How to Refine Your Flash courses in HTML5 Conversions

 In Design, E-learning

Flash to HTML5 conversion may be good opportunity to redesign your existing courses into more effective and efficient courseware. All design is reiterative and your existing courses represent hours of reviews by subject matter experts. Over the years, the learning and development department has much feedback from actual learners on these existing courses. All these offer an opportunity to redesign your elearning into effective and efficient HTML5 elearning.

The HTML5 requirement opens up your existing courseware to be available across multiple devices and modern browsers. Here are a few design decisions that may require your attention:

Learning Objectives: Changing technology, rules, processes, procedures, and laws may require that your course learning objectives be re-evaluated and re-framed. This in turn will require that the course content undergo a review and revision.

Duration: Reassess the duration of your elearning course; is the new duration is tune with the falling attention spans and further paucity of dedicated learning time for the audience? Consider micro-learning strategies as part of your redesign effort.

Learner Feedback: Collate all feedback on the elearning courses; Learners offer insightful comments on the functionality of existing elearning. When better to incorporate the feedback into learning design than during the Flash-to-HTML5 conversion?

Level of Interactivity: A fully-formed elearning course offers an unique opportunity of well-formed content that can be easily designed into more interactive elearning. Depending on your learner feedback and enrolment demand, you may want to redesign your average elearning course into highly interactive, game-based or simulation courses. HTML5 interactions are a notch better than Flash with their extended outreach.

Touch-friendly design: The new age devices lend themselves to touch as a human-computer interaction modality. You may want to consider design decisions such as how tactile-friendly your courses need to be and whether that will require a redesign effort.

LMS Publishing Standard: xAPI or TIN CAN offers more options to deploying your courses on the LMS; check with your LMS administrator if you can publish to this standard as it will further extend your elearning outreach.

Responsiveness of the Published Output: HTML5 courses can be designed to be responsive and with fluid layouts. Consider the options that are available to you to decide on the optimal level of responsiveness that you need: scaling vs. fluid vs. scrolling output.

Elearning Development Tools: Tools such as Articulate Storyline, Captivate, Lectora offer HTML5 publishing options; depending on your requirement, you will have to choose a suitable tool. If your legacy content was created using an earlier version of these tools, you may find your choice limited to latest version of same software to take advantage of backward compatibility.

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