Looking Back on A Year’s Worth of E-Learning Challenges Posted Friday, August 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM

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One year ago, we tried something new by posting the first e-learning challenge, which was about showing meaningful comparisons in e-learning. Three people shared demos that week and I considered it an immediate success. If three people shared for a year, we’d have 36 examples to inspire and educate other users.

 

Today, 48 challenges later, you and your fellow community members have shared over 750 e-learning demos, examples, and ideas. That’s more than twenty times what I imagined!

 

I want to thank each and every one of you for sharing examples, source files, ideas, and time for a great first year of challenges. I can’t get over how generous our community is, and I feel like the luckiest guy on earth to be part of it.


E-Learning Superlatives

To celebrate this challenge milestone, you’re now an honorary member of the E-Learning Challenge Yearbook Committee. That means you’re in charge of recognizing your fellow classmates course designers and the demos shared over the past year.


It’s your chance to add a memory or two to the challenge yearbook. Nominate a fellow student designer for a superlative, just like we did in school. Below are some superlatives to get you started. Pull from the list or create your own.


Suggestions for superlatives:

  • Best Use of Humor

  • Most Likely to Post the First Challenge Demo

  • Best Freelance Gig Resulting from a Challenge

  • Most Recognizable Design Style

  • Best Use of an Appendage in a Demo

  • Most Likely to Share Their Source File

  • Most Appealing Narration Voice

  • Most Likely to Avoid the Next Button

You can add your e-learning superlatives in the comments below, or mock up your own photo to add to the yearbook. I’ll kick things off with a superlative I think we’ll all agree on:

 

Most Likely to Complete Every Challenge

Jackie Van Nice joined the challenges five months ago and completed her 48th challenge this week. That’s an accomplishment that deserves some recognition. You can view all of Jackie's challenge demos on her website. Way to go, Jackie!


Okay, it’s your turn. Whether you shared a demo or simply gleaned some inspiration from a demo, please take this week to recognize each other for the creative and generous ideas they shared over the past year.


About the challenges

Challenge enrollments are always open. If you skipped a challenge or had to drop out for personal reasons, don’t worry! You can always make it up for full credit.

 

To get credit for a challenge, complete a challenge and post a link to your demo in the challenge comments.

 

Stay cool E-Learning Heroes and don’t party work too hard! See you next year week!

 

Recap #48 E-Learning Storyboards Posted Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 2:52 PM

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E-Learning Challenge #48: Storyboard Templates for E-Learning

 

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, storyboards are critical to e-learning success. Whether you’re using text-based storyboards or detailed visual storyboards, there’s a storyboard format for every project and course designer.

 

This week's challenge features free storyboard templates, tips and insights, and even video tutorials! Please take some time to read and comment on the uber helpful storyboard articles your fellow community members shared this week.

 

A big E-Learning Heroes shoutout to first-time challengers Ajay GuptaGena Hocson, and Nicola Redfearn! Thanks for joining the challenges. We're really glad you're here.

 

New to the challenges?

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.

 

Have a great week, E-Learning Heroes!

 

 

 

Patricio Bustamante

Patricio’s desk and storyboard example | e-Learning Ninja | @patob2000

 

 

Jeff Kortenbosch and Kevin Thorn

Download Storyboard Template |  Serious Learning (Jeff) | NuggetHead Studioz (Kevin) | @elearningjeff @LearnNuggets

 

 

Melissa Milloway

What’s in an e-learning storyboard? | @MelMilloway

 

Jackie Van Nice

The Challenge of Storyboarding (+Free Template!) | @jackietrains

 

Ashley Chiasson

Storyboard Templates for E-Learning | @amdchiasson

 

Donna Carson

E-Learning Challenge: Storyboarding | @ElearninCanBfun

 

 

Jennifer Valley

Storyboard Templates for E-Learning | @jvalley0714

 

Nicola Redfearn

Download Nicola’s Storyboard Template | Nicola Redfearn

 

Gena Hocson

E-Learning Storyboards

 

Daniel Brigham

 

Storyboarding Essentials Screencast

 

 

 

3 Ways to Storyboard Your E-Learning Course

 

Richard Watson

 

Storyboards for e-Learning | @bridgehillLS

 

Ajay Gupta

 

Free Product Tour Template in PowerPoint 2007 | @epiphanylearnin

 

Andrew Sellon

 

Storyboarding 101 – Creating the Blueprint For Your eLearning | @AndrewSellonNY

 

 

 

 


 

More about the e-learning  challenges:

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.

 

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E-Learning Challenges Posted Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 4:30 AM

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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.

E-learning mistakes

 

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

 



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Share Your Social Networks with the E-Learning Community Posted Friday, August 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

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If you’re like most course designers, E-Learning Heroes is a major hub of your online presence. Day in and day out, you and fellow community members build relationships by sharing expertise, solving problems, and giving away really cool stuff.  However, chances are you’re always looking for new ways to extend your online presence and grow your network. 

 

If you Tweet, Like, Pin, Connect, +1, or blog, please share your social networks (with links) in the comments below. You don’t need to share everything—just the networks you use professionally.

