Tips and Tricks to Unlocking the Potential of eLearning in the Workplace with host Andrew Hughes and guest Alex Salas

When we talk eLearning, we are often considering moving beyond PDFs, MS Word, and Powerpoint. But implementing eLearning in your training program isn’t just about a shift in tools and platform, it’s also about the fundamental question of how you are answering business needs. And just as important, the context within which you are launching your eLearning is a critical component of its success.

So listen in on Andrew Hughes and Alex Salas as they discuss their own “Tips and Tricks to Unlocking the Potential of eLearning”. This is an excellent episode from two highly experienced instructional designers that have worked on eLearning projects big, small and everywhere in-between.

Converting eLearning Courses from Flash to HTML5

The same thing that happened to the cassette, the Walkman, the CD, and the old school mobile phone, is happening to Adobe Flash.Flash is becoming obsolete and Adobe is taking it out of use.Now is the time to think about converting your eLearning training courses from Flash to HTML5.

What is Flash?

This multimedia software platform, formerly known as Macromedia Flash and Shockwave Flash, has been used to create internet, desktop, and mobile applications, as well as animations and mobile games.Flash can capture PC inputs(mouse, keyboard, microphone, camera).It stopped being useful
for newer generations of mobile phones simply because of its slow loading times.

What is HTML5?

HTML5 is a solution stack.It is a complete software platform that doesn ‘t require other software for running applications. It is used to run complex web applications and cross-platform mobile applications. HTML5 offers backward-compatibility and is often preferred by developers because of its enhanced functionality.

Reduce the Costs of Conversion

Any transition to a newer ‘model’
comes with a cost.So, how do you reduce costs while transferring your eLearning training courses from Flash to HTML5?

Rework Course Designs

Take a look at your instructional designs and ask the following questions:

  • Are they usable?
  • Can users relate to the course design?
  • Is the design of your course still considered modern?
  • Are the learning requirements still valid?

If the answer to all of the above questions is yes, then all you need to do is convert the Flash course to HTML5 using the conversion of your choice.Otherwise, you might need to invest a bit of money for a successful course refresh.

Reuse Graphic Assets

The same process as above can be used to figure out whether or not you can reuse your graphic design elements.Ask yourself or your designer some hard questions.See
if you can reuse certain elements and what new elements need to be created or rebranded.

Use Audio Extraction Programs

This one is simple!If you do not have the original audio files, more often than not you’ll be able to extract the audio from your old Flash course. This will save you quite a few pennies since recording the whole course all over again can be very expensive.

Use Video Recording Software

Recording the video portions of your training course will definitely save you a lot of money in the long run. If the quality of your Flash-based video is high, then you’ll want to use a video recording software to extract the best parts of the course for later integration with HTML5.

Steps to Convert from Flash to HTML5

Provided your Flash – based courses are in really good shape, there are a few steps you can follow to migrate the courses to HTML5:

Gather Course Materials

You’ll first need to take stock of what materials you have. An .flv or .swf extension indicates that a file is Flash-based. Refer back to your initial instructional design files. You’ll be able to source video and audio files, animations, graphics, and other useful content that you can include in your new HTML5 course.

Evaluate and Categorize Content

Next, you ‘ll need to evaluate the materials and categorize them based on the resources available. You might have courses that were directly developed in Flash, that require a Flash player, or that contain Flash components. Based on this, you will need to group the content without source files, with pertinent content, useful convertible components, and courses that need a complete do-over, together.

This will help you figure out which courses can be retired, redesigned, or can be converted immediately.

Create a Plan

Your course of action will differ depending on each category and its requirements.For courses that are missing source files, the process can be longer.You ‘ll most likely need to remake these courses from scratch with HTML5.

The files that contain relevant information can be republished with newer versions of the authoring tool they were first published with.This will give you the opportunity to choose an authoring tool that allows HTML5 output.

If you have courses with Flash – based elements that you need to keep, finding the right development software is crucial.Similarly, courses that might need a complete redesign will benefit from a new instructional design analysis.

