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Adobe Flash Fading Away: How it is Going to Impact the eLearning Industry

It is common knowledge that Adobe Flash is not supported on iPhones and iPads. While Apple has been

It is common knowledge that Adobe Flash is not supported on iPhones and iPads. While Apple has been a long-standing critic of Flash, recently the software from Adobe found criticism from two more technology companies – Mozilla and Facebook. Recently, Mozilla’s technical team decided to block Adobe Flash from the Firefox browser. And a week before, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer had asked Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash as the software is too vulnerable from a security point of view. In light of these developments, it is widely predicted that the future of Flash is at risk.

Many people in the eLearning industry has been concerned with these developments because for too long, Flash has been the most popular choice of eLearning course developers. But is not all doom and gloom.

HTML5: The alternative to Flash

HTML5 has emerged as a strong alternative for Flash, including in eLearning. The biggest advantage of HTML5 is its support for multiple devices such as smartphones and tablets. Also, as more and more organizations are moving towards BYOD (bring your own device), HTML5 is likely to get more popular in the coming years.

Advantages of HTML5:

  • Unlike Flash, HTML5 doesn’t require any plugins
  • HTML5 seamlessly allows inclusion of audio and video files into the code
  • HTML5 is an open technology (unlike Flash which is controlled by Adobe) and thus it is more flexible
  • All new browsers are incorporating HTML5

The 2014 International Tablet Survey conducted by Harris Poll and sponsored by Dell, surveyed IT Decision Makers (ITDMs) in 10 countries: U.S, U.K., India, Japan, China, Brazil, France, Russia, UAE/Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.

The finding were very interesting and provide an insight in the use of tablet devices in the workplace

  • Tablets are a standard part of their company‘s IT offering or currently under evaluation, and/or they allow employees to use their own tablet
  • Mobility cited as a key benefit of tablet usage by IT Decision Makers (ITDMs)
  • Tablets have met or exceeded expectations in all countries; As such ITDMs plan to deploy more tablets

The report also spoke about tablet adoption has increased productivity and it has done so by making it easier to work while traveling, allowing better customer service, providing faster or more convenient access to information while out in the office or in the field, or allowing real-time entry of information to reduce duplicated work.

What does it mean for the future of eLearning?

HTML5 has several advantages and is fast catching up with Flash. And now with the high usage of phone and tablets both in corporate as well as in education, it’s not a question of when to move to HTML but how to move to HTML? If you need more reason to move to HTML, have a look at the post we recently published.

At eNyota, we have been helping clients in not only converting their exiting courseware into HTML but also in creating new HTML courseware from the scratch. If you want to know how to unlock the full potential of your courseware developed in Flash or how to start developing for mobile and tablets, contact us.

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