 

To get things started, here's where you can find Articulate:

 

Blogs:

Social Networks:


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E-Learning Challenge #48: Storyboard Templates for E-Learning Posted Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:57 PM

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Whether you prefer scripts, blueprints, or rapid prototypes, chances are you’re using some type of storyboard to plan and organize your e-learning projects. In most cases, successful projects depend on the designer’s use of a storyboard.


Storyboards are also one of the most popular discussions in our forums. New designers ask to see examples, download templates, and learn more about workflows and using storyboards. Experienced designers share their favorite tools and tips while debating the use of storyboards and prototypes.


Regardless of your experience, storyboards are a critical element in the course design process. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!


Challenge of the week

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!


Share your storyboard templates

Do you have a storyboard template you’d like to share with the community? Great! Share your template in the comments and we’ll feature it in our downloads gallery.


Questions to answer

Whether you share a template this week or just want to join the discussion, I’d love to get your feedback on one or more of following questions:

  • How do you define scripting, storyboarding, and prototyping? Which method do you prefer?

  • Do you use different types of storyboards? When do you use each?

  • How do you storyboard interactivity?

  • What are your top three storyboard tips for new course creators?

Tools

You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, or PowerPoint to create your e-learning storyboard examples.


Resources

Here are a few resources to get you thinking about storyboards.


Storyboard templates:

Blog posts:

Forum discussions:

Share your e-learning work

  • Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your e-learning storyboard and blog post.

  • Forums: Create your own thread in our E-Learning Heroes forums and share a link to your e-learning storyboard.

  • Personal blog:  If you have a blog, please consider writing about your e-learning storyboard process. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure. 

  • TwitterIf you share your e-learning storyboards on Twitter, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.

  • FacebookReply to this Facebook post with a screenshot of your e-learning storyboard and a link to your template or blog post.

Last week’s challenge

Before you storyboard this  week’s challenge, take a moment to check out the e-learning call center demos your fellow community members shared in last week’s challenge:

E-Learning Challenge #47: Call Center Training in Online Learning

 

 


More about the e-learning  challenges:

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.


Post written by David Anderson

 

Recap #47: Call Center Support in E-Learning Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 2:10 PM

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E-Learning Challenge #47: Call Center Training in Online Learning

 

Howdy E-Learning Heroes! I hope you're enjoying this week's challenge.

 

After seeing what you folks come up with week after week, I think the slogan "There's an app for that" should be changed to "There's an E-Learning Hero for that!" You guys are amazing amazing. Thanks to everyone who shared a demo, source file, or supportive feedback this week. 

 

Interested in sharing a call center demo?

We'd love to see your work. Just add a link in the comments below and we'll update this post to include your example. And if you share your challenge demos on Twitter, use #ELHchallenge so your tweeps can find your e-learning coolness.You're also welcome to share your call center demo on our Facebook call center challenge page.

 

Keep up the amazing work, E-Learning Heroes!

 

 

Call Center Software Training

View Jackie's Call Center Interaction | Jackie Van Nice | Blog post | @JackieTrains

Call Center Training Demo

View Tim's Call Center Training Example | Download Source | Tim Slade | Blog Post | @sladetim | Pinterest

 

Dealing with Irate Callers

View Dealing with Irate Callers Demo | Nick Russell | Website

Call Centre

View Tracy's Call Centre Demo | Tracy Parish | Blog Post | @TracyParish

 

Call Center Training for Concierges

View Donielle's Training Demo | Donielle Bell

 

Call Center Comic Book Game

View Andrew's Comic Book Game | Andrew Sellon | Blog Post | @AndrewSellonNY

 

Handling Difficult Calls

View Handling Difficult Callers | George Aston | @georgeaston

 

Call Center Interactive Training

View Daniel's Interactive Demo | Source File | Daniel Adeboye | Blog Post

 

Call Center Training - Studio ‘13

View Jeff's Studio '13 Demo | Source File | Jeff Kortenbosch | Serious Learning | @elearningjeff

 

Taxi Tasks

View Mellissa's Taxi Tasks Interaction | Melissa Milloway | Website | @MelMilloway


Call Center Training Challenge

View Gerard's Call Center Demo | Gerard Friel | Blog Post | @gerardfriel

 

Call Center Scenario

Download Jennifer's PowerPoint File | Jennifer Valley | Blog Post | @jvalley0714

 

Call Center Training

Call Center Training Example  | Paul Alders | Website | @paulalders

 

 

Call Center Interaction

Call Center Training Example | Nagarjuna Veeramallu | Pixentia | @pixentia

 


 

More about the e-learning  challenges:

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.

 

Post written by David Anderson

 

10 Fresh and Free E-Learning Templates for Articulate Storyline Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:45 PM

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I'm constantly amazed by all the generous course designers who share freely their source files in the Articulate community. Every time I jump into the forums it seems someone's sharing another free template. Below you'll find 10 fresh and free e-learning templates for Articulate Storyline.

