Instructional Design

eLearning Design: Why HTML5 is King

Developing a great eLearning curriculum in line with future eLearning trends is all about the bells and whistles. One of the main benefits of going online for learning is the addition of things like videos, apps and other media to engage and motivate your learners with the latest in technology. When designing new apps and media, you’ll find that most developers fall into one of two categories: Flash users and HTML5 lovers. Find out why the latter is onto something.

HTML5 is More Compatible

It’s no secret that Apple and Flash have never seen eye-to-eye: Hence the fact that iOS doesn’t support Flash. That’s why most developers are making the switch to HTML5: It’s more universally compatible across platforms, browsers and operating systems, which is perfect for a set of learners who may be using different devices to access programs.

It Doesn’t Require Plug-ins

Anyone trying to view a video which requires extra plug-ins can tell you how frustrating it is to stop progress, download and then install the necessary software just to see a short clip. HTML5 plays automatically, which means there’s no reason to download plug-ins and continuously update outdated and buggy software. That means faster access to your material and less frustration.

It Isn’t Proprietary which Means No Royalities

When your designer codes using other Flash, he has to pay Adobe for the privilege – the same with paying Microsoft to code in Silverlight. But HTML5 is non-proprietary, which means no one “owns” it. You get to skip the royalties, which means more capital to put toward building the best programs and apps possible.

It Works for Everything

Apps, animation, video, music, presentations – the list goes on and on. HTML5 works for just about any type of media or feature you want to incorporate into your eLearning instructional design, so you have creative freedom.