Why Would You Learn to Code as an eLearning Developer?

There was a time in the learning industry that when we were not afraid to build custom eLearning using tools like Flash. If we had an idea for a custom game and or learning interaction that could not be built in standard eLearning tools we would try to build that custom game or learning interaction in Flash or a similar tool.

Since the demise of Flash it seems like everyone has been hesitant to even mention custom code. It is true most of us that learned Flash had to now learn how to code in HTML5 in order to get the custom learning interactions but seems like most did not make that transition.

Why is that? eLearning tools are great and they have come a long way in the past couple of years but in my opinion they are still years behind what custom web development can do. Don’t get me wrong eLearning tools have their place and I will still use them when the project calls for it and I will still teach them but if we run into a project that would be better suited for custom code why wouldn’t we try to build it instead of trying to hack our eLearning tools to do something they were never meant to do?

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