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. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.
Even if you’re using a trial version of Studio ’13 or Storyline, you can absolutely publish your challenge files. Just sign up for a fully functional, free 30-day trial, and have at it. And remember to post your questions and comments in the forums; we're here to help.
If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure. If you share your demos on Twitter, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.
Storyboard Templates for E-Learning #48
This week your challenge is to share an example of your preferred e-learning storyboard, blueprint, or scripting template. We want to see what you use and learn how you use it!
E-learning storyboards challenge
Call Center Training in Online Learning #47
This week your challenge is to design a call center interaction. You can choose any area of call center training you like. Don’t worry about scripting out a detailed or authentic storyboard. Prototypes, unfinished interactions, and even sketches are perfectly acceptable.
View the call center challenge | View the call center examples
Show Us Your E-Learning Portfolio #46
This week’s challenge is all about your e-learning portfolios. We already know you do awesome work, and we want to help others find your awesome work.
E-learning portfolio challenge | View the community's portfolios
Recording Audio in Online Training #45
This week, your challenge is to share your audio recording deets with the community. We want to know all about your audio recording: your best practices, your gear, your processes, even your quirks and tricks that give your audio that special something. Maybe you record your best audio dressed up in a chicken suit—no worries, we don’t judge how you get it done.
E-learning audio tips challenge | View the audio tips recap
Virtual Tours in Online Training #44
This week, your challenge is to design a virtual tour of a real or fictional location. You can use any photos, illustrations, audio, and video you like to create your tour.
Virtual tours in e-learning challenge | View the virtual tours examples
Interactive Org Charts and Meet the Team #43
This week, your challenge is to design an interactive graphic to introduce an organization’s team members or key players. You can focus on corporate teams, sports teams, or something more playful like comic book characters.
View the org chart challenge | View the org chart examples
Smartphone Video Training #42
This week, your challenge is to record, edit, and publish a training video using your smartphone. Choose a topic that allows you to record multiple videos for your project. The focus on this challenge is as much about editing as it is recording.
Smartphone video training | View the smartphone video examples
Low-Tech, High-Speed Course Design #41
This week, your challenge is to create an emergency-response course using pen and paper.
Select a news story or training course that focuses on a disaster or emergency event and create a 3-5 slide course to help learners navigate the event. Because you’re creating everything by hand, you’ll really need to focus on the basics.
Rapid sketch design in e-learning
Instructional Design Quizzes #40
This week your challenge is to create a quiz that tests learners on an instructional design principle, model, researcher, or theorist. You can create any type of quiz you like. Go with the timeless multiple choice or true-false questions, or create something more playful using a custom quiz. You can make the quiz as simple or challenging as you like… Just keep it fair and practical.
Keep in mind the objective is to reinforce basic instructional design principles using interactive quizzes. It’s more about the content this week.
Instructional design quiz
Podcasts for Learning #39
This week your challenge is to record your answers to the following 10 interview questions.
View the Podcast Challenge
Steal This E-Learning Template #38
This week your challenge is to repurpose the Create Your Own Quest template into something of your own.
E-learning template makeover | View the templates recap
Spelling Bees and Interactive Vocabulary Quizzes #37
This week your challenge is to build an interactive vocabulary quiz. You can focus your interaction on spelling, pronunciation, comprehension, or anything else.
Interactive spelling bees
Interactive Step Graphics in Online Training #36
This week your challenge is to build a step graphic to tell a story or communicate a process. Choose any topic you like and see if you can find creative ways to present the step graphic navigation.
Interactive step graphics in e-learning
What’s In Your Course Design Toolkit? #35
This week your challenge is to share your favorite, free tools that make your course design easier.
E-learning toolkits for designers
Instructional Design Learning Activities #34
This week your challenge is to create an interaction that introduces an instructional design principle, model, researcher, or theorist. Interactions can be anything from simple Engage interactions that present terms and definitions to custom games created in Storyline.
