If you are reading this, you have decided to adopt mLearning or mobile learning and are evaluating an efficient way to migrate your legacy Flash content to HTML5. Your objective is to provide enhanced flexibility and a better learning experience to your learners. However, there are several issues that you must be aware of as you move forward with migration from Flash to HTML5. Otherwise, you may be losing money in the process and might not meet the required ROI on your investment.
In this article, I will outline what aspects you should watch out for and how the measures recommended here will help you in making a successful migration from Flash to HTML5.
Let’s begin with the two key triggers that include the need for migration and the solution. I quote these two from my earlier article 8 Tips To Convert Flash To HTML5 That Will Help Your Business.
If we look at the solution, the answer to the challenge seems quite straight-forward. So why the warning that you may be losing money? Let me elaborate this further.
At EI Design we have been working on migration from Flash to HTML5 for nearly 5 years now. During this journey, as we converted several hundred hours of Flash content to HTML5, we were able to clearly identify what can potentially go wrong and what one should watch out for. To mitigate this, we established some best practices that will ensure that you avoid losing money during the migration effort.
Here is a listing of our best practices. I had covered some of these aspects in my earlier article 8 Tips To Convert Flash To HTML5 That Will Help Your Business and I am quoting extensively from there in the current context.
The success of any project is in direct proportion to the effort put in the pre-planning stage. We have noted that the success factors during this stage can be enhanced through the following four measures:
Watch out for the following three aspects:
1. Identify the need: Technology update vs. complete redesign.
As highlighted earlier, the nature of value addition sought in a course or a series can vary. You must ascertain how you should plan the migration. Some of the cues could be:
2. Identify what more do you want to achieve as you craft your mobile learning strategy.
Besides providing flexibility to the learners to learn on the device of their choice, it is important to identify the other aspects you may want to address (user experience, learning experience, better retention and performance gain, and so on).
3. Identify the devices to be supported (including the testing methodology).
With the ever expanding range of options available for tablets and smartphones, there is no way you can check your HTML5 courses on all. Instead, identify the key models (for both tablets and smartphones) and have exhaustive test cases for this. During release, do caution the learners on this aspect.
Here you need to watch out for two crucial aspects:
1. Select adaptive vs. responsive designs.
You have two options as you begin the migration from Flash to HTML5. You can opt for:
2. Select the right authoring tool.
Selection of the right tool is a tough decision and this must be done so that it can help you deliver the gains you want to accomplish. Today, there are multiple options to choose from. Besides offering adaptive or completely responsive design capability, the tools can be further classified into rapid development (Articulate Studio 13, iSpring, Adapt, and so on) or standard mobile learning authoring tools (Adobe CS6 with CreateJS, Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora, Articulate Storyline, and so on).
I hope this article will help you in an effective and efficient migration from Flash to HTML5 (without losing money). If you have any questions on how you should create your approach plan for success in this endeavor, do contact me.
You can also refer to my earlier articles on related aspects:
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