You might have been hearing a lot about HTML5 and how it is forcing organizations to change the way they get their eLearning courses developed. While it is still an evolving technology, it is being quickly adopted by most web browsers and mobile browsers. Most eLearning courses need to run on latest browsers, and so this becomes an important consideration. Here is how corporate training departments or learning and development departments can benefit from HTML5 output.
Make legacy courses mobile compatible
The problem with eLearning courses that were developed with traditional tools such as Flash or Dreamweaver is that they do not run on mobile devices. Mobile usage has increased significantly and its applications range from booking tickets, accessing information to performing financial transactions. Very soon people expect to perform every activity through their mobile devices and that includes training as well. Organizations need to address that need. Therefore, organizations need to reformat their existing eLearning courses so that they work on mobile devices.
One of the biggest benefits of HTML5 is that it is compatible with mobile browsers. It means users can access courses from their iPads or smartphones in the same way as they would access the courses from their PCs. Converting existing courses, instead of re-creating them from scratch is best way to move forward in the mobile world.
Ensure courses are accessible on multiple devices
HTML 5 is slowly becoming the universally accepted standard across developers creating web pages. This naturally has a great influence on developers creating eLearning courses, as you need a web interface to run eLearning courses. Your employees use multiple devices – laptops, iPads, tablet PCs, desktops or Smartphones. They also might be using different browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer in these different devices.
With HTML5 you can develop a single eLearning course that is accessible from all these multiple devices. There is no need to duplicate the efforts to save the output in multiple formats to make them compatible with different devices. The only caution is that HTML5 works only with the latest browsers. So, if your employees use old browsers, they need to upgrade to the latest ones.
Bid good bye to external plug-ins
While we could embed images into webpages easily, audio and video elements require external plug-ins. As a result, developers came up with their own plug-ins resulting in users having to download multiple plug-ins to access audio or video elements. However, with HTML 5 audio and video elements can be directly integrated into the code. This feature provides greater flexibility and ease to eLearning developers to handle audio and video elements in courses.
HTML5 allows customizing the look and feel of course content similar to that of Flash courses. Rich interactivities can be incorporated into courses to make them engaging without the need for external plugins.
In my next blog, I will touch upon some other benefits that cannot be ignored by organizations. Meanwhile, if you would like to share how HTML 5 output made a difference in your organization, please do share with us here.