 

More E-Learning Template Recaps

 

 

 

Interactive Org Chart: Apple’s Leadership Team

View Interactive Org Chart | Download Template | Tim Slade | Blog Post | @sladetim

 

 

 

Virtual Tour Template

Virtual Tour Example | Download Template | Jackie Van Nice | Blog Post | @jackietrains

 

 

Guided Image Interaction

View Guided Image Interaction | Download Template | Jeff Kortenbosch | Website | @elearningjeff

 

 

History Timeline

View Interactive Timeline | Download Template | David Glow | Website | @CriticalLearner

 

 

E-Learning Challenge #47: Call Center Training in Online Learning Posted Friday, August 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

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Update: View the call center examples from this week's challenge

 

One of our most popular interactions is the call center scenario that ships with Storyline. It’s not popular because it’s the world’s best-looking interaction—it isn't.  

 

It’s a popular template because call center training is a popular topic. Almost every company has some degree of customer support training and this template is the go-to template for call center training.

As the saying goes, if the only call center template you have is the built-in Two-Person Scenario, then that's the one you use. Hopefully not after this week's challenge! 

 

What Do Call Centers Look Like?

Spoiler alert: Call centers all look the same. At least most of them do.

 

Don't believe me? Try searching for “call center” in any stock photo site and you’ll find the typical images for call centers.

Stock photography won't always help us personalize interactions for a specific industry. 


Two Ways to Personalize Your Call Center Designs

I'm guessing most call center employees dress business casual and work from offsite locations that look roughly the same across industries. To personalize your slides to your topic, you need to play off your topic's visual voice and that involves a wardrobe and set change. Here are some quick examples:


Uniforms create context

If you don't have the right stock characters for your project, try giving them a wardrobe change. The good news is you don't need much to transform a business character's look and feel.


Backgrounds create context

Background images are the largest image on your slide making them one of the best ways to establish context and a sense of location.

A quick background change can transform an air transportation theme into a medical theme:


Support training is a big part of e-learning. Finding creative ways to create call center training is what this week's challenge is all about!


Challenge of the week

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.

 

Do you design call center training?

That's great. Feel free to share examples you’ve already built. This week's challenge is all about sharing creative ideas and we'd love to see what you've created.

 

Need some ideas to get you started?

Feel free to use use placeholder content for your interaction. The topics below are only ideas to guide your use of placeholder content.


  • Call center training for broadcast & internet companies

  • Anatomy of a call center

  • Reducing wait times

  • Dealing with angry customers

  • Rebuild Storyline's two-person scenario interaction

Tools

You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, or PowerPoint to design your call center interaction.


Resources

Here are a few resources to help kickstart your creative juices:

Share your e-learning work

  • Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published project and blog post.

  • Forums: Create your own thread in our E-Learning Heroes forums and share a link to your published demo.

  • Personal blog:  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. 

  • TwitterIf you share your demos on Twitter, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.

  • FacebookReply to this Facebook post with a screenshot of your project and a link to your demo.

Last week’s challenge

Before you dial into this week’s challenge, take a break to check out the e-learning portfolios your fellow community members shared in last week’s challenge:


E-Learning Challenge #46: Show Us Your E-Learning Portfolio

 

 


More about the e-learning  challenges:

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.


Post written by David Anderson

 

E-Learning Portfolios (Recap #46) Posted Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM

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E-Learning Challenge #46: Show Us Your E-Learning Portfolio

 

No matter what types of e-learning you build, there’s a lot to learn from reviewing work from other designers. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed checking out your portfolios. Thanks to everyone who shared their work this week.

 

Want to share your e-learning portfolio with the community? Add a link to the comments below and send me the header graphic you’d like to use to promote your work. The image dimensions should be: 550x275.

 

If you share your portfolio on Twitter, use #ELHchallenge so we can find your work.You're also welcome to share your portfolio on our Facebook portfolio page.

 

Keep up the amazing work, E-Learning Heroes!

 

 

 

Jackie Van Nice

Jackie Van Nice | View Jackie's E-Learning Portfolio | Blog post | Twitter | Pinterest

 

Richard Watson

 

Richard Watson | Richard E-Learning Portfolio | Twitter | Pinterest

 

Dan Sweigert

Dan Sweigert | View Dan's E-Learning Portfolio | Twitter

 

 

Keith Freeman

Keith Freeman | View Keith's E-Learning Portfolio

 

Nancy Woinoski

Nancy Woinoski | View Nancy's E-Learning Portfolio@pinchedhead

 

Montse Anderson

 

Montse Anderson | View Montse's E-Learning Portfolio@mlearning

 

Joe Gray

Joe Gray | View Joe's E-Learning Portfolio

 

Dianne Hope

Dianne Hope | View Dianne's E-Learning Portfolio@diannehope

 

Matt Guyan

Matt Guyan | View Matt's E-Learning Portfolio@MattGuyan

 

Ashley Chiasson

Ashley Chiasson | View Ashley's E-Learning Portfolio@amdchiasson

 

Jeff Kortenbosch

Jeff Kortenbosch | View Jeff's E-Learning Portfolio@ElearningJeff

 

Nick Leffler

Nick Leffler | View Nick's E-Learning Portfolio@technkl

 

