It is not an exaggeration to say that no other web technology has received as much attention as HTML5 from the learning and development community. So, why is this buzz around this latest paradigm in the “online world”? What does it have in store for companies? Let us see how HTML5 can impact the corporate training world.
Courses compatible with mobile devices can be developed
According to Morgan Stanley Research more people would access the Internet using mobile devices than through their desktop computers. So, it is has become absolutely necessary for organizations to develop courses that are mobile device–compatible. Courses developed using Flash cannot be accessed on these devices and this creates a gap in corporate training strategies. HTML5 effectively fills this void.
Saves time and cost
HTML5 can be used to develop responsive eLearning courses that can be accessed seamlessly not only on mobiles but on all devices including desktop computers. This goes a long way in saving precious time and invaluable training dollars as you need to develop only a single course, which can be accessed on all devices.
Cross-platform mobile apps
Apps play a key role in mLearning because they provide learners easy and ready access to the content. Recent developments in technology facilitate easy conversion of existing content in the form of PDF, PPT, audio and video into mobile apps. HTML5 allows creation of web apps that could be accessed on any mobile platform, paving the way for “mLearning sans constraints.”
Online courses can be accessed offline
This is another major advantage of publishing content in HTML5. Using the application cache, you can specify which files the browser can cache and use when the user is offline. So, online courses can now be accessed offline!
Popular course authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Lectora, and iSpring can be used to publish courses in HTML5. However, on the flip side, this paradigm in web technology is not supported effectively by old browsers such as IE7 and IE8 that are used by some companies. Another drawback is that though HTML5 can be used to create interactivities, it trails behind Flash in terms of power and flexibility to create rich, interactive content. Online courses that involve multimedia-rich graphics can be developed easily using Flash without any issues of browser compatibility.
No doubt, these are issues that need to be tackled. But I don’t think that these problems would have a serious impact on the increase in the adoption of HTML5. It is easier and cheaper to switch to a new browser that fully supports this web technology than undergoing the trouble and shelling out extra bucks to create multiple versions of the same online course. Isn’t it? Coming to interactivities, companies need to evaluate the benefits of a single course developed in quick time against a highly interactive content that cannot be accessed on mobiles. They would do well to remember that HTML5 can be used to develop interactivities such as games that are mobile friendly, interactive and fun to play with. You can also embed multimedia and graphical content without any external plug-ins.
Thus, HTML5 has several advantages that far outweigh its drawbacks. Courses developed using HTML5 are indeed the future of corporate training. What do you think?