The graphics you use in your e-learning play a large role in the effectiveness of your course. The challenge for most course designers is that they don’t have access to a team of graphic designers or professional illustrators who can help them create the appropriate graphics for their course.
The good news is that most of what anyone needs to create course graphics is already available in tools like Articulate Storyline. Using basic lines and shapes in creative ways, designers can build their own custom graphics that can be reused across multiple courses.
Creating a Paper with Push Pin
If you’re comfortable creating a circle and a rectangle in Storyline, then you’re on your way to creating a custom course graphic.
Creating an iPad Graphic
Feeling confident? Try adding a rounded rectangle to your graphics arsenal and you’ll have everything you need to create an iPad graphic.
The trick to creating custom graphics is learning to see past the final object and see the underlying lines and shapes that make up the final object. And that’s what this week’s screencast challenge is all about!
Screencast Challenge of the Week
This week, your challenge is to screencast a tip for using Storyline’s built-in shape tools to create custom graphics for e-learning.
You can focus your tutorials on the basics, or share a more project-specific idea that combines multiple techniques for using Storyline’s shapes.
NOTE: Don’t worry if someone already recorded a similar tutorial. The weekly screencast challenges are for you to show what you know using your own personal voice and style.
Topics or Areas to Demonstrate
Not sure where to focus your tutorials? Here are some basic ideas to get you started:
- Adding pictures, captions, and shapes
- Formatting options for pictures and shapes
- Combining shapes to create custom graphics
- Masking effects using Picture Shapes
- Adding color fills and outlines
- Drawing custom shapes
Here are a few articles from Tom that will help you create some basic graphics and characters using PowerPoint.
- How to Create Your Own Illustrated Characters in PowerPoint
- How to Create Your Own Hand-Drawn Graphics
Here are a few challenges that might give you some topic ideas for this week’s challenge.
- Flatten Up Your Course Design Skills #4
- Shoot Your Own E-Learning Background Graphics #10
- 35 Flat Design Graphics for E-Learning #50
- Create Your Own E-Learning Characters with Pictograms #53
Record Your Screencast
You can record your screencast using any tool you like. Storyline’s built-in screen recorder is one option. Replay works well for including webcam video with your screen recording. Another popular option is Camtasia.
Share Your Screencast
Please use YouTube, Vimeo, or Wistia to host your screencast. That will make it easy for me to embed the tutorials in the weekly recap post for each challenge.
You’re also free to bundle your videos into a Storyline project (here’s an example). You’ll just need a place to host your published project. If you need help, I can host your files on our servers.
Ready? Set? Record!
About the Screencast Challenges
The weekly screencasting challenges are ongoing opportunities to teach, learn, and demonstrate your e-learning expertise. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your tutorials.
If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenge entry. We’ll link back to your blog so your video tutorials get even more exposure. If you share your demos on Twitter, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.