Trina Rimmer

Trina Rimmer | View Trina's E-Learning Portfolio@trinarimmer

 

Melissa Milloway

 

Melissa Milloway | Online View Melissa's E-Learning Portfolio@MelMilloway

 

 

Tim Slade

Tim Slade | View Tim's E-Learning Portfolio@sladetim | Pinterest

 

Simon Perkins

Simon Perkins | View Simon's E-Learning Portfolio

 

Josh Stoner

ELH Profile | Online PortfolioTwitter

 

Stephanie Harnett

ELH Profile | Online PortfolioTwitter

 

Mary Beth Faccioli

ELH Profile | Online PortfolioTwitter

 

Jennifer Valley

ELH Profile | Online PortfolioTwitter

 

Farrah Faruqui

ELH Profile | Online PortfolioTwitter

 

Daniel Adeboye

ELH Profile | Online Portfolio | Blog Post

 

Allison Nederveld

ELH Profile | Online PortfolioTwitter

 

Andrew Sellon

ELH Profile | Online PortfolioTwitter

 

Nick Russell

ELH Profile | Online Portfolio


Bryan Jones

ELH Profile | Online Portfolio | Twitter 

 

Phil Mayor

ELH Profile | Online Portfolio | Twitter 

 

Donna Carson

ELH Profile | Online Portfolio | Twitter 

 

 


More about the e-learning  challenges:

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.

Post written by David Anderson

 

E-Learning Challenge #46: Show Us Your E-Learning Portfolio Posted Friday, August 08, 2014 at 5:32 PM

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“You had me at hello.”

There’s an interesting post at the Guardian this week. Evidently it takes a half a second for people to judge whether you’re trustworthyAssuming that’s true, how long do you think it takes someone to judge your e-learning trustworthiness?

 

Portfolios are like e-learning selfies

Just like book covers, movie posters, and every other type of product packaging, your e-learning screenshots convey an impression. How you present them matters.

 

Disagree? Ask yourself how many times you’ve changed your Facebook profile picture in the last year. What about your LinkedIn picture? I think it’s time course designers spent the same amount of time on their portfolio pictures as they do on their social media pictures.


And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!


Be deliberate when you show your work

You don’t need a portfolio of award-winning courses to be judged, “e-learning trustworthy.” Your goal should be to present the projects you have as if they’re award-winning courses. There’s a difference and I’ll show you an example.


Earlier this week one of our community members wrote me to review his portfolio. I can’t show his work here so I’m using one of our demo courses to illustrate the point.

 

In one example, he had a project for a well-known company. But the screenshot he used was from an Articulate Engage interaction.


There’s nothing wrong with Engage, but Engage interactions are templates that are mostly built for you. So even with some slick color and font skinning, the interaction is already shaped by the software. He should have led with one of the more custom slides he built.

 

Remember, what you show matters.


Give a crop about screenshots

Most e-learning courses are created around a 4:3 aspect ratio with a slide size of 720x540. That’s the standard, but there exceptions.


If your online portfolio's thumbnails are based on the same aspect ratio, then you don’t have a problem. But if your portfolio page is based around a different aspect ratio, you need to get creative in how you show your work.

 

Show the full slide

The most common way users display their work is by grabbing a screenshot of the entire slide. It’s an easy technique because it doesn’t require any additional editing. As long as your portfolio page or template uses the same aspect ratio, this format is perfect.

 


Find interesting elements

Another approach is to show creative or interesting elements from a slide. This means you won’t show everything at once. I do this for your challenge recap posts each week.


This works great when you’re limited on space or want to show a lot of thumbnails on the page. You can see a working example in our Storyline downloads. Nearly all the templates are 4:3 but our site's thumbnails are displayed in landscape mode.

 

Rebuild the screens

Have you ever noticed that movie posters are always shown in portrait mode while the movies are filmed in landscape mode? Clearly it would have been easier to take a still from the movie and use it for the poster. Instead, designers create custom designs—in portrait modeto promote the movie. That's something course designers can do, too!


There’s nothing wrong with creating a custom screenshot for each space where you share your projects. It’s a bit more work, but it’s the best way to control your screenshots across different social channels.

 


Challenge of the week

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.


There are four parts to this week’s challenge:

 

Part 1: Share your e-learning portfolio

Using the comments section below, include a link to your e-learning portfolio page. This should take you less than one minute. Woot!

 

Part 2: Create the header image for next week’s recap post

That’s right! I’m taking the week off from photo editing. This week you’re creating your header image for the recap post. 

 

You can show a single project or pull together a collage of projects. Use a screenshot of your website. Or use your logo. Or use a cute kitty. It’s up to you what you show. Check out last week’s recap post for an example.


  • Screenshot dimensions: 550x275. That’s a 2:1 aspect ratio.

NOTE: This part could get spammy, so I’m reserving editorial control to ensure submissions are viewer-friendly.

 

Part 3: Create portfolio screenshots for Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest

We’re getting a long way from the 4:3 aspect ratio, now. Facebook and Twitter both use landscape modes. This means your 720x540 e-learning screenshots aren’t optimized for Facebook and Twitter. Pinterest is a little more flexible.


