Are your eLearning courses ready for the end of Flash?

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

Three years ago, Adobe announced the end of Flash: December 31, 2020. That date is quickly coming upon us. Are your eLearning courses ready?

What does this mean for you?

Many eLearning courses are Flash based - meaning they require Adobe Flash to run. Once Flash is discontinued, these courses will no longer work.

Aren't newer courses published with HTML5 output?

Yes and no. Most courses built in Articulate Storyline 3 or 360 are published with HTML5 output, but you will want to double-check. Some organizations continued to publish in Flash only output due to some bugs in the HTML5 output. Over the last year, Articulate has done a great job to resolve these bugs, but if your courses were never updated, you may run into some issues come January 1st, 2021.

How do I know if my courses are ready?

Take a look at how your courses were published. If you have the zip file, you can view the file and look for a 'story_html5.html' file. If you've got this, you're good to go. If all you see is a 'story.html' or 'story_flash.html" file, then you'll need to republish.

Here's what you should do based on your authoring tool...

  • Storyline 3 and 360: Double-check your published files to ensure you have a 'story_html5.html' file

  • Storyline 1, 2 and Studio '13: Upgrade your courses using Storyline 3 or 360, even if they're published with HTML5 output. The HTML5 output produced in this software only works in Google Chrome and Safari. It does not work consistently in other browsers.

  • Studio '09: Upgrade your courses. This software publishes only to Flash.

I have no idea what you're talking about. What should I do?

I'd love to help you out! If you're not sure if you need to upgrade your courses, or need help doing so, feel free to contact me. I'll make sure you're all ready for the end of flash on December 31, 2020.