Instructional design practice activities
Fix Your E-Learning Mistakes #33
This week your challenge is to give your slides a proper makeover. Assume the bad slide designs were given to you by your client and that it’s your job to make them right.
Fix your e-learning mistakes challenge
Death, Taxes, and E-Learning Mistakes #32
This week, your challenge is to design one or more slides featuring common course mistakes. Yes, mistakes. Unleash those pet peeves and visual nightmares. Don’t hold back. Amplify the mistakes. Let us feel the pain of bad e-learning.
Creative Resume Templates for E-Learning Portfolios #31
This week, your challenge is to design an interactive resume or portfolio showcasing your e-learning work. You can show all your work or highlight only a couple of your favorite projects.
E-learning portfolios challenge
What Do E-Learning Designers Really Do? #30
This week, your challenge is to design a visual chart using the “What People Think I Do / What I really Do” meme. You can choose any job role you like: instructional designer, course designer, Super Hero, or any other title that interests you.
What do e-learning designers do?
Summary and Resource Slides in Online Courses #29
This week, your challenge is to design an e-learning conclusion or summary slide. You can focus your entry on instructions for closing the course, job aids to support the course, or even additional resources for learners to continue learning.
This week’s challenge is all about design ideas for presenting summary slides and resources. You don’t need to build out a working interaction—but I know many of you will, and that’s totally cool, too.
Summary and resource slides
Top 10 Things Learners Need to Know About Storyline #28
This week your challenge is to put together a Top 10 list of “getting started” tutorials for any area of Storyline development you like.
Top 10 Articulate Storyline tips
Visual Storytelling with Photo Collages #27
This week, your challenge is to create an interactive story around a photo collage. You can use placeholder photos and graphics, or rework an existing project into a photo collage.
Visual storytelling with photo collages
Interactive Screenshots for Online Training #26
This week, your challenge is to create an interactive screenshot for an application’s UI or specific features.
Interactive screenshots in e-learning
Instructional Design Tips That Really Pop #25
This week your challenge is to design a poster around your favorite education or instructional design quote. Your quote can be serious, playful, or even a little snarky. The text is simply the vehicle for your favorite tip designed as a typography poster.
Instructional Design Tips
Create a Simple E-Learning Game #24
This week your challenge is to build a simple e-learning game in either Storyline or Quizmaker.
E-learning games challenge
Decision Map to Branching Scenarios #23
This week your challenge is to build a branching interaction based on the What Kind of Leader Are You? infographic.
This challenge is all about interpreting an existing simulation map and bringing it to life. Use whatever design style you like. This can include using characters, boxes and arrows, LOL Cats or anything else you can dream up. We just want to see what you can come up with using the infographic as a starting point.
Interactive branching scenarios challenge
Design an Olympic-Themed E-Learning Template #22
This week your challenge is to design an e-learning template for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. You can design a general template for the Winter Olympics, or focus your template around a specific country or event.
Olympic theme templates
Beyond the Basic Drag-and-Drop Interaction #21
This week your challenge is to build a drag-and-drop interaction based on one of the three examples above. Don’t have time to put an activity together? No problem. Just share some ideas for ways to use drag-and-drop in non-quizzing activities. We’ll pull the ideas together and use them for a future challenge!
Advanced drag-and-drop interactions in e-learning
Ask Your Learners to Prove They’re Learning (NEXTCHA) #20
This week your challenge is to build your own NEXTCHA solutions that help reinforce learning content while preventing learners from mindlessly clicking the Next buttons.
In the challenge, you don’t have to limit NEXTCHA to text entry fields, but please limit your demos to text-based interactions.
NEXTCHA in e-learning challenge
Screencasts and Software Simulations in Online Training #19
This week your challenge is to record a screencast or software simulation. You can choose any type of topic that interests you.
Screencasts and simulations in e-learning
Using Characters in E-Learning #18
This week your challenge is to show us how to use characters in e-learning. You can create static slides that show character-based ideas, or build something more dynamic to show the interaction between characters
Characters in e-learning challenge | View the community examples
Using Job Aids in E-Learning #17
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.
