Adobe Flash Player once the internet’s most widely utilized browser plugin is being phased out and Adobe will officially cease supporting the plugin by 2020.
While this isn’t a new revelation, Flash’s end was announced in 2017, by mid-2019 most browsers will be disabling Flash Player support. This means that any Flash content will not display or be available.
But what does this mean for your LMS? Keep reading to see how you can determine if your eLearning programs are using Flash, and what options are available to replace it.
Find Flash in Moodle and Totara Learn
Flash Apocalypse, a dramatically named free reporting plugin for Moodle and Totara Learn, will show you exactly which activities in your LMS contain Flash-based content.
If you’re not 100% sure if you have Flash-based content, we highly recommend this plugin to determine if you have anything to worry about. Lambda will have already installed this plugin on your instance of Moodle or Totara Learn.
If you cannot find this plugin, please contact us and our LMS experts will be happy to help!
What Will Replace Adobe Flash? Interactive Content Alternatives
Using interaction to drive engagement and learning outcomes has been shown to be incredibly effective, and it was a task Flash was suited to handle.
Part of the reason for moving away from Flash is the emergence of better alternatives, such as HTML5. If you find that you have interactive content that was utilizing Flash, we have the perfect replacement: the H5P plugin.
If you find that you were using Flash to provide interactive video content, we recommend utilizing VideoJS, which is the default media player in Moodle.
If you haven’t implemented any interactive content, check out our article on Why Interactive eLearning Experiences are the Future of Education.
SCORM: From Flash to HTML5
If you are using a SCORM compliant LMS then the obvious replacement for Flash is HTML5. HTML5 allows learners to launch SCORM courses in their browser, just as Flash did, and works on practically all devices.
Speak with your Authoring Tool Support to find the best way to start the conversion process for your content.
If you’d like to learn more about the end of Adobe Flash, you can read the official announcement from Adobe.
Questions or Concerns about Flash? Contact Us!
Whether you have questions or need some help moving away from Flash, are looking for a new Learning Management System, want to optimize your LMS and eLearning programs with learning analytics, or need any other eLearning solutions, we have the expertise to help you reach your goals.
Contact us today, we’d love to help you create a better way to learn!
- How to Easily Create Interactive Content in Your LMS: watch our on-demand webinar on demonstrating how H5P enables access to lots of different interactive content types.