Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 22


In August 2016, Google announced,
"Going forward, Chrome will deemphasize Flash in favor of HTML5.
Here's what that means for you. Today,
more than 90% of Flash on the web
loads behind the scenes to support
things such as page analytics. This
kind of Flash slows you down, and
starting this September, Chrome 53
will begin to block it."





The Journey









SEISMIC MOBILE
LEARNING SHIFT



< CONVERTING

MOBILE
LEARNING
TO HTML5

<

A Pedagogical and
Technical Journey
BY PASCAL DEBORDES

The appetite for mobile learning is growing.
Revenues in this sector are forecasted to
reach $2.1 billion by 2019. But how well
does mobile learning work on tablets and
smartphones, and how can learning and
development professionals improve the
mobile learning experience? As Adobe
Flash technology is increasingly superseded,
many training professionals face a major
challenge in converting outdated Flash
content to HTML5 content, which enables
effective mobile learning.

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Replacing
Flash-based
learning
content with HTML5 is not simply
a technical exercise; it is a major
technological shift demanding an
entirely fresh approach to content
design and delivery. These days,
learners expect to access learning
content on tablets rather than
cumbersome laptops. HTML5-based
learning content is mandatory to
reach those learners.
For many years, Flash was the only
way to enable rich audio and video
content on the web, and it is still
widely used. In the mobile space,
however, device providers and
manufacturers have opted for HTML5
as the future. HTML5 video content is
easier on battery life than Flash and
supports on-demand and live video
streaming sources effectively.
If training content providers simply
convert their Flash courses to
HTML5 with no adaptation and no
adjustments, they will lose a valuable
opportunity. Whether Flash content
was designed 10 or even three years
ago, this conversion is a chance to

review pedagogy and redesign and
rethink content, taking into account
the new expectations of learners.
Here are five tips to make mobile
learning relevant to learners in
your organization.
< 1 > TIME LIMITS

Set a 20-minute maximum for learning
modules. Ten years ago, the duration
of a typical e-learning module was
up to one and a half hours. Five years
ago, it was 30 to 45 minutes. Current
thinking is that mobile learning is
most effective in 20-minute chunks.
This time limit reflects the reality of
tablet use; learners spend less time
on tablets than they do on laptops or
desktop computers. Learners accessing
content on the go often do not have
the capacity to spend more than 20
minutes on that content. In fact, it's a
good idea for content designers to split
each 20-minute unit into five-minute
segments, enabling learners to dip
in and out of the module to suit their
working pattern.

Converting
content to
HTML5
demands an
entirely fresh
approach to
content design
and delivery.
< 2 > SMARTPHONE CONSIDERATIONS

Do not use smartphones for learning
experiences exceeding five minutes.
The benefit of using smartphones for
learning delivery is that most people
have one. However, their small screen
size limits the interactivity that is key
to effective learning. It's difficult to
translate features that work well on a


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition

Perspectives
Table of Contents
Infographic
Frontline Capability Building: An Elusive Dream?
Flipped Kirkpatrick: Designing Learning Journeys for Business Impact
When Good Content Becomes Great
Design Better, Design Backward
Boost Efficiency and Do More with Less: 5 Practical Ideas for Learning Leaders
Converting Mobile Learning to HTML5
Secrets of Successful Large-Scale Learning Programs
Critical Mistake Analysis: Creating Effective Hands-On Learning Experiences
Secure Mobile Learning
Delivering Content That Lives Up to Experience
Keeping a Lid on Content Until You Design
Designing Performer-Centric Learning Systems for Millennials, Gen Z and Beyond
Organizational Tensions in Employee Onboarding
A Winning Approach to Leadership Development
What's Online
Company News
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Intro
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Cover1
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Cover2
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Perspectives
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Table of Contents
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 5
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Infographic
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 7
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Frontline Capability Building: An Elusive Dream?
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 9
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Flipped Kirkpatrick: Designing Learning Journeys for Business Impact
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 11
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 12
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 13
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - When Good Content Becomes Great
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 15
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Design Better, Design Backward
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 17
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Boost Efficiency and Do More with Less: 5 Practical Ideas for Learning Leaders
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 19
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 20
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 21
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Converting Mobile Learning to HTML5
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 23
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Secrets of Successful Large-Scale Learning Programs
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 25
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Critical Mistake Analysis: Creating Effective Hands-On Learning Experiences
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 27
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 28
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 29
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Secure Mobile Learning
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 31
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Delivering Content That Lives Up to Experience
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 33
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 34
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 35
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Keeping a Lid on Content Until You Design
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 37
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Designing Performer-Centric Learning Systems for Millennials, Gen Z and Beyond
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 39
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 40
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 41
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Organizational Tensions in Employee Onboarding
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - 43
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - A Winning Approach to Leadership Development
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Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - What's Online
Training Industry Magazine - Content Development 2017 Special Edition - Company News
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