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Checklist for Flash to HTML5 Migration

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Mobile learning is gaining popularity in the learning and development community. Today, people have embraced mobile learning due to its ease of access and timely support. However, legacy eLearning courses do not run on all the browsers or devices such as iPad and tablets. Flash has a major drawback when it comes to mobile-compatibility.

It is not only important to cater to your learners’ needs, but also to join and move along with technology that is shaping the eLearning space. HTML5 offers a multi-device support and flexibility. This platform enables you to run on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Besides, a majority of the latest browsers are compatible with HTML5.

If you are planning to move eLearning content development from Flash to HTML5, consider the points listed below.

1. List all the courses you want to migrate

The first and the most important step to look for is to recognize the courses that you want to migrate from Flash to HTML5. This is an essential step if you are planning for a pilot approach it is helpful in cases where you want to try and test a few courses to see how your learning audience responds.

2. Ensure all the source files are in place

It is important to ensure readiness of supporting aspects. Gather all the source files of the legacy courses. Source files are essentially the files a developer uses to create the eLearning, before exporting them for the final output. These source files will contain all of your text, media, and resources. Having all these source files in place ensures you with a smooth migration process.

Make sure that all your assets are ready so that there is no further delay in the pilot phase itself. This is very important as it can have an impact on the schedule drawn up for the migration process.

3. Technology update vs. complete redesign

It is essential to Identify the need of the migration process by evaluating the overall nature of upliftment and then chart a priority list. Few examples to help you decide upon the process:

  • Courses that you have developed recently may require only conversion to HTML5 with no instructional design involved.
  • Compliance courses requires only a visual uplift.
  • Legacy courses may have to be restructured completely including instructional design.

There may be some courses in your repository of legacy courses which may do well with just a technology update, and there may be others that need a complete visual overhaul. You will have to decided upon migrating the whole eLearning content development or just the visual part of it.

4. Evaluate converting long courses to shorter, bite-sized mobile learning

Today’s learners expect training to be short and useful. It’s crucial to understand that your learners are multi-device users (Smartphones, tablets). Mobile learning, as the name suggests, refers to accessing training resources on portable mobile devices, such as Smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Besides, Smartphones and tablets, in the past few years, have been shaping how learners access training resources.

From your repository of legacy courses, identify courses that are longer than one or two hours and convert them into short, digestible courses for efficient mobile learning. It enhances performance via support tools (PSTs) for your multi-device learners, who would want to learn and improve their skills even when they are away from the training.

5. Select an authoring tool which supports responsive eLearning development

If your mobile learning courses are to work seamlessly on all types of mobile devices, then you need a tool that supports responsive eLearning development.

The courses are made “responsive” with HTML5 to provide an optimal viewing experience for the learners. Adaptive designs are a good fit for multi-device custom mobile learning material for desktops, laptops, and tablets.

There are rapid authoring tools in the market, such as Articulate Studio 13, iSpring, Adapt, and authoring tools for mobile learning development such as Adobe CS6 with CreateJS, Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora, Articulate Storyline.

Better eLearning with HTML5 development

Migrating from Flash to HTML5 offers several benefits apart from making them mobile-compatible. You can revamp your eLearning courses too. Course updations and translations become easy and lengthy legacy courses can be broken into micro modules. We believe that F2H migration service could be a beneficial for eLearning content development for Millennial workforce.

Convert your content-rich legacy courses to HTML5 and give them a new lease of life. Share your thoughts with us. Write to us at info@letsnurture.com.

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