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Question from a client:
Our field teams have been given iPads. iPads don't play Flash. What do we do about our existing flash-based e-learning?I'm going to begin by professing I am not an expert on HTML5, but here's what I've gleaned, and I'd love it if anyone can add to this post. When assessing employees ability to interact with e-learning on their iPad, they need to be able to:
- Navigate the LMS through their iPad
- Play interactive content on their iPad (NOTE: I'm not talking about video - I'm talking about e-learning with interactivity, assessment etc)
Let's start with LMS.We need to check that our LMS is readily navigatable through the iPad. This means that the functionality actually works through the iPad. What's also important is that the interface is rendered for the smaller screen. Some LMS have a mobile App that truncates the navigation so that employees can get to the courses assigned to them easily - think less clicks and bigger buttons. Also, when the course is launched, the screen size must fit right for the device, and the interactive buttons, text input etc must work on the touch screen. These are all important things to test with your LMS, if you are considering any tablet access (and I don't think we can ignore planning to provide table access to LMS).
Now for the content.Most e-learning content is Flash-based. So, we need to begin to:
- Influence our off-the-shelf suppliers to convert their content to HTML5, and provide both options (Flash & HTML5)
- Change our future e-learning development specifications to include both Flash and HTML5 outputs
- Convert our existing bespoke courses to HTML5
- We need to maintain our relationship with our IT people to ensure we are involved in the decision to purchase tablets for employees. We need to know when, for what purpose and what kind.
- We need to educate ourselves on what HTML5 mean to LMS access and to mobile e-learning design. It could be that we need to influence tablet purchase choice to suit our e-learning capability.
- We need to prepare for any additional complexity of providing and managing both Flash (for corporate office access) and HTML5 (for mobile access) options for our courseware - our corporate environment may not be able to play HTML5.
- We need to seriously develop a mobile learning strategy - it's role in enabling staff to learn and to do their job. This may require a rethink about the purpose of your e-learning courses - from just-in-case learning to point of need learning. These are two very different design approaches.
- We need to start questioning our LMS, e-learning off-the-shelf and e-learning content development providers. Articulate your expectations, question their capacity to accommodate HTML5 and get them to commit to timelines.
- If we need to revisit our internally developed e-learning courses, then we need to make sure our source files are in order. I recommend having a strict internal process for keeping source files, and a ledger of some kind to monitor your use of those source files and the output of these.