As you publish your online content, it is important to remember not only who your audience is but where they will access it from. Nowadays, your end users are accessing their learning via laptops, desktops, mobile phones as well as tablets.
According to KCPB “between 2010 and 2015, daily mobile internet usage has grown from 0.4 hours to 2.8 hours”.
That means that learners are seven times more likely to access their learning from their cell phone or tablet. Users access their online learning several times throughout the day using different platforms. That’s why you need to make sure that any content you publish can play seamlessly on all these different devices. As online technology evolves, it may be difficult to keep up to date with the changes taking place. A recent change is important to note here was when major companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft phased out Adobe’s Flash Player from their web browsers and opted for the open and mobile-friendly HTML5.
…So why is this shift relevant for us in the eLearning world?
The shift from flash to HTML5 in web browsers means there needs to be a similar shift from flash-based content to content published to support HTML5. Earlier on, when Adobe’s flash content dominated the e-learning content world, there were very few people who chose to access their online training through their tablets or phones. Nowadays, most learners prefer to “carry” their learning with them wherever they go. Flash’s poor mobile device performance made it weak in comparison to HTML5’s open web standards and mobility.
With that being said, now is the time to ensure that your content is mobile-friendly. Re-publishing your courses for HTML5 will save you the trouble of handling issues that can arise from users not getting the experience they need when trying to access their learning remotely. The good news is that most major authoring tools like Storyline, Captivate, and Lectora support HTML5 publishing. The latest version of Articulate’s Storyline provides users with a choice between 4 different formats: HTML5 only, HTML5 with Flash fallback, Flash with HTML5 fallback and Flash only.
We know what you’re thinking, such tasks can be quite daunting, but if you need assistance or require more info about this process, reach out to us now, we’d be happy to help you.