What’s cookin’, E-Learning Heroes?

Since many of us here in the US will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the Weekly Challenge entries you’ve shared over the past 12 weeks. And I’ll tell you, it’s a cornucopia of e-learning inspiration!

As I was compiling the entries, I was reminded of how thankful I am for this amazing community. You guys generously share your time, expertise, and ideas with one another. That’s a recipe for e-learning success—and that’s something we can all be thankful for.

How Would You Show Meaningful Comparisons?

What’s Your Best Tabs Interaction?

Gate Screens in Online Courses

  • Montse Anderson shared a course-review gate screen that presented the learner with options to review resources, collaborate in discussion threads, or continue to the next chapter.
  • Tracy Parish shared an out-of-this-world gate idea that featured a summary gate with options to dig deeper into the topic or return to the navigation slide. Great idea, Tracy!
  • Lucia Salters shared a decision-making gate that asked learners to confirm their scenario choices or return to make a different selection. This is a practical approach for a lot of the courses we design in corporate e-learning.
  • Blair Parkin took things in a creatively different direction by overlaying ribbon-styled gates over the in-slide video. While this approach is more subtle than the others, it’s an ideal solution that keeps the learner in the moment. Blair also shared his source files in this forum thread. Thanks, Blair!
  • Joe Deegan added a playful admonition into his shark-infested gate example.  Be sure to view the minimum number of videos or Snuffy gets it!

Flatten Up Your Course Design Skills

Desktop and Office Theme Designs

Bring This Medical Training Course Back To Life!

  • Sarah Redmond introduced herself to E-Learning Heroes by sharing her minimalist design that features creative navigation, lightboxes, and medical disclaimers.
  • Mariann Toth really captured the medical theme in her template makeover. From the characters, to the colors and medical imagery, she totally captured the medical feel in this template.
  • Curtis Pembrook also introduced himself to E-Learning Heroes with his medical makeover template. Really like the creative navigation, Ask the Expert, and Tips sub-navigation technique. This would make a great course template.

Weekly Challenge: Converting Static Content to Interactive Knowledge Checks

Create an E-Learning Template from Clip Art

Design an Ethics Course Template with Clip Art

Shoot Your Own E-Learning Background Graphics

Design a Comic Book Theme for Your E-Learning Course

Transform Infographics Into Interactive Graphics

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. For more e-learning tips, examples, and downloads, follow us on Twitter.

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