Engage Interactions

Up to this point, we've "told" our learners about the tools and processes around tire changing. Now we'll add another layer: exploration. It's a simple example, but chunking our content into interactive graphics gives the learner more control by enabling them to pull the information.

If you're following along, I'm working in Lesson Files > Chapter_15. Here's a preview of the final Engage interaction.

Step 1: Create the Labeled Graphic Interaction

Let's get started by opening Engage and replacing the default background.

  1. Click Create a new interaction > Labeled Graphic
  2. Click OK
  3. Click Change image...
  4. Navigate to diytc-labeled-bg.png

What a difference the right background image can make! With the Labeled Graphic interaction, your background image creates the context for the interaction. Check out this blog post for even more creative ideas for the Labeled Graphic interaction.

Step 2: Customize the Markers

The tire-changing tools are part of the background image. We only need to move the labeled markers over each tool we want the learner to review.

  1. Click-drag the Introduction marker (to the top, center of the slide
  2. Arrange the other three markers over the: car jack, wheel chocks and spare tire. We'll create a new Label for the tire iron.
  3. Click Add Label
  4. Drag the new Label over the tire iron

Step 3: Rename the Labels

Renaming the labels is easy. Click each icon to activate its text field and make the following updates:

  • Introduction: "Know Your Tools"
  • Label 1: "Car Jack"
  • Label 2: "Wheel Chocks"
  • Label 3: "Spare Tire"
  • Label 4: "Tire Iron"

Tip: You can press the Tab key to cycle through each Label's text field. This saves a few clicks during production.

Step 4: Adding Media and Content

You'll need to reference your storyboard for this part. We have some text and images prepared that you'll copy over to each Label.

  1. Open DIYTC-Storyboard.doc
  2. Double-click the Introduction graphic to edit the label
  3. From the DITYC-Storyboard.doc, copy the text from Slide 5a: Introduction and paste it into Engage's text editor

That's all we'll add to the Introduction Label. Let's move on to the next label, Car Jack.

Car Jack

  1. Select the Car Jack tab from the Edit Labels window
  2. Copy the text from Slide-5b in the DIYTC-Storyboard.doc
  3. Paste the text into the Text Editor for Car Jack
  4. Click Add Media
  5. Navigate to raise_car_01.mp4
  6. Deselect the Zoom Image checkbox
  7. Select the Include Playbar checkbox
  8. Click OK to close the Multimedia Properties window

We also need to add a hyperlink to Wikipedia.

  1. Click-drag a selection around Wikipedia
  2. Click Hyperlink
  3. Copy the URL from DIYTC-Storyboard.doc
  4. Paste the link into the URL field

At this point, process to add text and media is the same: Copy text from the storyboard and add graphics or videos to each label.

Wheel Chocks

  1. Select the Wheel Chocks tab from the Edit Labels window
  2. Copy the text from Slide-5c in theDIYTC-Storyboard.doc
  3. Paste the text into the Text Editor for Wheel Chocks
  4. Click Add Media
  5. Navigate to wheel-chocks.png
  6. Select Top from the Position menu
  7. Deselect the Zoom Image checkbox
  8. Click OK

Spare Tire

  1. Select the Spare Tire tab from the Edit Labels window
  2. Copy the text from Slide-5d in theDIYTC-Storyboard.doc
  3. Paste the text into the Text Editor for Spare Tire
  4. Click Add Media
  5. Navigate to spare-tire.png
  6. Select Top from the Position menu
  7. Deselect the Zoom Image checkbox
  8. Click OK

Tire Iron

  1. Select the Tire Iron tab from the Edit Labels window
  2. Copy the text from Slide-5d in the DIYTC-Storyboard
  3. Paste the text into the Text Editor for Tire Iron
  4. Click Add Media
  5. Navigate to tire-iron.png
  6. Select Top from the Position menu
  7. Click OK

Test your interaction by clicking Preview.


What's Next?

Overall this looks really great. But we can make a few more modifications that will help this interaction visually align with the rest of our course. And that's what we'll look at in the next lesson.

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