What to do with old Flash courses

Oct 27, 2020

Hi everyone! I've just published an article on the blog of the eLearning agency where I work all about the end of Flash.


It’s all about how to rescue old eLearning courses before Flash retires at the end of 2020 and the focus is on tips for rebuilding things quickly using Storyline and Rise, plus PowerPoint.

There's a PDF flow chart of different options for handling content, too: https://www.brightcarbon.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/BrightCarbon-Legacy-Flash-eLearning-Flowchart.pdf

I thought this'd be useful to share here! If you have any feedback or things to add, please leave a comment.

Always inspired by the work people share in the community forum and hoping this helps someone :)

2 Replies
Judy Nollet

Hi, Sandy,

Wow! You've done a great job with this. 

I have one bit of feedback re: the Record option. An MP4 screencast of someone stepping through a course could be quite large. That's probably worthwhile when there's audio. (Well, assuming that the audio isn't just someone reading what's on the slide.)

However, courses without audio or video could be "recorded" by capturing each slide (e.g., with SnagIt), and then pasting the image into PowerPoint. Of course, interactions require multiple screen captures: the slide as it first appears, and then a capture for how it appears after each click of the interaction. As needed, info about the interactions could be put in the Notes. That area could also be used for the transcript of any audio if one wanted something smaller than an MP4 screencast.

I've been doing this for years for one of my clients. They like having a PPT (or a PDF copy) available for learners to review content without having to go through the LMS. (Those review copies don't include the assessment questions.) These copies are also handy when a regulatory agency wants to look at the content during an audit. 

Kudos to you and BrightCarbon for taking the time to provide this info. 

Sandy Rushton

Thank you Judy: that's a great idea! It'd work really well for courses with lots of repetitive, click-to-reveal type interactions which aren't the most thrilling things to watch as a recorded video. You could also screen capture directly in PowerPoint 2013, which means you can do it all without leaving PowerPoint. 

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