Migrating Legacy Flash Courses Is Still Worth The Money

Who would have thought that the once popular Flash which is still loved by many would slowly be phased out and replaced by HTML5 and other responsive ready frameworks? I share my perspective on why migrating relevant Flash courses is still worth the money.

The Best Practices Of Migrating Legacy Flash Courses

I still love Flash!

Don’t get me wrong. I still love Flash. I have seen extremely rich and interactive courses being developed in Flash over the years. However, the matter of the fact is that Adobe Flash has been dropped from all popular browsers and the support for Flash is going to be stopped completely from 2020 onwards. Currently, users need to activate Flash manually on browsers supporting Flash.

So, should organizations having their legacy courses with really good content be scrapped completely? Of course not.

Already, several organizations have migrated their legacy courses to HTML5, and as we read this article, some are migrating, while others are contemplating to migrate or rebuild the courses from scratch.

Your learning team may not have the resources or HTML5 skills to convert the courseware. This is a huge challenge to every organization who still has Flash courses in use. But you need not worry anymore!

What Can You Do To Address This Challenge?

I bet you are going to like this. If you have any legacy Flash courses still relevant to your learners, you have multiple options to consider for Flash to HTML5 migration as listed below.

1. Straightforward Migration

Migrate Flash courses to HTML5 compatible easily using services like MigrateEazy. You need to only have your Flash source files for this migration strategy. Your existing courses will look alike when they are migrated. They can work seamlessly on PC and Tablet post-migration.

2. Visual Enhancement And Migration

Enhance the visuals of the courses by revisiting the User Interface, key design elements and continue to use the Flash source files to migrate them with ease using services like MigrateEazy. Again, these migrated courses work on seamlessly on PC and Tablet.

3. Ground Up Approach

This approach can be used If your content is still relevant or content updates need to be made to meet the changing needs of the organization/learners. Accordingly, we can strategize to rebuild them using latest learning strategies. While doing this, you can consider having these courses be only compatible with PC or tablets or make it fully responsive to work on Smartphones too.

The first option is the most economical one followed by the second option. The third option requires additional planning, skillsets and time in identifying the right strategy and then you can carry out the development.

Is Migration An Easy Process?

Migrating legacy Flash to HTML5 is an easy process using services like MigrateEazy. These are highly flexible and agile solutions to migrate legacy eLearning courses easily for HTML5 delivery. Irrespective of the legacy authoring tool used for your course development, these solutions help you develop the HTML5 version of the course easily by mapping the right templates to your existing content without compromising on the required functionalities.

The repository of HTML5 templates ensures that the migration of your legacy content to HTML5 is a smooth process with aesthetically appealing learner experience, cost-effective designs and modern layouts.

Experience Of Migrating Courses

We have successfully migrated more than 730 courses so far. With this vast experience, our team of experienced instructional and usability specialists will work closely with your team to create cost-effective yet instructionally, visually, and functionally rich designs to meet your project requirements.

Be it a need for straightforward migration or visually enhancing them or do a ground-up approach, we will create a smooth journey for your team.

How Can They Be Impactful?

As Flash had innumerous features and possibilities, expectations have been to replicate the same in HTML5 too. Today, everyone is accepting what really is feasible in HTML5 compatible development tools.

However, if the source of the legacy course is in Flash, then we will be able to retain the same experience for the learner even after migration, this is possible for both straightforward migration and subtle visual enhancement. When a migration strategy is a ground-up approach, then we will need to factor for the authoring tool that is used before deciding on the experience it can offer to the learners.

A couple of examples of migrated courses are given below:

Example 1: This course, which was on a technology subject was still relevant when the decision to migrate it was taken. Hence, we had to only change the look and feel of the User Interface and retain all the visuals and text as is for the migration.

You can see the screens for before and after below:

Before Migration

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After Migration

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Example 2: The original course on Drug Discovery had a dated design but the content was quite relevant. Hence the content was slightly updated to meet the current trends. We took the course source files, modified the content and redesigned the course.

You can see the before and after below:

Before Migration

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After Migration

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Conclusion

At Tesseract Learning, we have helped numerous organizations in migrating legacy courses in Flash to HTML5 using varied strategies as explained above. If you have legacy Flash courses and wondering how to migrate the relevant courses, we can be of help to you.

Our design strategists are the right experts you can turn to for the migration solutions. To discuss how we can help migrate your Flash content to HTML5, do write to me at suresh@tesseractlearning.com.

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Adobe Captivate Toolbar is too small to see

As you can see I have 2 images the 1st is a perfect scaling. The 2nd image is what has happened to me this week. The scaling has reduced in size making it impossible to see anything. I haven’t changed anything on my computer and even when I have done it makes no difference to captivate itself.

