Flash is dead

Flash will be completely removed from all browsers at the end of this year. After more than 23 years of use, it’s over and out for the plug-in. The most commonly used browsers – Edge, Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox – will stop supporting Flash. What consequences will this have for your existing e-Learning modules and what is the solution? Here’s what you need to know.

Why does Flash stop?

“I’m trying to start the module, but I’m asked to install the Flash Player first.”
Sounds familiar? This sentence was the source of a lot of Flash aggravation but it’s not the only reason:

  • HTML5 has revolutionized the web. This language makes it possible to display complex and dynamic content.
  • The rise of smartphones and tablets demanded simple web content without installing plug-ins or special settings.
  • Apple refused to integrate this plug-in as early as 2010.
  • Due to security problems: the Flash Player can access various parameters on your computer, such as the microphone.
  • Flash, with more than 300 vulnerabilities, is a target for malware.
  • Flash content consumes a lot of battery and bandwidth.

For which e-Learning modules is this a problem?

  • For e-Learning developed in native Flash.
  • For e-Learning with an authoring tool that produces Flash output.
  • For e-Learning developed with elements such as interactivity, images and animations created in Flash.

Is there any way I could still use the e-Learnings in the future?

Yes, by converting your Flash e-Learning into an HTML5 module. In some cases this can easily be done, in others it’s not quite that simple. This depends on the complexity of the module and the software used to develop the e-Learning.

What is the benefit of HTML5?

The biggest advantage of HTML5 is that it enables ‘responsive design’. This means that the design for mobile devices is dynamically adjusted based on the size of the browser window. As a result, training courses can be followed not only on desktop but also on tablet or phone.  Moreover, HTML5 content is easier to edit than Flash content. The implementation of adjustments or the development of new e-Learning modules is a lot faster.

Choose the right solution

Depending on the format of your existing e-Learning module and your future learning needs, you can opt to republish, rebuild or redesign your courses.

Have you published your course with an older version of an authoring tool (such as Articulate 2) and do you have the source file? Then your course can be converted to HTML5 using the latest version of this tool (Articulate 360).

To rebuild courses developed in software that is now obsolete, using a new authoring tool, while maintaining the original content and approach.

Redesigning the e-Learning taking into account the new learning needs/possibilities: update of the instructional design, reconfiguration to a new type (such as microlearning for example).

We’re Happy to Help

Would you like to know if your existing e-Learning was created in Flash or works with Flash elements? Check it with our technical team. We’ll look into it for you, free of charge, and let you know what the possibilities are. Please feel free to contact us.