What is Flash based e-Learning courseware?
E-Learning is an online medium of training & teaching domain by use of technology so that the user can access the course from anywhere and anytime. In today’s paper less world, e-Learning is playing a vital role in delivering the learning content to users in digital format.
E-Learning is one of the vast online industries having stakes of millions of dollars in online business. Adobe Flash Player played a vital role in delivering the e-Learning content across browsers until recent past years. More than 80 percent of e-Learning courseware was developed using Adobe authoring tools that uses Flash player plug-in to render the content in web browser.
Flash player had its native ability to deliver rich multi-media content including audio, video, animations, graphics, interactive elements and gaming.
Due to these versatile features, Flash dominated the e-Learning industry as for the course creation and delivery is concerned. Majority of e-Learning development companies used Flash as the medium of delivering their e-Learning content to users.
When everything was going smoothly with Flash based e-Learning courses then what happened? Please read further below.
Compatibility of Flash Player
Flash Payer was considered to be king of desktop browser plug-ins until the entry of touch sensitive hand held devices like smart phones and tablets. Initially, Flash Player was part of mobile browser plug-ins as well. But, due its performance issue in low battery devices, the mobile operating systems slowly started to degrade it. Apple iOS was the first one to complain and it completely stopped the Flash Player support in iOS.
Due to Flash player performance issue in low end devices, Flash player started to drain its popularity across all devices. Almost Flash player can be considered as dead due to emergence of HTML5.
Why Flash based e-Learning legacy courses to HTML5?
With the ever rapidly growing e-Learning industry, one cannot just stick with desktop users and lose business. In this modern mobile world, everything is accessible on the move. As per latest survey, people are more engaged with mobile devices rather than desktop.
So, in order to cope with the latest trend, the way of delivering the e-Learning content has to be revamped as well to stay on the business.
HTML5 is the revolutionized version of HTML that has the ability to replace Flash Player with its versatile advance features similar to Flash like it can deliver the rich multi-media content
- Canvas to draw graphics on the fly
- Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
- MathML for Mathematic Formulas
With all these features, HTML5 has become the only replacement for Flash player as HTML5 has the native ability to perform well in low battery powered devices.
Moreover, HTML5 content are compatible in all desktop & mobile browsers across operating systems and the performance is seamless without use of any plug-ins.
Flash e-Learning content to HTML5 conversion approach
Although, there are tools available to convert the Flash content to HTML5. But these can be used scenarios alone:
- Non interactive Flash Ads or Banners
- Small Flash animations
- Flash content with no interaction
There are few steps that need to be taken care while doing Flash e-Learning courses to HTML5.
The existing Flash based e-Learning course needs to be analyzed properly.
The factors to be considered will be like:
How graphics, animations, text and sounds are used in lessons?
How much interaction is involved in activities and games?
What are the e-Learning standards followed like SCORM, AICC?
Design e-Learning course interface by keeping the below items as must.
Screen size: HTML5 version needs to be displayed across different screen resolutions.
Responsiveness: The final content should be responsive across different screen resolutions.
Optimization: The various resources used in Flash will be heavy in size which needs to be optimized and used in HTML5 version
Authoring tool: Choose the best HTML5 authoring tool as per the requirement.
JS Framework: Since, Flash ActionScript cannot be converted directly and use in HTML5 version. We need to convert or re-write the ActionScript codes in JS. So, select the best JS framework as the requirement calls.
Testing plays one of the major role in Flash based e-Learning courses to HTML5 conversion. Testing needs to be done properly across all desktop and mobile browsers as single HTML5 version content will get rendered in different screen resolutions.
Main things to be considered will be like:
- Whether the content is getting fit within browser window or not?
- Audio and video playbacks.
- User interactions in mobile devices using touch working or not?
Launch HTML5 version
It is time to launch the HTML5 version of converted Flash based legacy e-Learning courseware after rigorous testing.
Now, one can understand the necessity for Flash to HTML5 conversion. So, what are you waiting for?
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