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Will Your eLearning be Impacted by the End of Flash?

September 21 2017 | (0) Comments

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Flash, the software that helped to bring online video, animations, audio, and interactivity to the Internet is coming to an end. By the end of 2020, Adobe Systems will no longer support, improve or distribute its Flash Player.  Why? For starters, Flash is known to be riddled with security vulnerabilities, lacks the proper design for mobile device support, and has frustrated some of the biggest companies in the tech industry.

What does this mean for your organization’s eLearning efforts?

Flash has been widely used in the corporate training industry to deliver rich multimedia content. It’s been the software of choice for many instructional designers to create engaging and interactive eLearning courses. Therefore, if your eLearning currently uses Flash, you’ll need to consider converting your eLearning courses to an alternative technology, such as HTML5, by the end of 2020. HTML5 is one of the most suitable options to convert Flash-based content and to display media rich content that is browser and device agnostic. So, if you haven’t already started already, there’s no better time than the present to take inventory and start migrating your existing eLearning courses from Flash to HTML5 formats.

Opportunity is knocking!

Rather than looking at your migration efforts as an arduous task, look at this as a great opportunity to enhance your existing eLearning content.  Here are some things to consider.

  • Take inventory of your eLearning courses to identify which ones are using flash. Is all of your Flash content still valuable to your training initiatives?
  • When reviewing your content, perhaps you can look to enhance your existing Flash content to improve it either instructionally, graphically or functionally. If not, consider generating new content altogether using HTML5.
  • Perhaps now is an ideal time to create microlearning opportunities? You can easily break up those long eLearning courses into multiple small modules and let your learners reap the benefits of microlearning.

There are many tools that can be used to convert your Flash-based content such as Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, and Lectora. If your team is small or you don’t think you’ll be able to find the time, look to augment your migration efforts using an outside consultant, such as ePath Learning’s Pro Services. Our award-winning team includes some of the most experienced instructional designers, programmers, graphic artists, media professionals and project managers in the industry today. They would be happy to provide their assistance. Feel free to contact us today to learn more about converting your eLearning from Flash to HTML5.

Picture of industry crusader Susan DistasioSusan Distasio | eLearning Industry Crusader | ePath Learning, Inc.

About the Author:  Susan Distasio is an eLearning Industry Crusader focused on advocating for advancement and change in the eLearning and professional development industry.  An avid seeker of knowledge and continuous improvement, Susan is happy to share her research, observations, and thoughts regarding “all things related to learning and development.”  When she’s not out on the learning crusade, Susan can be found with the wind in her hair riding her Harley or simply enjoying life with her husband, Steve, and her Siamese cat, Elvis, and with family and friends.