FLASH TO HTML5 CONVERSION
Dinosaurs are extinct. Flash is following suit! As Adobe dropped the bomb to end Flash in 2020, the time has come to give a new life to your legacy Flash courses.
WHY DO WE NEED TO UPDATE FLASH COURSES TO HTML5?
Your legacy courses will not withstand the change that technology brings on a constant basis. The content might be outdated, resulting in little to no impact to your organization in terms of training. With everything being accessible on the go, how can training be left behind?
HOW HTML5 CAN HELP?
HTML5 courses allow your training to be accessible anywhere, anytime, thus allowing a paradigm shift in your organization’s growth pattern. HTML5-based courses can prove to be a quantifiable and concrete return on investment with tangible results.
Here are some perks of having an HTML5-based eLearning course:
Creative – Interactive, responsive, and learner-friendly: Flash conversion can make your course highly interactive and communicative. HTML5 offers a variety of newer and fresh learning strategies which makes the content receptive and generates a higher recall value for learners. HTML5 supports a wide array of innovative learning strategies such as scenario-based learning, game-based learning, microlearning, story-based learning, and animated explainer videos that makes learning immersive and memorable. It also offers a variety of design templates, and multimedia features which makes learning fun and exciting, and motivates learners to learn more!
Flexible – Accessible and time-friendly: Flash to HTML5 conversion assures easy and seamless access to online training on multiple devices. HTML5 makes it flexible to take your online training on any browser or any device such as a mobile, tablet, or laptop, anywhere, anytime regardless of time and space. This aspect of HTML has also led to the creation of what is called microlearning—one of the specialties of HTML5—which allows for creation of bite-sized courses in small nuggets of information as opposed to long and never-ending Flash courses. These courses are highly consumable and can be taken on the go!
New authoring tools such as Articulate 360, Rise, Adobe Captivate, Gomo, etc. offer flexible features that provide you with compatibility and cross-browser functionality.
Secured – Protective and preventive: One of the foremost features of HTML5 is the assurance of security. On the other hand, Flash courses lack strong algorithms to fight hacking or malware and has numerous gaps which makes it prone to cyber-attacks.
HTML5 also contributes to endorsing and strengthening the identity of the organization in minds of learners through newer branding techniques.
ALTERNATIVES TO CREATING COURSES IN FLASH AND THEIR DIFFERENCES
The authoring tools mentioned here are ideal to convert Flash courses to HTML5 formats, or to create new courses as well.
Articulate Storyline: Regarded as the most popular authoring tool, Storyline is a powerful authoring system enabling the creation of engaging and interactive courses. It allows you to export your creations into Flash and HTML5. However, keeping 2020’s event in mind, there are possibilities of Storyline stopping the exporting of courses to Flash. Storyline provides an elaborate library of ready-to-use characters and software simulation abilities. Its drawbacks is the high licensing costs.
Custom HTML5: Custom HTML5 courses are responsive or possess a fixed layout to add custom interactivities which suit your course needs. If the Flash courses have specific functionalities which cannot be recreated using templates provided by authoring tools, custom HTML5 helps achieve those. Using custom coding, game-based learning can also be added to the eLearning modules. The only drawback to using custom HTML5 is the expertise in coding that is required.
Elucidat: This is an authoring tool known to create content which is compatible over all web browsers making courses glitch free and smooth to operate. Elucidat focuses primarily on creating HTML5 courses. It also comes with a host of pre-made templates, theme collections, collaboration elements, and user-friendly layouts. Its responsive design allows it to work easily on mobile devices. Most drawbacks are on the developer’s end like the lack of a dedicated app.
Gomo: A SaaS-based authoring tool, Gomo creates responsive and adaptive HTML5 eLearning content. The content created is accessible easily over desktops, tablets, and phones. It is an easy-to-use system for beginner to expert level experience users. With a host of templates, Gomo ensures your courses are visually stimulating. One of the biggest advantages is its highly responsive nature over multiple devices. However, it is considered most suitable for text-based or audio-supported courses. Synching audio with video is one of its drawbacks.
Adapt Learning: For an engaging and seamless learning experience compatible over multiple devices, Adapt Learning is considered a versatile authoring tool. It is known for its high visual resources, forcing users to arrange content in a meaningful way. This is a learner-centric authoring tool which focuses on giving the learners an above average learning experience with navigations and interactions. One of the drawbacks to Adapt Learning is the time invested in creating complex courses especially with graphics, since it requires an experienced person to handle.
Articulate 360 Rise: Rise is another addition to the already impressive suite of authoring tools by Articulate. Designed specially for the creation of responsive courses, something Storyline lacks, Rise helps build courses using template style framing. It has a simple preview and publish functions (which includes export to SCORM/xAPI for easy upload to LMS).
Adobe Captivate: Developed by Adobe, Captivate is a popular authoring tool used to create rich multi-media content. Developers can easily export their creations to HTML5. Courses created in Captivate are rich in interactive elements. Content can be made adaptive or responsive across desktops, PCs, laptops, tablets, and phones making your course multi-device compatible, easy to access, and user-friendly over multiple platforms. Courses created are SCORM compliant. The drawbacks to creating courses in Captivate are its lack of a proper video editor plus a complicated interface. Additionally, there is no automatic way to create responsive courses. You need to manually design layouts to suit various resolutions.
Lectora Inspire: Lectora is capable of converting text dominant courses to simple HTML5 format which can render itself quickly on small devices of various sizes. It is capable of converting courses to SCORM and AICC formats as well. It is also considered as one of the fastest conversion tools available. The drawback here is similar to that of Captivate.
Claro: Developed as a web-based content authoring tool, it allows users to develop courses together. It supports both online, offline, and mobile-based learning. Authors can access information from a central repository. It allows objects to be reused and provides a responsive mobile output. Some drawbacks are a lack of software simulations and limited video and audio editing options. It comes supported with mobile player which allows viewing of content in offline mode on the mobile.
Are you still not convinced? Here is a whitepaper that talks about why you should convert your legacy courses as soon as possible and how you can do that:
HOW CAN ENYOTA HELP?
At eNyota, having designed and created courses in Flash for over a decade, we understand the nitty-gritties of the technology and are familiar with HTML and much of the popular rapid authoring tools available today for developing courses. Our conversion process is based on a wealth of knowledge we have acquired over the years. From doing a needs analysis of your requirement, to creating a master plan for you to update Flash courses to HTML5 and programming them—we can provide you with an end-to-end solution.
The clock is ticking, and we need to leverage the responsive features offered by HTML5. At eNyota, our team of experts is all geared-up to take the challenge of upgrading flash courses to HTML5. Are you ready to take yours? We are here to help!
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