Instructional Design

Should I Convert or Update My Flash Course?

The verdict is in, and it looks like HTML5 has officially dethroned Flash as development language of choice. Unfortunately, if you developed your eLearning in Flash, that can leave much of your current courseware and eLearning modules out of date and incompatible with many of your learners’ devices.

Before you perform a straight conversion from Flash to HTML5, a course overhaul might be a consideration. While not necessary for all conversions, it could be the perfect time to update outdated information and bring your eLearning up to industry standards before you deliver it to all of your learners’ devices. Here are a few things to consider before you decide on a simple conversion versus a course update.

Who Developed the Original Content?

It’s true that some businesses have dedicated instructional designers who create, develop, and deliver eLearning to employees–but it’s extremely rare. In most cases, eLearning was created by HR teams and it’s missing the instructional design touch.

Instructional design is more than just creating beautiful modules, but creating impactful eLearning that learners are more likely to remember. Tapping into neurolearning to strengthen connections between existing knowledge and new connections makes all eLearning more effective, so it’s worth an update if you’re missing that piece of your training puzzle.

Does Your Content Need a Facelift?

Old, outdated graphics can cause users to disengage from subject matter: If the look and feel of a module is still in the Stone Ages, learners might deem the information unnecessary and outdated as well. Conversion from Flash to HTML represents a perfect opportunity to give your modules a facelift, even if the content will remain largely the same. Adding new graphics and animation can help engage users, improve their mood, and cause them to sit up and take notice of a fresher, more modern module.

Are You Taking Advantage of Technology?

The conversion from Flash to HTML5 will allow your users to access course material on mobile devices, but are you making the most of that connection between learners and smartphone or tablet? Chances are that if your old course was designed in Flash, it doesn’t offer the same interactivity that HTMLL5 allows for in mobile devices.

From swiping to tapping and pinching, converting to HTML5 opens up a new world of tech; if you’re interested in allowing users to do more than just scroll through tech, you have opportunities to modernize the way in which your learners interact with the course. The conversion is the perfect time to add in games, short quizzes, and other interactions that weren’t possible via mobile device before.

Converting from Flash to HTML5 can be like an assembly line: Put Flash courseware in; get HTML5 courseware out. But it also means an opportunity to do better by your learner. As long as you’re making the switch, why not make the update as well?