E-Learning job aids
Creating Custom Drag-and-Drop E-Learning Interactions #16
This week your challenge is to show some creative ways to use drag-drop interactions.
Custom drag-and-drop e-learning interactions
Create a Radiant Template with Pantone’s Color of the Year #15
This week your challenge is to use Radiant Orchid as the base color for your e-learning templates. Include at least three different content slides, and more if you’d like. Your slides can be static or built out as working interactions. Your goal is to work from a single color and show how you will carry that color across your design templates.
Create an e-learning template using Pantone's radiant orchid
Give Your Quiz Results Slides a Makeover #14
This week, your challenge is to show us your best, your most creative quiz results designs. Show us as many makeover designs as you can imagine.
Customize your e-learning quiz results
Interactive Timelines for E-Learning #13
This week, your challenge is to rebuild Big History Project’s interactive timeline.
This is our first challenge where everyone is working from the same source project. The tool you use to recreate this project will impact your design considerations. For example, the dynamic menu effect is not possible with most tools. You’ll want to capture the essence of the effect, whichever tool you choose.
Interactive timelines in e-learning
Transform Infographics Into Interactive Graphics #12
This week your challenge will be to take a static infographic and rebuild it as an interactive infographic.
Creating interactive graphics from infographics
Design a Comic Book Theme for Your E-Learning Course #11
This week, your challenge is to design your own comic book e-learning template. Try to include multiple slides so you can show how the template will carry through your content.
Comic book theme designs in e-learning
Shoot Your Own E-Learning Background Graphics #10
Create a shot list of possible images and shoot your own background graphics using your office or work area as the primary location. When you share your photos, please include your shot list and at least one original photo so we can compare the before and after.
Create your own e-learning graphics
Design an Ethics Course Template with Clip Art #9
Using clip art Style 1368, design a course template for a corporate ethics e-learning course. Include at least three content slides and two quizzing slides. Your slides can be static or built out as working interactions. We just want to see how your template carries across your project.
Create an ethics e-learning course from clip art
Create an E-Learning Template from Clip Art #8
Show and share your clip art-inspired template using one or more clip art objects. Create one or more e-learning template slides using free clip art objects.
Creating e-learning templates from clip art
Converting Static Content to Interactive Knowledge Checks #7
Show and share your interactive makeovers using an existing slide from one of your projects. Convert an existing content slide and convert it to an interaction using one of the Storyline’s six free-form questions.
Convert static content into interactive knowledge checks
Bring This Medical Training Course Back To Life! #6
Show and share your re-design ideas for a medical e-learning course template. Using the source files provided, create a clean, flat, medical design theme. Try to work within the provided color requirements (included in the forum thread and the source files) and comp out 2-3 slides for this design.
Medical course design makeover in e-learning
Desktop and Office Theme Designs #5
Create an office or desktop course template. Include at least three different content slides, and more if you’d like. Your slides can be static or built out as working interactions. The objective is to show how us how your design will carry across your project.
Desktop office themes in e-learning
Flatten Up Your Course Design Skills #4
Show and share your best flat design template ideas for e-learning. Create a flat design course template. Include at least three different content slides, and more if you’d like. Your slides can be static or built out as working interactions. The objective is to show how your flat design will carry across your project.
Flat design in e-learning
Gate Screens in Online Courses #3
Design a two-slide interaction that includes a content screen and a gate screen. The content screen can be a placeholder screen. The key is to show how your gate screen will load and close in relation to the course.
Gate screens in e-learning
What’s Your Best Tabs Interaction? #2
Design a 5-tab interaction. Tabs should be on the left or the right and need to be persistent over slides or layers.
E-Learning Tabs Interactions
How Would You Show Meaningful Comparisons? #1
Design an interactive graphic to show relative sizes for a series of airplanes. Check out this Wikipedia entry on giant aircraft for inspiration.
Meaningful Comparisons in E-Learning
Post written by David Anderson