Much before the most popular browsers officially announced that Flash player would no longer be supported, content development teams had already been on their way to find alternatives to Flash. One reason for this transition was that Flash was lacking browser compatibility, and the other prominent reason was the increasing popularity for multi-device learning – especially ‘mobile learning’.
As a result, Flash has lost its relevance as an eLearning authoring tool, and Flash eLearning to HTML5 conversion has come into the picture, with the need for legacy eLearning courses to be converted into HTML5. HTML5 is the best alternative potential web technology for eLearning courses to run across multiple devices. For HTML5, there is no need to install any additional browser plugin.
In Flash to HTML5 conversion, the courses are completely revamped, which may involve:
- new instructional design,
- changing course design,
- improving the look,
- reworking on interactives and
- maybe adding microlearning, if necessary
In Flash courses to HTML5 conversion, course design gets influenced just as in any eLearning course creation. The primary objective of course design in eLearning is to create an effective learning environment and experience for the learners. A good course design offers engaging teaching and implements active learning.
Understand what you are going to offer in the course:
As the course is being converted, understand the current scope of the training and learning needs and pre-requisites of the course. Discuss with the subject matter expert to update the content. You may not change the outline of the course, but inner content can be presented in a better way. Analyze the target learners and determine how you can impart instructions to the learners. As part of the course design, you can also finalize the needs, objectives, and assessment parameters of the course. You can use a tool like Visio to create a prototype using a partial script. This can give a clear picture of the course to be built.
Ensure that the course is engaging and interactive:
As the course is being rebuilt, with a better understanding and to suit the current needs, create interactive storyboards with scenarios and case studies. As part of producing appropriate media, gather more relevant graphics, videos, and sound effects. Ensure that the required media elements such as .jpg, .mp3, etc., are available in the authoring tool.
Thorough Testing and rollout of the course:
Once the course is built, review the learning objectives and pre-determined standards and check typos and bugs. Based on the Beta review of the course, implemented the suggested changes, make final corrections, and rollout the course.