Please help!

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Trying and failing to print a page from a Captivate module

Hi all,

In one of my e-learning courses, I’ve created print buttons that allow the user to print certain pages of interest; in another, a custom Certificate. (certificate widget is not suitable for my purposes)

For both I’ve used the JS window.print() command. That works, the printer dialog opens, I print preview… outcome is a blank page.

I’ve adjusted the browser settings to allow background printing (as mentioned in another post), still the same.

I’m using Captivate 2017 (with latest update) on a Windows 10 machine & publish in html5. I’ve tried IE11, Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Chrome browsers.

Can anyone help? What am I doing wrong? Is there an alternative?

Many thanks for any suggestions you may have.

Kat

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Webinar: How to Choose an Authoring Tool: Essential Checklist – Tuesday 19 June 2018, 09:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Let’s face it: we all need a little help sometimes. Whether you’re a manager, an instructional designer, a developer, a programmer, or some combination—no matter what your role is, sooner or later you need to choose an authoring tool to develop eLearning content. But how to decide? In this topic, we’ll discuss various criteria and decision points to help you figure out which authoring tool is the best fit for you. At the end of the session, attendees will be provided with their own essential checklist to help them choose.

After this webinar, you should have a better understanding of: 
•  Your eLearning project goals and objectives 
•  Level of interactivity you need in your eLearning content 
•  Categories of eLearning authoring tools available 
•  Using media in your eLearning project 
•  Ways of engaging your learners 
•  Making your course accessible 
•  Key points when test-driving a new authoring tool

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Suicide Awareness

So often L&D professionals are expected to be the positive face of the companies we work for. Much like entertainers or self-help speakers, we have to be ‘on’ from morning until night. If we wake up that morning and are not feeling great, there seldom is someone who can step in and cover for us. As an instructor or facilitator, you know that an entire classroom of people are waiting for you and if there was ever a profession where you were going to be judged by your appearance and demeanor, this is it. It is not as easy as some of us make it look.

When I first got into learning and design, I was a facilitator who was responsible for training across the country. The first time I got to go out and conduct training, it was exciting and new. I got to travel to other parts of my country for the first time and see places I might never have seen.

Unfortunately, the novelty of traveling for work wears off very quickly and you are left with just the mundane parts. It’s mostly living out of a suitcase, eating nothing but take-out food that a low per diem allows. I had to be the first to arrive and the last to leave each day. As I already mentioned you had to maintain a positive, professional demeanor, even when you woke on the wrong side of the bed. Afterward, I would return to my hotel room, dine by myself and often have nothing to do until it was time to go to sleep. Between cities I would often spend many hours in airports, again eating terrible food only to endure a multi-hour flight to the next city to conduct the same training all over again. I’ve never been diagnosed with depression or other mental health issues but I could see how these circumstances would compound the already difficult aspects of our life in L&D.

And even now that I have shifted from instructor-led training to eLearning design, there are difficult times. Much of eLearning design and development is completed in isolation. Companies don’t always allow or can afford to have their designer, developers visit on-site locations to conduct a needs analysis. Instead, you are in an office cubicle staring at a computer screen for much of the day and your only connection to the outside world is email and voicemail.

As a freelance designer, I can get stuck in my home for many hours and sometimes days at a time. It’s important for me to put down my computer mouse and get dressed and go out and do something else for a period of time. There is more to life than just work. My wife and I make sure that two or more times per year we get on an airplane and go somewhere such as a tropical destination for a week at a time. If for no other reason than to relax and take it easy.

Of course, I understand that with depression, you can’t just ‘be happy’. But for those of us who have not been diagnosed with such issues, yet you suspect that you may suffer from mental health issues, please talk to someone. Maybe it’s just a friend or trusted co-worker to start, but maybe that leads you to someone who can offer professional support. In addition, it’s important for all of us to be aware of our friends and colleague’s mental health and be there for them in their times of need. Find out what support systems are available at work or in the community.

Here in Canada, we have the Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566 and in Quebec we have the Association québécuise de prévention du suicide: 1-866-APPELLE. If you are outside of Canada please take the time to find the equivalent support system for your community and make sure you have this information on hand for yourself and your colleagues.

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Is Adobe XD an authoring tool to develop eLearning courses?

Hi,

I would like to seek advice from Adobe experts in understanding if we can use Adobe XD as an authoring tool similar to Captivate or others in developing eLearning course at all.

Any inputs and guidance will be helpful.

