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Flash Is Dying! Keep Calm and Be Strategic

The end of Flash has been talked about for years, and it’s been depicted as a kind of doom that gives the team at LTS “flashbacks” (pun intended!) to the Y2K hysteria. While course updates are necessary (lest your courses start experiencing irreparable glitches starting in January 2021), it’s important not to panic.

Approaching the end of Flash with a strategy can help you stay calm, cool, and collected and get the most value out of updating your courses. Of course, if you have to spend time and money to update your courses, you might as well modernize your courses — and not just update the format of your same, old courses.

Flash Conversion Myths

Common Flash conversion myths include:

“The best strategy is to just convert all the content to HTML5.”

This strategy is a waste of time and money, since you won’t need to convert everything to Flash. In fact, some courses need to be “retired,” and some courses need to be modernized to accommodate today’s business needs.

“The L&D eLearning library has been updated, so our company is safe.”

To ensure there are no issues in January, it’s necessary to evaluate content across your enterprise, including corporate silos. Sales, R&D, and IT organizations are notorious for having their own training content stored on servers.

“Old training has been serving us just fine for years, and we don’t need to change it.”

The death of Flash provides an opportunity to reevaluate what makes training useful for learners. Remember, HTML5 won’t make bad training good — if Flash courses are long, clunky modules, consider breaking them into smaller modules during the conversion process.

Step-by-Step Guide for Flash Conversion

The team at LTS has experience with L&D initiatives, and we find it helpful to have a basic list of steps for Flash conversions. Here’s a high-level overview of our recommended Flash conversion steps:

  • Assessment

Analyze the current state of all content across your organization. Having an understanding of the broader state of your eLearning environment can help you make decisions throughout the Flash conversion process.

  • Diagnosis

Each course should be assigned an action based on your analysis. There are five options:

    • Kill: This action is for the courses whose purpose no longer applies to your organizational goals. These courses should be archived; try not to delete content unless you have to — you never know when this content might be useful once again.
    • Refresh: These courses need minor improvements, and you may only need a few hours to update or refine course content.
    • Replace: These courses serve a purpose but are outdated, so you’ll need to rebuild them from scratch.
    • Break down: These courses have a structure that needs to be adapted to modern learners. You may need to break down longform eLearning courses with lengthy modules. These courses should be broken down into short, objective-based units.
    • Convert: These courses are fine as is, and they can be converted to HTML5 with no updates.
    • Action Plan

Once you know what kind of work you’re facing, you can prioritize tasks accordingly. This means it’s time to create a plan, figure out what resources are required to complete the plan, and share your plan with your stakeholders.

4. Execution

Finally, it’s time to execute your plan and get your courses ready for learners.

Need Help?

LTS’s team has many years of experience working on L&D initiatives, and we offer content assessment and Flash conversion services. To learn more, please contact us today.

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