EFFICIENT HTML5 CONVERSION
Previously we talked about what a great e-Learning experience students can get if the content is spread on different devices. The lion's share of these devices are tablets and smartphones, which, as you know, do not support Flash.
You also know that there is a lot of prominent content that could be amazing for the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) lessons, but, yet again, they are written on Flash and have to stay on the desktop. Well, we would not call ourselves e-Learning experts if we did not know what to do about that issue. Yes, we have a good solution, but before we brag, let us talk a bit more about the subject.
The eLearning industry is evolving. Curriculum is becoming more interactive and more suitable for the smaller screen. Consequently, HTML5, thanks to its versatility and its variety of features, has become a distinctive eLearning development language for the majority of the education community. Traditionally, Flash has been a favourite among eLearning developers due to its interactivity, high quality of graphics, and support for animated content. However, in 2010, Steve Jobs famously declared Flash to be buggy and resource hungry and the whole world moved to HTML5. He claimed that HTML5 will win over the mobile world and here we are. At the end of the day, it indeed can play audio, video, 2D/3D graphics, and animation, all without a plugin. Additionally HTML5 also promised to give hardware access and offline storage. It is becoming obvious that e-Learning enterprises and developers have no choice but to convert Flash-based courses into HTML5.
This is leading to the growing trend of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) worldwide. Learners in schools, universities, and at work are using their personal devices to access information and finish the tasks they have started on their desktop. There is a prediction that in a little while, half of all employers will require employees to supply their own device for work purposes. We are not surprised that schools do this already. Therefore, we need a technology that can be built once and delivered everywhere. That is HTML5.
HTML5 allows creation of all courses for all screen sizes and devices, and thus is able to reach a wide audience. Therefore, all Flash-based training content will miss a large audience that is accessing course content via smartphones or iPads. Courses developed in HTML5 can be accessed on any of the leading browsers like Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Midori, and many others. It has gotten to the point where the HTML5 product can be used on any device without additional software. This way, it is easier for learners to access HTML5-based courses as opposed to Flash-based courses.
In addition, HTML5 content runs faster than Flash applications. Students do not like to wait for too long, and this makes HTML5 very popular too. There are a few drawbacks associated with HTML5 that you should keep in mind. One of the most significant limitations is that it does not work on older browsers, such as Internet Explorer 8. Despite this, you can see there are many reasons why HTML5 has an edge over Flash in the area of eLearning. We believe there is no way to escape from Flash to HTML5 conversion, at least in the predictable future.
A couple of years ago, we developed a special tool, called MobiCon - a software (SaaS) for development and maintenance of HTML5-based apps, including eLearning digital content. MobiСon makes it possible to import existing graphics in popular formats, such as Flash. MobiCon is dedicated to adapting output digital content on mobile devices (iOS, Android). It is integrated with JS/HTML5 frameworks, including eLearning-specific ones. MobiCon is a good solution for creating HTML5-based eLearning digital content (both from scratch and based on existing FLASH files). The software is useful for Publishers, Universities, Vendors, and other players in the eLearning digital content market. So why do we think that MobiСon is THE tool for e-Learning content conversion?
- First, MobiСon is not aimed at automatically converting all the content, like most of the similar software. It is more flexible, and gives you a choice of what you want to convert, which makes it possible to get the most accurate result.
- Second, unlike non-e-learning conversion software, MobiСon has just enough tools for creating and modifying code lines.
- Third, MobiСon “understands” the featured behaviour of each mobile platform and adapts the output to fit.
- Last but not least, it does not require installing additional software.