 

 

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5 Key Benefits Of Aligning Training To Company Vision And Brand

Corporate training, or custom learning, when aligned to the company’s vision, strategic goals, and brand helps the company reap several benefits when done the right way.

Why Aligning Training To Company Vision And Brand Is Beneficial To You

Every company seeks training programs to transform its employees in terms of knowledge, skills, and even, attitudes. Indeed, a company can reap several advantages in the long run when it aligns its corporate training to the company vision, brand, and strategic goals.

Looking For An Extra Mile?

A training program is usually aimed at increasing the employees’ knowledge and skill levels, which in turn results in increased productivity. However, you soon realize that this is only a short-term benefit. The productivity increase soon tapers off, employee morale decreases, and attrition levels increase. You start wishing for your engagement and training programs to go an extra mile…to go beyond imparting knowledge and skills, and to influence your employees’ attitudes and behaviors.

A training program that not just informs and teaches, but also inspires, motivates, and builds a relationship between your employee and your company! Seems like a dream? Well, it can be your reality…just read on to learn how!

What’s The Bigger Picture?

When you align your custom learning with your company’s vision, brand, and strategic goals effectively, you actively engage your employees and help them “work for you” rather than “work with you”.

For a company, the brand represents the company’s core beliefs, values, and practices that it promises to uphold. Great care is taken to create a company brand. Employees play a vital role in maintaining the company brand.

Employees must imbibe the brand values and corporate beliefs in their everyday work routine. Management must also reinforce their commitment to the brand values through their actions. Aligning training to strategic goals is one example of such an action.

When you are planning to bring about a change within the organization, for example, introducing a new software, you can deploy a training to help the employees adapt to the change faster. Usually, change is met with resistance of the employees who fear they may lose their jobs or become irrelevant to the company. Providing a training will not only ensure a smooth transition but also endear the company to its employees, who will realize that the management is committed to safeguarding its employees’ interests.

Use of the company’s branding colors on the training materials can help the employees build an association with the company. Video messages from the CEO welcoming the learners or a video message from the CTO highlighting how the adoption of a new technology can help the company become a market leader add credibility to the training.

Best Practices

You can align your custom learning to your branding and vision by following some best practices. These are enumerated next:

1. Identify What Your Most Important Objectives Are

Break them down into the specific training steps you need to achieve the objectives.

2. Discuss With Learning Strategists

The learning strategists can provide insights on the optimal training program appropriate for your company. However, it is important that you agree with how training program is aligned with your corporate strategy.

3. Prioritize Training Programs

Those that have a greater impact on brand and strategic goals need to be deployed at the earliest.

4. Provide Relevant And Appropriate Training Programs

Training aimed at employees should help them adapt their behavior to the brand. Provide rewards that encourage employees to align their attitudes to the company brand. Issuing a certificate at the end of a training program is one example.

5. Project The Company Image Onto The Learners

This can be done by adding various elements such as a mascot or a mentor as well as video messages from top management or experts. In addition, handy job aids can be added to the learning experience and connect with the learners.

6. Measure Effectiveness And Reassess Training

If you do not evaluate the impact and effectiveness of your training program against your strategic goals, you may end up wasting your employees’ time. Develop clear and measurable metrics to evaluate employees before and after the training program.

5 Key Benefits Of Aligning Training To Company Vision

Here’s a snap-shot of the 5 key benefits that can be accrued by aligning your custom learning to your strategic goals:

1. Increase In Productivity

Reach the desired productivity level sooner than expected and sustaining the growth. An example from one of our customers’ success story is employees resolving a number of technical problems and proactively acting to prevent recurrence.

2. More Return On Investment In Training

Short-term gains in terms of increased knowledge and better skills of resources to long-term gains by way of transformation in employees’ attitudes. This ensures that employees are more loyal, committed, hard-working, and involved in their work thereby reducing attrition.

3. Decrease In Errors/Cost/Conflicts

Adopt new processes faster and achieve more savings. An example of this is that employees make fewer mistakes; get rewarded by pay hikes, bonuses on a profit-sharing basis and ensure they are more motivated and a happy workforce.

4. A Decrease In The Number Of People Required For The Job While Increasing Their Competencies

Organizations achieve balance by improving on resources utilized. Further, employees can perform new roles. An example of this is that employees are free to take on more responsibilities as well as develop their competencies and skills.

5. Increase In Effectiveness Of Training

Metrics and data can be used to evaluate how effective training is in achieving strategic goals. Example of this is that employees find training content relevant and transfer their learnings to the job effectively.

What Next?

