems of more 
traditional media.
And now on to a small rant about Flash. I’m with others here – basically I’m 
perplexed by the implication that Flash is some how cornerstone of good 
eLearning, esp since so much of it is so bad. And here’s the problem and I’m 
going to make some gross simplification to illustrate my point. Flash is 
prominently a tool for supporting interaction with certain types of content. It 
does not enable a whole bunch of other activities that could (should) be 
included in supporting learning activity, such a peer discussion, 
collaboration, testing and application of knowledge etc. So while eLearning is 
predominately seen as Flash then eLearning is should not be viewed as a sound 
approach to learning. The accessibility issue is a great summary of the problem 
with Flash; it can be accessible but because it is often done badly it 
generally isn’t. So a good tool often badly used. 
And this is the reasons I have a problem with Flash...
Cut through the jargon: find a PC for your needs.

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