If this is a perfect world, then you will already be well on your way to completing the conversion of your existing Flash courses to HTML5. Unfortunately for most, the best laid plans have been put on hold due to more pressing tasks. There is still time to make the conversion, and depending on how you answer the questions below, you can still receive plenty of assistance where needed.
These questions – and the responses – are designed to provide you with a roadmap for success as you navigate the complexities of the conversion process. Here are the 10 questions you should be thinking through and then communicate to your programs and course content owners:
1. Which Flash courses have a shelf life that expires prior to mid/late 2019 and therefore will already be sunset prior to “breaking”?
A: Knowing when your browser will begin to cause inconveniences for your learners could avoid unnecessary conversion and save you much time. Some examples of inconveniences are:
- browser setting issues,
- error messages,
- lost course completions, etc.
2. Which Flash courses have a shelf life after mid-2019, and are worthy candidates for conversion to HTML5?
A: Possibly as early as late 2018, Microsoft will begin to require your learners to provide permission to run a Flash course in a Microsoft browser each time they launch a course. This will be an inconvenience to the learner, and could cause additional tracking issues with the LMS. These courses need to converted to HTML5 as soon as possible.
3. Which of those courses should be upgraded with new graphics, sound, other media and in another development platform while converting to HTML5?
A:. It would be useful to talk with your technology experts about the direction in which development platforms are evolving in the industry. Adaptive Learning, Micro-Learning and Mobile Learning platforms provide good reasons to consider converting your Flash at the same time as changing and learning a new platform.
4. Which courses are best replaced by a COTS solution rather than converting them?
A: Your courses may be out-of-date, or perhaps they were created prior to COTS versions of the courses becoming cost-effective.
5. What is the delta in the costs of upgrading the content vs. purchasing curated content?
A: Take a look at what’s available in the market and price it out before investing in converting old content.
6. As courses are expired, are there any gaps created in the curriculum that need to be filled?
A: This may sound obvious, but many developers have innocuously removed old content, only to discover that a critical component in the curriculum was now missing.
7. Do your LMS or courses have any Flash files tucked into them that could surface and break a learner’s connection to the LMS?
A:. We call some of them Flash “wrappers” and others are types of conformant coding. They were built to permit the running of a variety of learning content, media and Flash installers without which would be prevented from launching and tracking from the LMS. If they have Flash code in them, they will eventually cause issues if not replaced.
8. Do you have a closed network for deploying Flash content? Do you want to consider the option of implementing one?
A: This means you can control the PCs, Operating Systems, and Browser versions on the learner PCs because your network is not connected to the Internet. If this is the case, then you could continue to run your existing content, on your current browsers and not worry about security.
9. Do you understand the importance of addressing security loopholes that are prolific in Flash going forward?
A: Adobe support for Flash will most likely end in 2020. Anyone who is accessing Flash content after Adobe stops supporting it will most likely experience security risks and violations. Even if there is a workaround to be able to successfully launch a Flash file, security will still be the greatest risk.
10. Do you have a solid communication plan?
A: One of the most important steps in your successful course conversion roadmap is to ensure multi-channel and progressive communication with:
b. Content owners
c. Development teams
d. IT and Technology personnel
Our technology experts and LMS programmers can address any issues that you might be experiencing. We have technology solutions that we can implement that will guide you smoothly through the conversion period. Also, while in the conversion process, your learners might want to consider other media and methodologies such as:
- Adaptive Learning,
- Augmented Reality,
- iPDFs / iVideos,
- Mobile and others.
Contact us to learn more.