By Saurabh Pangarkar
Flash to HTML5 Conversion
As per Adobe, support for Flash ends in 2020. This may seem like a lot of time but you may be surprised why it is not.
There have always been several concerns with Flash including security, the move away from plugins, and memory utilization that led to this move. Internet browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox (that constitute over 50% of browser usage) and even Adobe that owns Flash are on the brink of ending support for the Flash plugin.
With this backdrop, the popularity for HTML 5 is serving as a booster for converting Flash to HTML5. Mobile devices have emerged as today’s key platforms for consuming content and Flash has no support there. This makes HTML5 as the de facto platform for eLearning solutions, and the move from Flash to HTML5 is hence necessary and inevitable.
This conversion process would be a careful examination of your existing module’s source code. Based on the goals you identify in the analysis phase, a preferred solution approach comprising a new target authoring tool(s), user interface(s), design, templates, review process and stakeholder(s) will be determined. Budgets would need to be mapped out and teams would be aligned to work on the migration strategy.
According to our estimates, medium to large businesses that made (and will continue to make) use of eLearning solutions will invest between $ 100,000 to $ 4.5M on an average scale over the next three years. Obviously, there will still be companies below and above this wide spectrum. While analyzing and speaking with several customers over the last many weeks we came across some interesting views which we believe will dominate in 2018 and beyond with regards to this important milestone in corporate L&D.
- Not everything will get converted:
- Not everything demands eLearning:
- Sometime makeover is essential:
- A relook at content and strategies:
- Assessment of program utilization:
Seems obvious to many but a lot of eLearning that resides on your LMS is about products, processes, and tools. These products may have been updated over the years, but the training would have survived on life support. A blanket conversion won’t be a good idea as the conversion demands thoughtful planning.
This is the time of big data. There are millions of giga bytes of data already getting generated every year. The same applies to learning content. What you had to create before may be already out there and could be available at fraction of the cost. Content curation will be a key skill L&D will have to adopt to over the next several years.
Learning styles are a function of time and trends. In other words, if you enjoyed that corporate blue and gray learning interface, learners today want something fresh and lively. Our desire for colors and fonts have surely evolved and keeping that dated look doesn’t sound very interesting.
While the fundamentals of instructional design are timeless, it is important to understand that attention spans have dropped exponentially. Learners today want micro or bite sized content that they could consume in between work breaks. So, you’d probably need to explore formats like micro learning or gamification for some of your “must retain” content.
Learning analytics clarify what programs are most widely used in your company. Your LMS reports should help identify some of this. For others, you may need to procure third party tools. But you wouldn’t want to migrate that one program that no one took in the last 3 years.
A lot has been said about Flash to HTML5 conversion and there are large budgets to be anticipated in near future. Newgen, with its expert team of Designers and Consultants, believes in thoughtful analysis of the conversation requirements. It is important for organizations to make the right considerations when it comes to taking conversion decisions. Newgen Enterprise helps its client partners maximize their migration ROI than just helping them migrate more and more content. Thus, we help you decide the direction of your learning operation. Our industry veterans, with their two decades of experience, identify your problem areas and devise foolproof instructional strategies that adhere to the learning objectives as well as your business goals. We welcome your ideas on how your organization is approaching this.