The emphasis in this part is on adapting your screenshots for different social channels. You’ll need to crop or create versions of your portfolio header image so they align with each channel’s image specs.

 

Twitter and Facebook will auto-crop your images so they fit the stream. That sounds nice, right? Yes and no. Failing to respect the different aspect ratios could mean cutting off the heads of your customers. Sorry guys.

 

Thanks to @KellyMeeker for calling this to my attention. I won’t make that mistake again.


Part 4: Share your portfolio on social media

Twitter:

Tweet your screenshots and a link to your portfolio. Remember to include #ELHChallenge so we can find them

  • Image sizes: Twitter follows a 2:1 aspect ratio and recommends sizing images at 1024x512. 

  • This is the same aspect ratio I’m now using for challenge recap posts so you kind of get a pass with this one.

Facebook:

Reply to this Facebook post with your portfolio screenshot and a link back to your portfolio.


Pinterest:

Pin your portfolio image to your Pinterest board and use #elhchallenge. I'll search for the tag and re-pin your images to the Elearning Portfolio. You can message me to let me know you've pinned your image, too. But I'll check Pinterest each day for new #elhchallenge pins.

  • Image sizes: You’re not limited to using the same 2:1 aspect ratio like you did for Twitter and the challenge recap.

  • Pinterest pins use a fixed width of 236 pixels. You can use a height of up to 882 pixels so that gives you some interesting options.

  • The single image size is capped at 736 pixels wide and 1102 pixels tall.


Last week’s e-learning challenge

E-Learning Audio Tips & Tricks

 

Before you show off the cool work you’re doing in this week’s challenge, take peek at the audio tips your fellow community members shared in last week’s audio challenge:

 

More about the e-learning  challenges:

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.

 

Wishing you a pretty-as-a-picture week, E-Learning Heroes!

 


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.


Post written by David Anderson

 

E-Learning Audio and Recording Tips - Recap #45 Posted Thursday, August 07, 2014 at 2:09 PM

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How do e-learning designers record high-quality audio every time? What's the best microphone for recording narration?

 

Turns out, we know a few people who can answer those questions! Thanks to everyone who shared and participated in this week's challenge. There's enough audio goodness to take everyone's recording to the next level!

 

And a special thanks to our first-time challengers who joined this week. We're glad you're here!

 

 

New to the challenges?

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.

 

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. And if you tweet your projects, try using #ELHChallenge so we can track the cool demos you share.

 

Thanks, E-Learning Heroes! You folks do awesome work!

 

 

Tim Slade

 

Recording Professional Quality Audio from Home

 

 

Author: Tim Slade

Twitter: @sladetim

 

Tom Kuhlmann

 

Tips & Tricks for Recording Audio Narration

 

 

Author: Tom Kuhlmann

Twitter: @TomKuhlmann

 

Tricia Ransom

 

Recording Audio in Online Training

 

 

Author: Tricia Ransom

Twitter: @TriciaRansom

 

Amy Iannucci

 

Amy's audio tips

 

 

Author: Amy Iannucci

 

Jackie Van Nice

 

How I Record Audio for E-Learning

 

 

Author: Jackie Van Nice

Twitter: @JackieTrains

 

Dan Sweigert

 

Sound Advice

 

 

Author: Dan Sweigert

Twitter: @elearningwdan

 

Nicole Legault

 

Audio Recording Tips

 

 

Author: Nicole Legault

Twitter: @nicole_legault

 

Mike Schwind

 

How We Record Audio

 

 

Author: Mike Schwind

Website: SchwindTEC eLearning Solutions

Twitter: @slivo6

 

Melissa Milloway

 

It's all in the audio!

 

 

Author: Melissa Milloway

Twitter: @MelMilloway

 

Nick Russell

 

Audacity recording and editing tips

 

 

Author: Nick Russell

 

Jeff Kortenbosch

 

Tips for eLearning Audio recording on the go

 

 

Author: Jeff Kortenbosch

Twitter: @elearningjeff

 

Ashley Chiasson

 

Recording Audio in Online Training

 

 

Author: Ashley Chiasson

Twitter: @amdchiasson

 

Mary Beth Faccioli

 

Tips for Great Elearning Audio

 

 

Author: Mary Beth Faccioli

Website: Design Shorts

Twitter: @webmb

 

Jennifer Valley

 

Articulate eLearning Hero's Challenge #45

 

 

Author: Jennifer Valley

Twitter: @jvalley0714

 

Mister Learning

 

Mister Learning's audio tips

 

 

Author: Mister Learning

Twitter: @misterlearning

 

Bruce Graham

 

My Audio Setup

 

 

Author: Bruce Graham

Twitter: @brucuk

 

Andy Parker

 

Andy audio tips

 

 

Profile: Andy Parker

 

Tim Danner

 

Tim’s audio tips

 

 

Author: Tim Danner

 

Ellen Katz

 

Ellen’s audio recording tips

 

 

Author: Ellen Katz

 

