SCORM File size and internet speed

Hi. My audience is based in New Zealand, but our LMS is in Austria. Domestic internet speeds here are pretty good, but Europe is horrible.

I know I have no choice but to reduce my SCORM package file sizes, but before I do that I wanted to ask you all if you thought 10 mb to 25 mb for one zipped SCORM package (with audio, sometimes additional FLVs) was too big?

I have been reducing quality to the maximum, but I still end up with these file sizes. I just don't see that it's possible to produce a decent e-learning package, with sound and a few animations, at under 10 mb? Am I crazy?

I'm using Storyline by the way. Thanks for your input.

5 Replies
Bruce Graham

Well Steve...

They may not be "...too big..." , however they may be "...too big for the infrastructure you have...".

Unfortunately in my experience there is no real way around this. I had one client where we ended up having to strip out most of the images and all voiceover not because the bandwidth was too low, but because it was low and already dedicated to order processing activities which took precedence. They are still with paper-based training 2 years later because of these commercial restrictions.

A technical sizing exercise needs to be done here - and there are much better people here that know about that than me, however, it may be that eLearning is just not the answer, because the infrastructure cannot support it well enough.

Bruce

Steve McAneney

Aditya, thanks for the reference. That's useful to know.

Bruce, thanks too. As I said, I know my environment is not ideal. I just don't know if my courses are perpetuating the problem by simply being larger than the 'norm'. I guess this is one of those "how long is a piece of string" scenarios isn't it? If you have a good internet connection, you may use a large file, if your connection is rubbish, you must reduce the file size. 

Wow, just imagine how entertaining my 2mb SCORM courses are going to be..../-;

Bruce Graham

LOL...

Perhaps you change the strategy over a few months to "Skill Pills - 60-90 second learning snippets that fit in with OUR busy culture".

That way you keep the learning going, explain to the Board that they do not have to pay for infrastructure upgrade, and learners are happy with just-in-time and quick training interventions.

Reframe the argument.

Bruce

Dave Neuweiler

Bruce Graham said:

LOL...

Perhaps you change the strategy over a few months to "Skill Pills - 60-90 second learning snippets that fit in with OUR busy culture".

That way you keep the learning going, explain to the Board that they do not have to pay for infrastructure upgrade, and learners are happy with just-in-time and quick training interventions.

Reframe the argument.

Bruce


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