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Moving to HTML5

Posted by Becky Anderson Employee Feb 26, 2019

For Fall 2019 classes, almost all of our Sapling users (except those in Chemical Engineering and Organic Chemistry) will have the option to start using Sapling in HTML5.


What are the benefits of moving to HTML5?

  • With Flash going away, there will be NO PLUGIN needed to run Sapling.
  • Sapling will then run faster on more browsers.   (For the best user experience, we recommend that you run a browser check. Go to to see your status).
  • We will have more accessibility options.
  • HTML5 also provides a better platform for upcoming additions to features and functionality.
  • More modern and intuitive user experience
  • Assignment preview and reset has more options
  • Improved analytics such as item analysis
  • Mobile accessible for tablets and target Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA
  • Previewing assignments is easier
  • Building and editing assignments is easier
  • MolDraw for Lewis structures and molecular geometry


What do you need to do to move to HTML5?

If you are planning on using Sapling for the Fall 2019 semester, the sooner you let the Client Success Team know, the better. They can start building your course now in HTML5 before the start of classes.


How can you get training on this?

Just sign up for one of our training classes sometime this spring!


When do you have to move to HTML5?

Flash will be retired in December 2020, so you will be definitely need to by the end of 2020.

Palm Tree Planted Near Pool


Okay, so I will confess that Question Pooling is probably my favorite part of LaunchPad. (Yes, I'm a nerd and I'm okay with that.) Hopefully you know all about question pooling already and this post is a boring reminder...but just in case, here's a recap: 


With Question Pooling, you can create a group of questions from which one or more (depending on the setting) is chosen at random for students (and we do this for some of our pre-built quizzes already). If you pick questions that are all related to the same topic (which is sensible to do, by the way), then students are all being quizzed on the same concept, but the actual question they see varies--making cheating harder to do (not that students cheat, but you know, hypothetically...) and giving you a more diverse question base. So you could end up with a quiz where students see 10 questions, but those 10 questions are pulling from a pool of 50 questions, so each student likely ends up with a slightly different quiz from each of their colleagues. 


Check it out and let us know what you think!