6 Skeuomorphism-Style E-Learning Demos

Skeuomorphism is a long and fancy word that basically means design that’s inspired by real-world objects. So if you’re creating an icon that represents a wastebasket, you might make it resemble a wastebasket, with a three-dimensional look and feel.

Skeuomorphism is a popular approach for e-learning, and not just because it looks cool. It’s also a great way to lend an authentic, realistic feel to interactions that will help learners get in the right mindset for applying their new knowledge to their jobs.

  • See how a skeuomorphic approach can help create a gritty mood in this crime scene investigation game by Veronica Budnikas.
  • Check out the skeuomorphic look of this intro to identifying and working with tools by Richard Hill. He ensures that learners will be able to identify and work with key tools when it counts.
  • Peruse David Tait’s unique approach to providing an interactive portfolio.
  • Need help figuring out the difference between flat and skeuomorphic design? Try this fun drag-and-drop game by Tania Vercoelen.
  • Get ready for your next hike with the fresh, green, and realistic feel of this tree ID slider by Tim Danes.
  • Need help learning to take care of your outdoor green spaces? The real-life images in this landscape care interaction by Sara Healy make it easy to envision yourself using these tools in your own backyard. Literally.

Interested in learning more about using skeuomorphism in e-learning? Check out the E-Learning Challenge on this very topic—and feel free to share your own example!  

Tennille Merkle