E-Learning Challenge #17: Using Interactive Job Aids in E-Learning Posted Friday, January 03, 2014 at 3:16 PM

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One of the best ways to support your learners—before, during, and after training—is with effective job aids.


Job aids come in many forms: checklists, summaries, reference material, student and teacher guides, worksheets, glossaries, FAQs, and more. The challenge for many designers is knowing when and how to include job aids.


Blended learning examples

One of my favorite examples of how job aids can be used with asynchronous courses is the Van Valen’s Gold Rush Journey project.


The linear course format will be familiar to most course designers. What makes this course so effective is the remarkable way it includes job aids to guide the student’s historical thinking on Westward Expansion.


Challenge of the week

This week your challenge is to show us how to use job aids in e-learning. You can share examples of job aids that were used in place of courses, integrated into courses, or offered as course alternatives.


You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio ’09, Articulate Studio ’13, Microsoft Word or PowerPoint to show your e-learning job aids.


Here are some community resources to get you started.




Last week’s challenge

You guys sure dragged out some amazing examples for our last weekly challenge. One of the things I love about these challenges is the supportive way you build upon each other’s ideas.

This was our biggest challenge to date, so take some time to check out the inspirational examples your fellow community members shared over the past two weeks:


The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. We’ll feature your work and provide feedback if you request it.

Have a gr-aid week, E-Learning Heroes!


Posted by David Anderson


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24 comments so far

David Lindenberg

95 posts

Posted Friday, January 03, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Wow, saw this one and already had a sample done from a previous course.  Hypoglycemia 101 is a course I created to help my son's teachers learn how to deal with his low blood sugar.

I recorded this Screenr to show how I incorporated a job aid option.


Here is the link to the entire course:


Ari Avivi

199 posts

Posted Friday, January 03, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Okay so here is a little something I had some fun with this afternoon.  I created a learning aid rather than a job aid so it is a bit of a twist on the challenge.



Hector Martinez

48 posts

Posted Friday, January 03, 2014 at 5:01 PM

I am interested in highlighting these (and previous) entries to others as examples. What would be the best way to save them, with interactions intact, in case the links expire?

User Rank David Anderson

3,292 posts

Posted Saturday, January 04, 2014 at 4:35 AM

Hi Hector - you can find the links to demos and source files for each challenge at the bottom of each post. Every three months or so we'll do a recap of the previous challenges   like we did in this post: community.articulate.com/.../here-s-what-your-fellow-course-designers-brought-to-the-e-learning-feast.aspx

Joseph Ramanui

30 posts

Posted Sunday, January 05, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Okay…@ David - thoroughly enjoyed the last challenge of 2013, this community is SO INSPIRATIONAL!!!!!

I wasn't too sure what the "buzz" was around job/learning aids, but after extensive reading and link clicking I think I have a fair idea of what's considered a job/learning aid.

Like Ari, I created another learning aid - specifically around my own language (te reo Māori) and pinpointed a particular process within language acquisition - that being how to passify a active sentence.

This demo starts off with all the rules you need to know (in sequential order) to effectively passify an active sentence in te reo Māori. There are 2 quiz slides (comprised of drag & drops, matching, pick one, reordering and text entry) to reinforce each rule & test your competency/memory/knowledge & application of the rule.

If you ever get lost, there's a hint button and/or the option to return to the home page. Lastly, there's one final test/quiz designed to test all the rules in sequential order.

In the resources tab you will find .png files for individual rule explanations, and a .pdf containing all aforementioned files.

What I've concluded from creating this demo is that process driven cognitive learning can be initially isolated from understanding, as repetition of the process over time will lead to semantic embedment.

I encourage everyone here to give it a go - who knows, you may learn a language?!



Joseph Ramanui

30 posts

Posted Sunday, January 05, 2014 at 9:14 PM

@ David - I learned quite a bit about hypoglycemia - especially like all the visual aids and audio to reinforce your topic!

@Ari - how creative indeed, short, sharp, succinct and to the point, I like how you direct your audience to using the included resources to progress further; that's a clever strategy that I will definitely include in my bag of tricks, thanks!

Posted Sunday, January 05, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Here's a very quick sample of some new hire orientation resources. I did this sample very quickly while watching our beloved Packers lose to the 49ers today, so in my distraught state I cannot confirm nor deny the quality of this sample. :-)


It contains in-course resources as well as some "dummy" PDF documents in the "Resource" tab in the player.

