Four Things You Should Know about Flash to HTML 5 Migration

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Mobile learning is getting popular as smartphone allows people to learn at any place and anytime. Elearning ( ) which offers similar benefits can be delivered on smartphones but the problem is majority of the smartphones don’t support Flash.

Unfortunately, majority of the elearning courses developed in the past are based on Flash and companies find it hard to abandon these old course materials just because the mobile devices don’t support Flash. If you intend to use the old course materials and adopt mLearning as well, the only way is – Flash to HTML5 migration. Before you jump on the bandwagon of conversion, here are few things you should know.

Planning Is Essential

Flash to HTML5 migration ( ) is not an easy task though you have authoring tools for help. The conversion process has many aspects that require expert intervention otherwise the results of the migration will not help you achieve learning goals.

You need to have a clear idea of how much content is essential to get started. You need to gather all content and separate them into categories based on types of multimedia used and the importance of the content. See what tools can be used for different types of data and multimedia formats. Once you have gathered the content and have decided the tools you would use, the next step is gathering tools.

Gather All the Necessary Tools

You will need varied authoring tools to migrate legacy Flash content to HTML5 platform. Before you take up the task, you need to learn how each tool operates and how much conversion is possible by every authoring tool you have selected.

Elearning content has diverse types of multimedia content and you might require an array of tool to convert all interactive content into HTML5. Not all tools are available for free, so you need to ensure you have the budget to purchase the tools and experience to use them successfully.

You Cannot Convert Everything

Though you have tools for Flash to HTML5 migration, don’t expect 100% success. The technology and authoring tools limitations require you to abandon few contents and redesign a few. The success of the project greatly depends on the pre-planning and the authoring tools you select.

The best policy you can adopt is picking small courses, migrate them to a new platform and obtaining user feedback. It will help you determine if the learning impact you had envisioned is achievable after migrating legacy courses to HTML5.

Keep the Migration light

Though multimedia content plays an important role in learning, you need to ensure the output of Flash to HTML5 migration is light. This is important because the majority of the times these courses will be accessed through smartphones and the user will be required to download content using mobile data.

By reducing the file size, you can ensure the downloading of the required content happens fast and does not consume large amounts of mobile data which is an important thing for the user.

Have you migrated your legacy courses to HTML5? We would love to hear your experience.

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