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RIP Flash – How Google Blocking Flash is Going to Affect Your E-learning

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RIP Flash - How Google Blocking Flash is Going to Affect Your E-learning

As a training manager, you might already know many reasons for migrating from flash-based e-learning courses to HTML5. You might say to support mobile learning, update information easily, or might even consider saving energy. But, Google adds one more reason to the list.

Google recently revealed a plan ‘HTML5 by Default’, according to which Flash will be disabled in its browser, Chrome. As HTML5 offers a more integrated media experience, faster load times, and lower power consumption, Google wants to make it the primary and default experience in Chrome by the fourth quarter of this year.

So how this plan of Google is going to affect your e-learning program?

To access an e-learning course, you first have to login to the Learning Management System (LMS), signup for an e-learning program, and then view the course. You have no other option but to use a web browser, right from the first step. So, a browser is important to access an e-learning course. When you talk about browser usage, w3schools.com, a web developer site’s browser statistics state that 70.4 % of the population worldwide used Chrome as their web browser in April-2016 (an increase of almost 7% from April-2015). Also, the US federal government’s Digital Analytics Program (DAP) states that around two-third of Chrome users in the United States were on a desktop, and one-third via mobile devices. So, when the most used browser in the world is going to block Flash, you will be left with no other option than using either Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (whose usage worldwide was only 5.8 % in April-2016) or any other Flash-supporting browsers to access your flash-based e-learning courses.

Also, the corporate training world is chanting the mantra of microlearning with mobile delivery. With no Flash support in Apple and Android devices, flash-based e-learning courses hardly have chances to enter m-learning and will only be limited to desktop access. But Google blocking Flash in Chrome will leave you with minimum options to access flash-based e-learning even on your desktop.

What’s the solution?

The output of Flash is always in SWF format. When Flash is blocked, the elements in this format will not appear in the browser. So, converting your flash-based e-learning courses into HTML5 would be a wise solution now. Many rapid authoring tools with HTML5 support have entered the e-learning industry. Tools such as Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate give HTML5 output for your elearning courses.

As HTML5 is mobile-friendly, multi-browser compatible, provides rich media, and saves energy, it has almost become a new standard in the e-learning industry. So, don’t you think it’s the time to migrate your flash-based e-learning courses to HTML5?

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