Nick Leffler

Work from high to low and clean that audio up

 

 

Author: Nick Leffler

Twitter: @technkl

 

Rick Handville

 

PreSonus Studio One Free (free)

 

 

Profile: Rick Handville

Website: MassMutual

 

Michael Fimian

 

MirrorScriptPro (free)

 

 

Profile: Michael Fimian

Website: Instructional Tech

Twitter: @MichaelFimian

 

Jim Dickeson

 

This is not Jim Dickeson's desk

 

Jim’s audio tips

 

 

Profile: Jim Dickeson

Website: papaya works

 

David Thompson

 

David’s audio tips

 

 

Author: David Thompson

 

Richard Watson

 

Recording Audio in Online Training

 

 

Author: Richard Watson

Twitter: @bridgehillLS

 

Daniel Adeboye

What I learned this week

 

 

Author: Daniel Adeboye

Website: All4Krist

 

 

 

Marcus Erasmus

Marcus' e-learning tips

Author: Marcus Erasmus

Website: Hitachi Construction Machinery

 


Post written by David Anderson

 

Audio Recording Tips for E-Learning Designers (Challenge #45) Posted Friday, August 01, 2014 at 2:50 PM

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If you’re like many course designers, you’ve probably had to record some audio for your e-learning courses. And recording audio is one of the simplest, most straightforward tasks you’ll perform in e-learning. You press the record button and—voilà!—you’re recording.


But what if you want to record high-quality audio? That’s easy, too. Every course designer knows that the key to great audio is… microphones. Right? Wait, it’s the recording software? No… Vocal booths? Mixers? Oh come on!


The reality is this: while recording audio is simple, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to improving audio quality. That means that the most helpful audio tips are the tips that align with a user’s recording needs, experience, and environment. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!


Challenge of the week

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.

 

There are three parts to this week’s challenge:

1. Tell us about your recording setup.

What type of microphone do you use? Do you record directly into your authoring tool, or do you record with a third-party application like Audacity? Do you record in your cubicle, or do you have a specific audio recording room?

 

2. Show us your e-learning audio setup.

Where do you record your e-learning audio? Try to capture what a typical session looks like. It’s okay to clean your desk before taking a picture… just keep things as real-world as possible. Yes, this part requires a photo.


3. Share your three favorite audio recording tips.

We love tips, and rumor has it you guys have the best audio tips around. Share your favorites. No audio tip is too small. If something’s worked well for you, we want to know all about it.


Tools

You can share audio challenge using Articulate Studio, Articulate Storyline, PowerPoint, the forums, or your own blog. Since this is a slightly different challenge, you have more options for how you share your entries.


Resources

Last week’s virtual tour challenge

Before you sound off in this week’s challenge, take a virtual tour of the amazing demos your fellow community members shared in last week’s virtual tour challenge:

E-Learning Challenge #44: Virtual Tours in Online Training

 

More about the e-learning  challenges:

The e-learning 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.

 

Wishing you a safe-and-sound week, E-Learning Heroes!

 


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.


Post written by David Anderson

 

Virtual Tours in E-Learning (Recap #44) Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 1:24 PM

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View E-Learning Challenge #44: Virtual Tours in Online Training

 

Whether you’re into princesses, chocolate, or boldly going where no course designer’s gone before, chances are you’ll find virtually everything you’re looking for in this week’s challenge.

 

A big E-Learning Heroes shoutout to first-time challenger Donielle Bell. Donielle introduced herself by sharing a beautiful city tour interaction. Thanks and welcome, Donielle! We're really glad you're here.

 

New to the challenges?

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.

 

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.

 

Thanks for a tour-iffic week, E-Learning Heroes!

 



Paris: A Virtual Tour

View Nicole's Virtual Tour of Paris

Author: Nicole Legault

Website: Nicole’s Blog

Twitter: @nicole_legault


Wonka Chocolate Tour

View Wonka Chocolate Virtual Tour

 

Stock Clerk Tour

View Stock Clerk Tour

 

Author: Melissa Milloway

Blog: Drop that page turner for an immersive experience

Twitter: @MelMilloway


U.S.S. Defiant Virtual Tour

View U.S.S. Defiant Virtual Tour

Author: Tim Slade

Website: Tim Slade

Twitter: @sladetim

 

 

Virtual Tour of New South Wales (NSW)

View Virtual Tour of New South Wales (NSW)

Author: Matt Guyan

Website: Learning Snippets

Twitter: @MattGuyan

 


Disney Princesses at Epcot World Showcase

View Disney Princesses at Epcot World Showcase

Author: David Glow

Blog post: Business Critical Learning

Twitter: @CriticalLearner

 


My Scenic Route to E-learning Design

View My Scenic Route to E-learning Design

 

Author: Jackie Van Nice
Blog post and demo: My Scenic Route to E-learning Design
Storyline template: Download

Twitter: @JackieTrains

 

 

Virtual Office Security Tour

View Office Security Tour

Author: Tom Kuhlmann
Website: Rapid E-Learning Blog
Twitter: @TomKuhlmann
Demo: Office Security Tour
Storyline template: Download


