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Showing My Work #5

12 Jun

The Showing My Work series of posts are what I’m using to ‘narrate’ the projects that I’m working on or have developed.

In the spirit of Work Out Loud Week #WOLweek and because it’s been a while since I’ve written a Showing My Work post, I thought it was time to jump in and share some stuff that I’ve done over the past few weeks.

I’ve participated in a few of David Anderson’s eLearning challenges now and I’m enjoying connecting with other terrific designers, being inspired by what they create and share as well as developing my own skills. In this post, I wanted to share how I created three recent challenge activities using Articulate Storyline.

Tabs Interaction

This challenge was about creating an interaction using tabs (like the tabs in a folder or book). The beauty of tab interactions in eLearning is that they allow learners to choose which parts of the course they want to complete.

While I did create a very basic tab interaction at the end, I took this challenge on a bit of a tangent to begin with by playing on the word ‘Tab’. Firstly, I took an image of the Tab key from a keyboard and using layers, the image would move or tab across the screen each time it was clicked.

Tab Interaction1

Secondly, I created a screen with a fridge and cans of Tab Cola in them. Each time you take a can from the fridge (by clicking on it), a fact about Tab cola appears in the fridge door. I created the fridge using standard shapes found in Storyline and used a picture of a fridge as a guide.

Tab Interaction2

You can view my Tabs Interaction by clicking here.

Meet the Theorists

This challenge was about creating an interaction that introduces an instructional design principle that could be used by someone new to the field.

Typically, what you’d see is the image of the theorist along with information about them and their research or discovery. This type of content can be a bit dry so I wanted to make it more interactive. I started with three theorists and found an image of each. Then I added picture frames that have a question inside them and the learner drags the image of the theorist and places it in the frame to reveal some information about them. Again I used a layer, one for each response (nine layers in total) along with the drag and drop interactivity.

Meet the Theorist

You can view my Meet the Theorist submission by clicking here.

Interactive Step Graphics

The objective of this challenge was to bring a sequence of steps in a process to life. I wasn’t sure about this one and almost didn’t participate but I saw a fridge magnet that had the steps to DRABCD, which is an emergency response acronym. When I read the steps, I was thinking about imagery and I wanted to do something different so I decided to take my own photos. Instead of using real people, I borrowed some Lego from my nieces and then using my iPhone I took the images myself. The photos were taken on our kitchen bench. I positioned the characters into positions to represent each step.

Interactive Steps

You can view my Interactive Step Graphic by clicking here.

Reflections

All three challenges are different and I did some things I hadn’t done before – using the play on words in a fun way, involving the learner with some dry content and taking my own images for use in a module. I’ve said in other Showing My Work posts that I do struggle at times with look and feel as well as being creative but by making time to participate in the challenges, I’m learning to think differently in my approach to creating eLearning. It needs to be more than just presenting content to learners, there needs to be interactivity. What they also show is that you don’t always need big budgets to create an interactive piece of eLearning.

You can see more eLearning challenges and other community members showing their work by clicking here and some have written blogs too!

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4 responses to “Showing My Work #5

  1. Jackie Van Nice

    June 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Matt!
    Good challenge wrap-up. How did I miss your refrigerator full of Tab?? Nice! Great job on the ID challenge, of course, and I had no idea that you’d done your own Lego set design and photo shoot for the step graphic challenge. Brilliant! Sounds like you’re finding the challenges really useful (and fun) too. As design exercises that let you stretch and grow I think they’re hard to beat. Thanks so much for sharing!

     
    • learningsnippets

      June 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Jackie!
      The tab one I submitted a little while after the challenge, so that’s probably why you didn’t see it. I’m trying to go back and do some of the earlier challenges. I didn’t realise how many there are!
      Yes, I do find them very useful but to be honest when I first came across them I remember thinking that they seem a bit silly because when would I need to do that as part of my job. But I was wrong and was also missing the point of them. Its about building your design skills, trying a new approach, becoming more familiar with the authoring tool your using and not to mention getting valuable feedback and ideas from your peers. I’m trying to keep up with them and at least try to participate every couple of weeks and blog about them too.
      Thanks for your comments and support, it’s much appreciated 🙂

       
  2. David Anderson (@elearning)

    June 12, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Funny to see you featuring the tabs interactions this week. Just finished a template recap with the tabs interactions users shared and included both of your demos.

    Two things really stand out in your recap: You don’t need big budgets to create interactive elearning and design skills come with practice. You’re so right on both points. Design and creativity can be learned through practice.

     
    • learningsnippets

      June 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      H David,

      What you and Tom have said about practicing your skills is so true and that’s the great thing about the challenges. Thanks for putting the challenges up each week and providing us the opportunity to get the practice in!

       

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