Benefits of overwriting vs. hiding training materials

  • 24 May 2023
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What are the benefits of overwriting a training material vs. hiding them (Specifically SCORM files)? I thought it was so in-progress users could continue taking the hidden training materials, while the visible ones were shown the active training materials (slowly phasing out), but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Is it just cleaner to overwrite? Does overwriting cause any issues aside from making in-progress users start over? I’ve always been so nervous with this. 

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When you hide a training material from the settings option, it means that none of the users will be able to access the hidden training material. This can be useful when you want to completely remove the material from user view or make it temporarily unavailable.

On the other hand, overwriting training materials offers some benefits. When you overwrite a training material, the new version replaces the previous one, but users who are in-progress with the material can continue taking it without any disruption. This allows for a smooth transition to updated content while still accommodating users who are already engaged in the training.

Overwriting training materials is generally considered cleaner and more straightforward since it avoids confusion by presenting only the most recent version to users. It ensures that everyone accessing the training sees the same up-to-date content, eliminating potential inconsistencies or outdated information. However, it's important to note that overwriting training materials may cause in-progress users to start over if the content structure or questions have significantly changed, but their completion status remains "In Progress".