The Bulletin Board interaction lets learners explore a series of items in a freeform manner. Use the Bulletin Board interaction to:
- Make announcements.
- Provide instructions or reminders.
- Establish the details of a scenario.
Exploring the Editor
The Bulletin Board editor has three columns with the following panels:
- Steps: Located on the left side of the screen, this panel is used to manage notes for the Bulletin Board.
- Preview: Located at the top of the middle section, this panel is used to arrange the layout of notes on the Bulletin Board.
- Text: Located at the bottom of the middle section, this panel is used to add text to each note.
- Audio: Located in the upper right corner of the editor, this panel is used to add and edit audio.
- Media: Located in the lower right corner, this panel is used to add pictures, characters, videos, and Flash files.
Here are some tips for working with the editor:
- Change the width of a column by dragging its boundary with your mouse.
- Expand the text panel by dragging its top boundary upward if you need more room to work with text.
- Click the triangle in the upper right corner of the Audio panel to collapse it if you need more room to work with the Media panel. Click it again to reopen the panel.
Each step in a Bulletin Board interaction is called a note. To add a note, do any of the following:
- Press Ctrl+M.
- Go to the Bulletin Board tab on the ribbon, and click Add Note.
- Click the Create a new step button in the lower left corner of the Steps panel.
- Click the Duplicate button at the bottom of the Steps panel to copy the currently selected note(s).
New notes get added just below the note that's currently selected in the Steps panel—unless the summary is selected, in which case new notes get added above it.
Tip: A Bulletin Board interaction can have up to 100 notes (not counting the introduction and summary).
Changing Color and Style of Notes
To change the color or style of a note, select the note you want to modify (in the Steps panel or on the board), and use the following formatting options on the ribbon:
- Pin Color: This changes the color of the pushpin that attaches the note to the board. To use the same color for all notes, click the Apply to All button to the right of the Pin Color drop-down.
- Note Color: This changes the color of the note. To use the same color for all notes, click the Apply to All button to the right of the Note Color drop-down.
- Note Style: This changes the rotation and curl of the note. To use the same style for all notes, click the Apply to All button to the right of the Note Style drop-down.
Note: Custom colors can't be defined for notes and pins.
To rename a note, do either of the following:
- Double-click the note in the Steps panel to open it for editing. Enter the new name, and press the Enter key.
- Select the note in the Steps panel, and type the new name in the title field at the top of the text panel.
Tip: You can rename the introduction or summary in the same way.
There are two aspects to arranging notes: layering and spatial layout. Layering (or stacking) refers to how notes behave when they overlap on the board (three-dimensional arrangement). Spatial layout refers to how notes are distributed across the board (two-dimensional arrangement).
Layering is controlled by the order of notes in the Steps panel. The first note in the list is the bottommost note on the board. The last note in the list is the topmost note on the board. To change the layer order, select one or more notes in the Steps panel, and do any of the following:
- Drag them to a new location. An orange line will move with your mouse to indicate where the notes will be when your mouse is released.
- Go to the Bulletin Board tab on the ribbon, click Move Note, and select either Up or Down.
- Up and Down arrows at the bottom of the Steps panel.
The order of notes in the Steps panel also determines their sequential order when learners use the previous and next buttons on the player to navigate through your interaction.
Spatial layout is easy to control. Simply drag notes to a new location on the board.
Tip: Use the arrow keys on your keyboard for more precise placement. Hold down the Ctrl key while pressing the arrows keys for even tighter control.
To delete a note, select it in the Steps panel or on the board, and do any of the following:
- Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
- Go to the Bulletin Board tab on the ribbon, and click Delete Note.
- Click the Delete button at the bottom of the Steps panel.
Tip: You can't delete the introduction or summary, but you can hide them.
Adding Content to Notes
To add text, audio, and media to each note, see the following tutorials: