Do you have Adobe Flash videos in your courses?

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Flash
video technology may not work in the near future as Adobe has announced that it
will stop development and support in December 2020. In addition, Flash videos
do not function on mobile devices, so any content using Flash is not available
to many students.

To
determine if your courses contain Flash videos, you can disable Flash in your
browser and review your course and videos. Flash videos will not function or
play properly when Flash is disabled in browsers. You can also right-click on
the video and the file name can indicate if it is a Flash video (Flash file
names end in .flv, .f4v, .f4p, .f4a, and .f4b).

If
you use Flash videos in your teaching, we encourage you to take proactive
measures to ensure your students continue accessing that content after support
ends. Consider the following options:

  1. Flash videos, which are not interactive, could be converted to mp4 and streamed via Panopto, UIC’s video streaming platform that is available at no cost to faculty. This process can be time consuming, but does not require redesign. You can request support to convert those videos from LTS at LTS@uic.edu. Please include the course CRN and the exact location of the content that needs to be converted.
  2. Flash videos designed as online interactive lessons, such as Softchalk lessons or SCORM files, have to be rebuilt with alternative software and will require instructor attention. In some cases, the interactive Flash videos can be simplified to view-only screencasts. This means that the content of the video would be available to students, but any quizzes or interactions would become view-only simulations. If your flash content is interactive, you can request a consultation with a multimedia specialist from LTS to discuss your options. There are no fees for a consultation, and you can schedule an appointment here: http://go.uic.edu/MultimediaOfficeHours.

You
can take advantage of this technology change to redesign your content to better
meet your students’ needs and your course objectives. Alternatively, if your
videos are not in use currently, the best action will be to simply remove the
links or embedded videos.

Learning
Technology Solutions can provide instructors with consultation or support with
their Flash videos. Please contact LTS@uic.edu with any questions or to request help.

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