Transitioning your flash assets to HTML5? Here’s what you need to know

Irene Tsahas November 19, 2020
By now, it is well known that Adobe will be discontinuing Flash support after December 2020. However, this change is in many respects long overdue, as the new educational technology landscape requires courses to be formatted in a way that is compatible with mobile devices and tablets. Although it can be daunting to convert your course content from Flash to HTML5 and meet the upcoming deadline, this post is meant to assist in easing your transition.    Follow this five-step process to ensure the successful conversion of your eLearning content from Flash to HTML 5:  Step 1: Determine the courses that need to be converted based on priority
  • Start by identifying all Flash courses that need to be converted to HTML5
  • Prioritize them to ensure that the most important courses are completed first
  • Know, if possible, the type of authoring tool the courses were designed with, as the conversion method can vary depending on that.
  Step 2: Find the original assets from the courses 
  • Flash assets include images, text, interactivities, and animations
  • If you have access to original course files, you will not have to restore the assets and instead create the course in HTML5 easily
  • This helps to determine whether course elements and Flash assets should be re-created to make the course compatible with HTML5
  Step 3: Decide between the two types of conversion for each course
  1. 1. Rebuild the course 
  • This is needed  when you don’t have the original asset files
  • Older courses will benefit from an upgrade to the visual content and style
  • It requires an Instructional Designer
  1. 2. Convert the existing content
  • You need to have all the original course assets files available to choose this option 
  • Expedite the export to an HTML5 format 
  • Takes lesser time to convert the existing content compared to rebuilding the course 
  Step 4: Use this opportunity of conversion to improve courses
  • Confer with an Instructional Designer to choose parts of the course to be revised and the parts to be maintained 
  • Improving upon the gaps in content can include better images, sounds, videos, branding, and transitions, including course assessments and gamification
  • The time it takes will depend on the number of courses and the type of updates
  Step 5: Identify the devices to be supported
  • Adaptive: Multi-device custom mobile learning solutions that support PCs, Laptops, and Tablets
  • Responsive: Multi-device custom mobile learning solutions that support PCs, Laptops, Tablets, and Smartphones
After two decades, the flash-era is finally  coming to an end. I hope that this five-step process approach has provided insights on how to go about devising an effective and efficient strategy for converting Flash courses to HTML5.  The transition to HTML5 will be rewarding in not only improving the eLearning course material but also enhancing the teacher and student experience and making learning accessible. HTML5 is the new Flash, and it’s time to fully acknowledge that by starting the conversion! We, at Magic, have helped many organizations  move their products fully  to HTML5 Feel free to get in touch with our course experts to help solve your sticky conversion issues.

Irene Tsahas

Irene is associated with Magic EdTech as a Marketing Research associate and has helped platforms, content services, and technology team at Magic cross-functionally to shape the account plans for its customers.