Transitioning to multiple platform mobile delivery: eLearning tips for manufacturers
Now that the Flash bandwagon crashed, here’s how to transition to mobile eLearning delivery
The late nineties through 2010 were great years for the brand new idea of moving training to the digital world. With software like Flash and beautiful MPEG video, we threw our paper courses away and broke new ground with CD-ROMS for assemblers, inspectors, installers and distributors.
Then we moved online. Everyone had the latest Flash player in their desktop browsers and Flash even upped the ante with its .flv video format. Now videos were high-quality AND had small file sizes ideal for our brand new high-speed internet connections. I was quite busy producing CD based eLearning courses for manufacturers.
And then came the iPod, the iPhone and finally the iPad. And iFreaked. None of the courses that I had produced previously would work on these devices. My clients started to use iPads, but that meant their libraries of material were suddenly obsolete.
Apple decided that their devices would not use the Flash player or be Flash enabled in any way. Steve Jobs declared, “Flash is dead.” And, except in the world of animation and gaming, his declaration was fortuitous.
In the past few years I have been making the transition to multiple platform delivery, including iOS.
If you’re finding yourself in the same situation, here are a few tips to get your old programs up to speed for today’s technologies:
- HTML coding
Choose an eLearning software platform that outputs HTML, or custom develop in HTML. There are several leading software platforms that are tailored for eLearning and output to HTML and/or HTML5. Examples of these are Adobe Captivate, Lectora, Storyline and Presenter.
This is almost the easy one. Update your videos to MP4s, which are good quality and universally acceptable
Get ready for hi-retina. This can actually be tricky if you have trouble tracking down the original high resolution graphics or images you used many years ago. What you want is at least two (and now three is best) sizes of each image, doubling and tripling in dimension.
- Animated effects
Your old wav or aiff files are best converted to mp3. As with interactivity, most eLearning software will convert your wav files for you so you are still able to use them if you wish.
So get out your dust rag, dig up those archived programs and polish them up with new technologies.