A Virtual Tour of Oregon

View A Virtual Tour of Oregon

 

Author: Richard Watson
Blog post and demo: A Virtual Tour of Oregon

Screencast tutorial: View
Twitter: @bridgehillLS

 

Justin’s Real Estate and Movie Studio

View Justin’s Real Estate and Movie Studio

Author: Tracy Parish
Blog post and demo: Justin’s Real Estate and Movie Studio
Twitter: @TracyParish


Urban Prairie Primary Care Network

View Urban Prairie Primary Care Network

Author: Louisa Fricker
Twitter: @LouisaFx

 


Cities of the World

View Cities of the World

Author: Josh Stoner
Twitter: @joshuastoner

 


Virtual Home Tour PowerPoint

Download

Author: Daniel Adeboye

Website: All4Krist

Template: Download

 


Solar System: A Virtual Tour

View Solar System: A Virtual Tour

 

 

Twitter: @keypointlearn

Virtual Tour of the Australian Outback

Virtual Tour of the Australian Outback

Author: Dianne Hope

Blog post: Virtual Tour of the Australian Outback

Twitter: @DianneHope

 

Welcome to ACME Global

Welcome to ACME Global

Author: Jeff Kortenbosch

Website: Serious Learning

Twitter: @elearningjeff

 

 

Interactive Map

Interactive Map

 

Author: Simon Blair

Website: Simon Blair Consulting

Twitter: @SimonBlairTrain

 

Interactive Timeline

 

Interactive Timeline

 

 

Author: Simon Perkins

Website: e-volv

 

Welcome to My World

 

Welcome to My World

 

 

 

Author: Nick Russell

Website: Benchmark Learning

 

Virtual Tours in Online Training (Challenge #44) Posted Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5:54 PM

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UPDATE: View the virtual tour examples from this week's challenge

 

In last week’s org chart challenge, you shared creative ways to virtually introduce learners to key players in your organization. Your demos were amazing and included everything from standard org charts to creative meet the team examples.


In the spirit of virtual introductions, I thought we’d look at ways to introduce learners to locations using virtual tours. Virtual tours are a great way for learners to experience remote locations—just like they would if they were on a real-world field trip.

 

Before we jump into this week’s challenge, let’s look at some examples and basic considerations for designing virtual tours.


Simple Tours

One of the easiest tours to create involves a floor plan or cutaway shot of a location with buttons placed over key areas. Clicking each button loads a modal window containing information about the area. These are easy to build and a great starting point for virtual tours.

 

Energy House

Maps and Photos

Using the floor plan concept, tours can use creative layouts to combine maps and photos. I really like the way the LA Times created this virtual home tour. Clicking each camera icon reveals a photo for that given location. Notice how the camera icon changes to indicate the direction the photo was taken.

 

The single-family artist colony

 

Another option is to use the map only for reference and place the interactivity on the photos. In this example, users navigate by clicking through a series of photos while the map is visually updated to indicate the general area of the photo.

 

A Wine Tour of Collio, by Vespa

Audio-based tours

Audio-based tours emphasize narration over fancy graphics and interaction. This example by Mother Jones shows how a photo combined with labeled graphics and audio narration can help learners virtually tour a prison cell.

 

Life in the Hole: Inside a Solitary Cell

Tabbed navigation

Tabs are another way to highlight key areas of a location by using image-based thumbnails. Each tab can represent a different area and include different types of multimedia.

 

View A New Tower for The Times

3D Virtual World Tours

Virtual tours can be immersive experiences like those in Second Life and other virtual worlds. These are complex to produce and often difficult to navigate. Thankfully, we don’t need anything this complex to create engaging virtual tours!

View Elearning Guild Annual Gathering 2008

 

Challenge of the week

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.

 

Examples wanted!

If you have some examples of virtual tours that you really like, please share them in the comments below.

 

Tools

You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, or PowerPoint to build your interactive virtual tour.


Last week’s interactive org chart challenge

Before you go on tour this week, take a look at the virtual introductions your fellow community members shared in last week’s challenge.

More about the e-learning  challenges:

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.


Wishing you an tour-iffic week, E-Learning Heroes!

 



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 share your work on Twitter, try using #ELHchallenge to help others track your projects.

 

Post written by David Anderson

 

Recap: #43: Interactive Org Charts in E-Learning Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM

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Wow! What a great week of interactive org charts! Hands down, one of our best challenges ever!

 

First, a big thanks to first-time challengers Louisa, Josh, Nick, Ellen, DarlesaFarrah, Mel, Jennifer, and Justine, ! We’re so glad you’re here!

 

This week’s recap features interactive org charts, meet the team, who’s who, and other creative (and surprising) ideas for introducing people in e-learning.

 

New to the challenges?

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.

 

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. And if you tweet your projects, try using #ELHChallenge so we can track the cool demos you share.

 

Thanks, E-Learning Heroes! You folks do awesome work!

