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Yikes! Flash Is Going Away

If you’re like me, you have certain projects around the house you want to get done, but you keep putting them off because they’re going to be hard to do or just not that much fun. I’m really not looking forward to remodeling my bathroom or painting one of the spare bedrooms. Then I discover family is visiting from out of town, and I have to act sooner rather than later.

I see a similar pattern of procrastination followed by angst in a few learning leaders I’ve been talking to recently. They need to convert their company’s massive Flash-based e-learning library to another authoring tool in order to deliver the e-learning as HTML, but they just don’t want to delve into the hundreds and sometimes thousands of courses that may need to be revised.

You may be thinking, “Why would a company need to redo thousands of course at one time”? Well, in case you haven’t heard, Adobe plans to stop updating and distributing its Flash Media Player by the end of 2020. And many e-learning courses developed earlier than 2016 were most likely created using Flash. Yikes! So you can see what a huge undertaking an audit of a course library might be.

ILG recently hosted a “Let’s Talk Learning” session to discuss the ins and outs of taking on a project like this. Some things to consider include:

  • Deciding whether to convert a course as is, convert and update it, delete it, or completely redesign it
  • Retaining the instructional integrity and richness of your current Flash-based courses
  • Choosing the right tools to author a new course and convert video
  • Redesigning and developing courses for delivery on mobile devices

One of the biggest decisions you must make is whether to do it yourself or hire a professional. Although I can paint the bedroom just fine, I know I’ll never reach the level of quality I need if I try to remodel the bathroom myself.

In the coming months, we’ll be talking about this Flash conversion topic quite a bit, including during a webinar we’ll be conducting with our two programming experts Matt Kurtin, ILG’s senior director of technology and visual design and ILG Programmer Walter Schirmacher.

No matter how you decide to move forward, the time is now. 2020 will be here before you know it.

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