Course Starter Templates for E-Learning


Course Starter Templates in E-Learning #123: Challenge | Recap

How Can Starter Templates Help E-Learning Designers Build Better Courses? 

One of the biggest challenges new course designers face is visualizing how their 10,000-word script or storyboard will work as an e-learning course. The visual design is less of a factor than the general structure for the course content. 

From E-Learning Script to Course Design


Earlier this week, Joanna Kurpiewska shared a gorgeous 8-slide starter template for Articulate Storyline. Her template reminded me of how important multi-slide templates are for new users. 

8-slide starter template


View and download the course starter

We share a lot of single-slide interactions in our downloads hub. While those interactions are helpful to designers who have been building courses for a while, new users often want something a little more complete, which brings us to this week’s challenge.

What are Course Starter Templates? 

Course starters are multi-slide templates that include a combination of the most common e-learning content and interaction slides. 

What are Course Starter Templates? 

Starter templates provide a structure to the design, layout, and flow of an e-learning course. They don’t include every possible slide type, but they include enough slides to give users a working model from which they can begin assembling their projects.

Let’s look at a few examples from our downloads section. 

Business Gray Starter Template 

This template is available in both PowerPoint and Storyline in our downloads hub. The template features three main sections for objectives, modules, and resources. Five modules, each with a unique layout, were created to give you plenty of options to get started.

Business Gray Starter Template

View and download the course starter

Medical Course Starter Template

This medical-themed, 12-slide course starter features animated content slides, practice interactions, and graded quiz questions. 

Medical Course Starter Template

View and download the course starter

Cupcake Course Starters 

E-Learning Challenge #8 is still one of my favorites. In that challenge, designers were asked to take a single clip art file, break it apart into usable pieces, and create a fully working course starter template.

The slides included tabs interactions, media slides, drag-and-drop activities, true-false quizzes, and more. Pretty neat, right?

Cupcake Course Starters

Challenge of the Week 

This week, your challenge is to share a course starter template that contains at least six slides. You can share more, but the goal is to find the most essential content slides course designers would need to start building a course.

What to include in your course starter: 

Please include a combination of introduction, content, quiz, and summary slides. You’re welcome to add more slides, but include at least six slides in your template.

You can share your course starter in Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, or something as simple as PowerPoint. We just want to see what your most-used content slides look like.


Here are a few resources to help you get started. 

Last Week’s Challenge: 

Before you start this week’s challenge, check out the course examples from last week’s Dos and Don’t’s challenge:

Dos and Don’ts in E-Learning


Dos and Dont's in E-Learning RECAP #122: Challenge | Recap 

Wishing you a template-tastic week, E-Learning Heroes!

New to the E-Learning Challenges? 

The weekly e-learning hallenges 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. Just post a link to your demo in the comments section and I’ll update the recap posts to include your work.

Expedite Learning
David Anderson
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Kevin So

My First Submission! Any feedback would be appreciated. This template is inspired by one I developed as a proof of concept for an information security module. It provides a graphical look for objectives and a basic click and reveal format for delivering content. I also included a basic template for a branching scenario. The part that I was most happy with was the development of the customized navigation bar that floats from the bottom when you click on an image. It stays there until you click a button or click the image again (which sends the menu floating back). The reasoning behind this design was to prevent rapid clickthrough, a more robust navigation menu that incorporates glossary, help, and closed captioning light boxes, while allowing maximum screen real estate to content when the... Expand

Clint Clarkson