Kimberly Bourque

144 posts

Posted Monday, January 06, 2014 at 6:58 AM

@Jenise--I LOVE this concept. Great job even in your distraught state.

I have to admit, I'm a bit stumped on this challenge.

Kimberly Bourque

144 posts

Posted Monday, January 06, 2014 at 7:07 AM

@Joseph, what a great way to teach a language. Your design is nice and clean too!

Ari Avivi

199 posts

Posted Monday, January 06, 2014 at 7:08 AM

@jenise - would you consider sharing the source file?  loved what you did

Paul Alders

294 posts

Posted Monday, January 06, 2014 at 8:43 AM

@joseph - Thanks for sharing. I really like the hover interaction and listen to the pronunciation

@Jenise - Great job. I like your design and the chat conversation

@David - Great way to learn your son's teachers how to deal with low blood sugar!

Hector Martinez

48 posts

Posted Monday, January 06, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Love the community involvement here.

Posted Monday, January 06, 2014 at 9:11 AM

@Ari - Hello! Thanks for the question. I'll try and make some Screenr screencasts. My Public folder is filling up, and I need to keep low the number of uploaded projects.

Hints: I used PPT 2010 and Studio '13. I used the photo characters in Studio '13 and then just did a search for Microsoft Clip Art for the images and graphics (interior of a building, the calendars, the Chief Executive Team, etc.)

I've got a full plate this week, but I will find time to do a screencast for this thread.

Everyone, your kind comments were nice to see! I really did "throw this together" while watching a pro-football game on TV. :-)

Ari Avivi

199 posts

Posted Monday, January 06, 2014 at 9:16 AM

@jenise, no worries.  I thnk i know what you did and how you did it.

David Lindenberg

95 posts

Posted Monday, January 06, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone!

@Jenise @Ari @Joseph - enjoyed your entries as well.

@Jenise - this native of Wisconsin was right there with you watching in agony. :(

Posted Monday, January 06, 2014 at 9:35 AM

David L, yes, DH and I feel your grief. We're southern California natives (living in northern AZ), and we'd "never" cheer for the S.F. 49ers. LOL

Besides, "everyone" knows that the Packers are truly America's Team.

User Rank Jeff Kortenbosch

1,181 posts

Posted Monday, January 06, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Hi everyone. Great entries.

David, I love how you give you sons teachers the possibility to learn more about your sons Hypoglycemia. All the other entries are very nice too. I love Joseph's Maori example!

So here's my entry: http://bit.ly/1aBrEpH

The source file can be found here: http://bit.ly/1iaRI0o

Kimberly Bourque

144 posts

Posted Monday, January 06, 2014 at 11:07 AM

@Jeff--awesome multi-pronged approach at teaching someone about Outlook. Great job! The simplicity is great as well; lots of information without overwhelming the user.

User Rank David Anderson

3,292 posts

Posted Wednesday, January 08, 2014 at 11:18 AM

@Ari - Great example of blending offline worksheets with the online course!

Chris Chagnon

21 posts

Posted Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Wonderful examples everyone.  I'm still such a newbie to Storyline, but these samples are great for practicing.  Thanks.

Posted Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Chris, I use Storyline however, for my sample on job aids, I wanted to take some of the new Engage interactions out for a test drive, so I used Studio '13.

And, everyone's warm reception inspired me to write a post on my Wall:


I hope people continue to add samples. Job Aids do enhance workplace performance is wonderful ways!


Posted Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM

This week I'm late, I loved all the fantastic examples. Thank you all for the great ideas!

Jackie Van Nice

800 posts

Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 5:53 AM

Mine is what I called a "road map" to go with the retro mobile theme of this course. It's really a table of contents for this 16-lesson training program, but the salespeople and their managers print it out and use it all the time so they can easily see which lesson they need to take either for the first time or to refresh their knowledge later on.

My design starting point was an archival image of an old mid-century gas station map, and of course I themed it by adding course colors and fonts, the company logo, and images of the characters.

Here's my road map job aid: www.jackievannice.com/.../WP%20Sales%20Mobility%20Training%20Road%20Map.pdf

Here's where I talk about the course and the map: www.jackievannice.com