Flash for Higher Education

By Paul Trani on March 8, 2012 in Flash/ActionScript, HTML5/Web Standards
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Today I did an eSeminar on Flash for Higher Education. The recording is posted here. In short, when it comes to higher education there are many training modules already built in Flash. Not only that, they are usually in controlled IT environments that are mostly desktops/laptops. In these controlled settings you can confirm that everyone has the Flash Player and thus create content for it. Which is great because the Flash Platform has a rich set of tools (see Flash Pro) and a robust language (AS3) allowing designers and developers to quickly create these training modules.

Now there are cases where HTML might work better when it comes to education modules. Say for instance, forms, quizzes, tests, simple interactive tutorials. All are served well by HTML, and I’m sure they are mostly being served that way. Now there are those cases where you really need rich interactions and an immersive experience, and even though Adobe Edge Preview will get you a good way there (allowing you to create animation/interactivity for web standards) it still isn’t advanced as Flash Professional for instance. So from an “immersive training module” perspective (read: gaming), where you’re rolling out content to controlled systems, Flash is still the way to go. In my opinion. But it’s nice to know that regardless of which technology you choose, Adobe has your back. We’ll give you the freedom to choose!

Here are my slides

Here are the source files


  1. Beth Fitzgerald March 9, 2012 Reply

    This was a wonderful presentation yesterday. I would like to watch this presentation again, and share it with my fellow instructors. Is there a link we can go to?

  2. Allan March 11, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for the informative webinar and support files. I have installed Edge and will introduce it to my Interactive Design class.

  3. JP March 26, 2012 Reply

    Hi Paul,

    Big Fan here! – i have an out of topic question. is there a way of adding a comment section in flash website?

    I have been following your tutorials at Lynda.com – but haven’t been able to find a solution.

    I will be very happy if you are able to reply.

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      Paul Trani March 26, 2012 Reply

      JP, you’d have to create a comment area by adding input text fields and passing that data to a middleware technology like PHP. There might be some other solutions online if you do a quick search, but there’s nothing “out of the box” like there is with WordPress. I hope that helps!

  4. JP March 27, 2012 Reply

    Thanks Paul, Much appreciated. I will do some more research on PHP and see how to get this sorted out. I am using your creating a portfolio tutorial on Lynda.com for the basis of the website.

    thanks again for your response.

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