Use Different Strategies Depending on Each Course

Now that you have your categories and the relevant plan for conversion, you ‘ll need to treat each course based on its conversion requirements. If you have simple, low-interaction courses with missing source files, your best bet is to record them in MP4 format. You’ll use these laterwhile building the course in HTML.A similar treatment might be needed
for courses that need a redesign.Still, these courses might call for a more complex instructional design strategy since you might need to include various learning delivery methods, such as microlearning or computer-based learning.

Using the right authoring tool is crucial, as this will allow you to retain Flash elements
while outputting to HTML5.

Conclusion

Converting eLearning courses from Flash to HTML5 doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Make a checklist of the steps and be sure to do the proper planning beforehand. If you need more insights, check out our other useful blog posts. Otherwise, delegate the work to a professional company that can quickly convert the courses for you.

Read Also: Knowing When to Update Your Current Online Training

Video Friday – Happy Trails with Sam Rogers, Matt Pierce, and Brent Schlenker

 

Video Friday brings Sam Rogers and Matt Pierce into the window with Brent. Luis dropped into talk about the future of TLDCast. They kick off the best day in video with a talk about videos that were shot at TLDC19 and jump into a reflection on past video Fridays.

We seal up the last official TLDCast with Brent at the help with a GONG and move on to a different way of interacting with the community.

  1. The future of TLDC with Luis
  2. Techsmith Academy
  3. Video interview challenges
  4. Video Friday archive
  5. Tech over technique
  6. What’s next for Brent

Morning Intro Song Lyrics:

TRAINING

IT’S THE THING THAT WE MAKE

TO MAKE LEARNING

BUT NOT FOR LEARNING’S SAKE

WE WANT DEVELOPMENT

FOR THE PEOPLE WE SERVE

AND WE WANT TO CHAT ABOUT IT

 

SCHLENKER

HE’S BEEN THE FACE OF THE SHOW

LUIS MALBAS

BEHIND THE SCENES AS YOU KNOW

THEN THERES ALL OF US

WE MAKE EVERYTHING GO

BECAUSE ITS ALL ABOUT CONNECTION

 

That’s why we’re part of the

T L D C

Thank you for being the

T L D C

 

Links in the chat:

https://academy.techsmith.com/

https://twitter.com/piercemr/status/1090048722770178048?s=12

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyEN45dP-0eG_UVOcC7ydnQ

brentschlenker@mac.com

https://www.dominknow.com/idiodc

https://www.livevideoblueprint.com/

www.peoplefirm.com/seedsofinsight

Watch the Playback:

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/035119

Picture: Jan Tinneberg

 

Video Friday – Special Guest Amanda Kaufmann of Thrasher Editorial

Video Friday brings Sam Roger and Brent Schlenker co-hosting and talking with a guest, Amanda JS Kaufmann. She is a producer and an authoring specialist with comprehensive publishing and production experience in academics, technology, and healthcare. With her network of A/V professionals, Kaufmann has directed and produced video projects across the country and is expanding her reach with independent film projects. They discuss techniques in front of and behind the camera and video in general.

  1. Amanda’s history
  2. Pre production
  3. Knowing your audience
  4. Working with teams
  5. Budgets
  6. Taking on jobs
  7. Shipping equipment
  8. Shoot setup

Links in the chat:

https://go-vlc.com/

https://thrashereditorial.com/

Watch the Playback:

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/030819

Picture: Laura Lee Moreau

Open Forum – Mobile Phones, AR/VR, and Interactivity.

Monday starts the Learning and Development week with an open forum. All suggestions taken and we started with the big question of Mobile Learning; where it has come and where it is going, if anywhere. It continued through AR/VR solutions and responsive design and Kevin Thorn of Learning Nuggets jumped into a window and shared some practical insight.

  1. Mobile learning
  2. Practical uses
  3. Responsive design
  4. VR/AR

Links in the chat:

https://go-vlc.com/

https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/6/18128648/microsoft-edge-chrome-chromium-browser-changes

https://tumult.com

https://www.siyonatech.com/portfolio/case-studies/

https://www.curiscope.com/products/virtuali-tee

https://unity3d.com/

Watch the Playback:

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/030419

Picture: Patrick Schneider