It is not enough to be in awe of the long-term benefits of custom learning. Ensuring that your custom learning delivers these benefits, requires careful deliberations and possibly discussions with ID Strategists. Consider some questions:

  • How to reap the long-term benefits of custom learning, but don’t know how?
  • How can you be assured that your training is aligned with your company’s goals?
  • How to ensure your new hires remain loyal to your company?
  • What if you wanted to measure how much your custom learning contributes to your company reaching its set goals?

At Tesseract Learning, our ID Strategists have been working with Learning and Development Managers and SMEs for our global customers in developing optimal Custom Learning solutions. To know more, please get in touch with me at suresh@tesseractlearning.com.

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How to turn the staff training to contribute in the goals of an organization?

 

Every business will have their own goals to achieve and they make every possible effort to accomplish these goals effectively and efficiently. A very common goal that we find in most of the product/ service based companies is, providing an effective on-job training to up skill the staff. The best approach to meet the training goal is to establish direct connection between business goals and training.

In this blog we will discuss how we can connect business goals with training outcomes i.e. learning objectives?

Organizations should adopt a Top-down approach to reap maximum benefits out of their training efforts. The business goals should guide to define the skill sets and knowledge it requires in workforce.

But this transition is not simple as it appears to be. Generally, the business goals are defined in broader perspective and in different parameters – something which are defined in terms of monetary, market-share, technological advancements. These are quite different than an individual’s achievements as training outcomes.

This means,

“The broader organizational goals should be converted into learnable as well as measurable individual achievements – in terms of specific knowledge and skill sets that enable an individual (a human resource) to achieve broader goals of an organization”

Turn Business Goals into Learning Objectives

Learning and Development (L & D) professionals or Instructional Designers are responsible to align aims of learning with business needs.

Step 1 – Analysis: Analyze the business needs and workforce current capabilities

The business goals may not be described in measurable terms, but they must be put-in using plain and specific terminology that describes those best.

Sample business goal areas are as follows:

  • Increasing market share to ____% in 6 months
  • Lowering production cost to ___% in 12 months
  • Increase marketing team to ____ numbers in 3 months
  • Improve customer service with not more than 10% of tolerance in failing to fix complaints on-time

Against to these business goals, check the current capabilities of the corresponding workforce. This is to identify the gap between what is the current competency and what is required to meet these goals. List down all the gaps in accordance with their priority to meet respective business goals.

Step 2 – Define: Break broader business goals into specific and measurable learning objectives

Define all the gaps using specific and measurable terms such as Bloom’s verbs. Each gap may require multiple skills and knowledge areas, so list down the learning objectives as many as required to achieve business goals fully and effectively.

For example,

Business Goal: Improve customer service with not more than 10% of tolerance in failing to fix complaints on-time

Identified Gaps:

  • Customer care executives are not completely aware of the product features that company sells.
  • Customer care executives are not able to describe product features as mentioned in product manuals.

Learning Objectives:

  • List the product features as they are in the user manual supplied with the product.
  • Explain features using the terminology used in corresponding product technical manuals.

Conclusion

In step 2, you must have noticed how the business goal is transformed into learning objectives. The effectiveness of these transformation lies on the ability of L & D professional. After we develop learning objectives, we need to evaluate them; and the best approach is to develop sample content for each objective and check whether it is relevant in achieving the corresponding business goals.

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HTML5 Interactions: Why business platforms are converting Flash courses

Over the years, eLearning developers have used Flash in developing the courses. The coding process had been complicated until HTML5 made its way onto the scene. Previously, the developers used tools like XML, Java, and Flash to code the courses. However, HTML5 has now become popular and it is being extensively used to develop the eLearning courses. You can now convert flash courses to html5, where the readers find it more comfortable to read the course materials.

The numbers of mobile devices through which the learners are accessing the course materials are increasing at a rapid pace than ever before. As a result, it is becoming more difficult and impractical to develop different versions of eLearning courses for particular devices. This is why the HTML5 based authoring tools are being used to develop these courses. Using HTML5 in developing these eLearning courses comes with several advantages. These can design templates, responsive course outputs, multimedia elements that are easily accessible, screen recording features and other elements using HTML5. These features are important for developing interactive eLearning courses. It is necessary for eLearning platforms to convert their Flash-based courses to HTML5.

You should know the vast range of features that HTML5 presents you with. Engaging your learners is important, while you disseminate the knowledge to them. This fulfills the deficit created due to the absence of an instructor in a really effective manner. Therefore, you need to integrate the courses with the relevant interactive features. With the html5 interactions integrated in the course materials, the learners can have a good experience while going through the course. You need to get your Flash-based course converted to HTML5. Here, you will come across the most popular features of HTML5.