 

 

Louisa Fricker

View Louisa's interactive org chart

 

View Louisa's interactive org chart

 

View Louisa's interactive org chart

 

Louisa kicked off the week’s challenge with a interactive org chart. Later, she shared a version of Meet the Team. She wasn’t finished. Inspired by Tim’s blurred background demo, Louisa came back with her own version. Thanks so much, Louisa!


 

David Glow

View David's interactive org chart

 

David shared a creative org chart featuring a clean and flat design theme.


 

Tim Slade

View Tim's interactive org chart

 

Tim went all out this week by sharing a free Storyline template for his interactive org chart. You’ll want to check out Tim’s blog post and time-lapse video to learn more about this awesome project.


 

Montse Anderson

View Montse's interactive org chart

 

View Montse's interactive org chart

 

View Montse's interactive org chart

 

Montse shared three creative examples for introducing key players in the organization.


 

Jeff Kortenbosch

View Jeff's interactive org chart

 

View Jeff's interactive org chart

 

Jeff shared a top-down perspective with his interactive org chart. Be sure to check out Jeff’s blog post and time-lapse video to learn how he pulled this project together. Thanks, Jeff!


 

 

Nicole Legault

View Nicole's interactive org chart

Nicole channeled some Office Space to create her interactive org chart.


 

Matt Guyan

View Matt's interactive org chart

Matt sported a trading cards theme to introduce corporate rugby players. Very cool, Matt!


 

Melissa Milloway

View Melissa's interactive org chart

 

View Melissa's interactive org chart

 

Melissa kicked things into high gear by sharing two creative examples for introducing key players. Lots of inspiration in these two demos!


 

Darlesa Cahoon

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Darlesa shared a creative idea for working with illustrated characters. I might have to find a way to make this idea into its own challenge. Great demo, Darlesa!


 

Josh Stoner

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It’s a jungle out there! What better way to tame office craziness than getting to know the animals? Great demo, Josh. Hope to see more of your in future challenges.


 

Nick Leffler

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Nick jumped into his first challenge by sharing his version of interactive org charts and a free Storyline template. Thanks, Nick!


 

 

Lance Treloar

 

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Lance shared a practical solution for managing large org charts. Great solution for something you can use in just about any org chart project. Thanks, Lance! 


 

 

 

Daniel Adeboye

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Daniel used PowerPoint to create his well-designed org chart. Check out Daniel’s blog post to learn more about his project and download the free PowerPoint template. Thanks, Daniel!


 

 

Tracy Parish

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Cool twist on this week’s challenge by using a seating chart example. Great job with the interactive elements for each sections. Check out Tracy’s blog post to learn more about her project and Atsumi’s fashion makeover.


 

 

Dianne Hope

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Dianne always shares such creative ideas and this week was no exception. Using a common photography shot, Dianne shared a fun way to introduce each team member. Check out Dianne’s blog post to learn more about her project!


 

 

Ellen Katz

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Ellen jumped into her first challenge with a clean and practical solution for interactive org charts. Welcome and great job, Ellen. Really hope to see you in future challenges.

 

 

 

Allison Nederveld

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Great use of slide layers in this animated meet the authors demo. Well done, Allison!

 

 

 

 

Dan Sweigert

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Dan proved he knows e-learning like the back of his hand in this hand-crafted org chart. For a first-hand account of how this came together, check out Dan’s blog post.

 

 

Paul Alders

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Paul took a scenario-based approach to his creative org chart demo. Featuring 3D backgrounds and interactive conversations, this is a must-see project. Thanks, Paul!

 

 

Cary Glenn

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Get to know who reports to Who in this sci-fi theme interaction. I love seeing Dr. Who brought into the challenges. We might need to find a way to make a full challenge around this. Thanks, Cary!

 

 

Nick Russell

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Meet the family of beers in this animated org chart by community member Nick Russel. Nick always finds a unique "twist" on things and this project has plenty of twisting!

 

 

 

Jackie Van Nice

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Jackie shared an entertaining twist on “meet the team” by categorizing one’s job by level of importance. Thanks, Jackie!

 

 

 

 

Farrah Faruqul

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Farrah joined her first challenge with this creative family tree activity designed for little kids. Great concept, Farrah!


 

Richard Watson

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View Richard's interactive org chart

 

Lots of cool ideas in Richard's org chart like the silhouette effect and drag-drop test mode. Check out Richard's blog post to learn more about his project. Great job, Richard!

 

 

Sophia Xu

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Nice use of variables for navigation in this branching org chart.

 

 

Bruce Graham

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Meet the international team and learn about their operations in this icon-based, interactive map.

 

 

Mel Gordon

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Meet your e-learning team in this interactive org chart by Mel Gordon.

 

Jennifer Jakob

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Meet your superhero in this comic-themed org chart by Jennifer Jakob.


Profile: Jennifer Jakob

Website: Jennifer Jakob

 

Justine Swain

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Come meet your new department in this branching org chart by first-time challenger Justine Swain.

 

Cecilia Bernal

Three basic layouts for “Meet the Team” examples

 

Cecilia shared a detailed and thoughtful summary of this week’s challenge entries. Thanks again for inspiring this week’s challenge, Cecelia!


 

 



 

Post written by David Anderson