Updated: Apr 25
The use of mobile devices has permeated all areas of the corporate world as workers from companies of all sizes and all industries are using their smartphones and tablets to access content, online. This remarkable growth in the use of the “mobile” internet is driving businesses to ensure that their content is easily accessible on mobile devices, and this includes all areas of corporate training. HTML5 allows these organizations to create powerful learning content that can be easily delivered on mobile devices.
What is HTML5?
HTML5 (Hyper Text Markup Language) is a programming language that allows for the modification of the appearance of web pages. It also enables developers to make adjustments to web page appearance and for the structuring and presentation of content for the web. Through the use of HTML5, browsers (such as Firefox, Chrome, Explorer, and Safari) are provided instructions regarding how to display a particular web page by defining its elements, including where to place the images and text. While other languages are required to give provide format and interactivity to a site, the HTML5 language defines the basic structure of any page.
The Benefits of HTML5 for eLearning and Corporate Training
Not long ago, Adobe Flash was among the most popular authoring tools for eLearning courses and corporate training content development. This was due to its ability to offer a high level of interactivity, along with powerful graphics and animations. Today, however, fewer smartphones and tablets provide support for Flash. HTML5 offers a mobile-friendly option, making it the new favorite for corporate training professionals.
In choosing an eLearning authoring tool for your corporate training content development, some of the reasons to consider the use of HTML5 include:
Development of Platform-Independent Training courses
There are a variety of mobile devices of available today, and each of each type of device comes with its own operating system. The challenges is that learning and training content that is developed for one platform is not compatible with others. Unfortunately, it is both expensive and time-consuming to develop multiple versions of the same course to support different mobile devices. It can then require considerable time and effort to maintain multiple versions of training content. As a device-agnostic format, HTML5 eliminates this challenge by allowing access to content on all types of smartphones and tablets.
Ease of Customization
HTML5 content can be easily customized, without having the accessibility limitations of Flash. Using HTML5 authoring tools, eLearning professionals can customize the flow of their content by simply changing the code, rather than having to install a plug-in (or learn the nuances of a third-party program). Given this, you can deploy your online training courses quickly, as they will automatically work for all browsers, online platforms, and operating systems.
Ease of Content Organization
HTML5 allows you to dictate the content flow through the use of pre-determined widths. This enables dynamic content adjustments based on the size of the browser window. All of this can be achieved through simple coding, rather than requiring an installed plug-in.
Offline Access to Content
There may be times when your employees will have little or no Internet connection but still need access to learning resources. HTML5 enables offline access to your training materials and allows learners to download training content when they are connected to the network, then access it offline, at the point of need.
LMS Portals and HTML5 for Corporate Training
LMS Portals offers a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management system (LMS) that allows our clients and partners to launch and manage multiple private eLearning environments (portals) to support the unique needs of each of their corporate training audiences. LMS Portals supports the use of HTML5 training content from all of the major authoring tools and each portal you launch can have its own branding, user onboarding system, messaging tools, analytics, and more.