Trigger-based interactions

The eLearning developers can create highly interactive courses based on trigger. Here, the objects in the course perform the actions, based on the learner’s inputs. It has got trigger-based interactions, which occur when two objects separate, intersect or become visible. The rapid authoring tools based on HTML5 enable the developers to trigger actions based on logic. They can come up with binary fields, through which they can capture and track the responses of the learners. Various actions can be triggered on the basis of these responses.

Responsive objects

When you are using HTML5, the data needs to be represented in plain static format. The developers can add various interactive elements like buttons, sliders, dials, light boxes, markers, and data entry fields when they are using an authenticating tool. This allows the learners to explore the relationship between cause and effect, manipulate the data, control objects and so on. Besides, you can make the courses exciting in other new ways. The learners can also receive information in the form of eBooks, where you can add page turning effects. You can also use timeline interaction, that will enable them to chronologically visualize the historical events. Integrating HTML5 in eLearning enhances the overall learning experience.

Interactions based on mobile interface

One of the best benefits of using HTML5 in developing eLearning courses is the mobile-interface based interactions. The converted courses are compatible with mobile devices, and support gestures on the touchscreen, like dragging, swiping, double tap and so on. The learners get a better learning experience, with these features on your eLearning courses. The Learning Management System also interacts with learners, sending them notifications, requesting them to complete the courses that are pending and keeps them updated regarding the availability of new learning materials. You can seek flash to html5 conversion services from an established company to integrate these features on your platform.

Scalable vector graphics

The scalable vector graphics (SGV) files, unlike GIF, JPEG or PNG files, are scalable and does not suffer a loss in quality. Besides, these files are of small size. These vector images cannot be used to create high-quality projects. Most of the time, the quality undergoes a loss and the resolution gets distorted. Using HTML5 based authoring tools, you can define various complex shapes, such as SVG graphics, which can be used as feedback captions or buttons. This can help the developers in creating interactive infographics, making the static images attractive. Today, most of the business firms dealing with eLearning are getting their course materials converted to HTML5. Competition in the industry is rising, and every company wants to bring their learners a seamless experience.

Evidently, HTML5 comes with a number of useful features, which enable the learners to enjoy a better eLearning experience. Besides, it takes little effort in creating the courses. This is one of the most important advantages of using HTML5 in eLearning courses. As compared to Flash, the effort required to develop these courses is only a fraction.

You can reach out to a reputed and established flash to html5 conversion company and seek their services in developing the course materials. This will refine the learning experience, besides minimizing your efforts. Hiring a professional service provider is never going to be a futile investment as the impact created by interactivity through HTML5 is really high.

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How to cope with Autoplay turned off?

Intro

Since I follow the forums daily (and moderate the Jive forum for Captivate) I have seen a lot of threads appearing about version 10.0.1.285 where AutoPlay is automatically disabled for all HTML output, not only for responsive projects like in previous versions. Reason is that the most recent version of Chrome decided to ban Auoplay from all ‘websites’, which means also from eLearning courses running in a web browser.

Learner Experience

Focus of any eLearning developer is to offer the learner an engaging, well-designed course, The default look of a published HTML course (responsive or not) with Autoplay turned off is not so nice: blank screen (eventually on a background color matching the later colors of the course) with a default black Play button. A couple of weeks ago I described my workflow to improve that first look by adding a poster image, replacing the Play icon and eventually taking out the dimming of the poster image. If you missed it, this is the link:

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However this workflow could be improved.

Feature Requests – HELP!

I live in Belgium with the official motto ‘Unity is Strength‘.

That is also valid for requests to the Adobe Team. The workflow described in that blog post would takes less time if these feature requests were fulfilled:

  1. Being able to use one of the slides as Poster image.
    I logged this feature requests several times, even when only publishing to SWF existed. At this moment you need to create the poster image which can be done by taking a snapshot, but pointing to a slide would be quicker.
  2. Being able to have several Play icons, to replace the Play icon by a custom graphic,  or at least to be able to edit the colors.
    For the workflow I described Administrator rights are needed to replace the original Play icon in the installation folder by an empty icon.
  3. Being able to edit the dimming percentage of the poster image.
    At this moment you need to edit the Alpha percentage in the CPM.JS file created in the published folder. Reason for that dimming is to make the default Playbar button stand out from the background poster image. If the second feature request is realized, where you can replace that button by a custom button, the dimming percentage is not that important. But with the described workflow the image for the Play button is part of the poster image and that looks strange.

Please, take a minute to launch this requests. You can use my texts, no problem. Here is a direct link to the request form:

Feature Request

THANKS!

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