Happy Friday, e-learning Olympians! With the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics today, we’re jumping into the spirit of the games with our own e-learning challenge. You’ve trained so long for this moment—now, it’s your turn go for gold.
This week’s challenge
This week your challenge is to design an e-learning template for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. You can design a general template for the Winter Olympics, or focus your template around a specific country or event.
Your goal should be to build out at least five slides for your template:
- Cover slide
- Objectives slide
- Quiz slide
- Interaction slide (tabs, timeline, etc.)
- Scenario slide
Keeping with the sports theme, you can also celebrate the Super Bowl champions with a Seattle Seahawks-inspired design template. You know Tom will appreciate seeing what you come up with.
You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio ’09, Articulate Studio ’13, or PowerPoint to create your Olympic template.
Tom has some great posts on finding design inspiration, creating starter templates and using websites to get started. If you read only one post, I’d check out the post on creating an e-learning template. It outlines the most common slide designs found in courses.
Sharing your examples:
- Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published project. The comments section allows links but not attachments. If you have a question or want to share your source files, you should use the forums.
- Forums: Create your own thread in our E-Learning Heroes forums and share a link to your published source file. You can also attach your project files if you’d like some help or feedback.
- Personal blog: Post your published example on your own blog and place a link in the comments below.
Last week’s e-learning challenge
To help you limber up for this week’s e-learning events, check out the freestyle examples shared in last week’s drag-and-drop challenge:
- Paul Alders kicked off the challenge with an iPad-inspired template that features a slide switch to unlock the course demo. Be sure to download the free .story file to learn how he built it. Great work, Paul!
- Patryce Smith used Storyline’s triggers and slide layers to create her medical drag-and-drop demo. Lots of ideas come to mind after viewing this example. Thanks, Patryce!
- Pedro Fernandez shared a neat demo that asks learners to drag-and-drop coins off the table to practice counting. Pedro shares his source file so take a look and let him know what you think. Thanks, Pedro!
- Jackie Van Nice gives us a creative option for choosing your seatmate in her aviation-inspired demo. Choose wisely—it’s a long flight! Check out Jackie’s blog post to learn more about her demo and design process.
- Gemma Henderson introduced herself to the community with a drag and rock jukebox. Don’t stop after one song. There are some hidden gems in this demo, but you’ll have to get your hands dirty if you want to hear more tunes. Gemma also wrote a blog post about her demo. Well done, Gemma!
- Michael Hinze shared a drag-and-drop video player he built when learning Storyline. Check out Michael’s blog post to learn more about his project.
- Jeff Kortenbosch created a… Well, you’ll just have to see it to believe it.
- Nick S. also introduced himself to the community with a Dragon Drop fighting game complete with sword and shield. Love seeing creative uses of Storyline like this one. Great demo, Nick!
- Montse Anderson shared a clever idea for using drag objects to compare relative sizes of hurricanes.
- Dan Sweigert introduced himself to the community with his drag-and-drop munchies game. Love the use of photographic objects for decision-making scenarios. Dan also shared a blog post on his idea and how he put it together. Hope to see more from Dan in future challenges!
- Yours truly couldn’t resist sharing a few recent drag-and-drop projects. The first is a healthy choices food game that asks you to sort food objects. Keeping with the food theme, things got a little sillier with the drag-and-drop pizza man and chocolate-loving man.
- Phil Mayor dug a classic drag-drop interaction out of the crates. This was one of Phil's first projects during the Storyline beta. Thanks for sharing, Phil!
The weekly challenges 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. We’ll feature your work and provide feedback if you request it.
Have a gold-medal week, E-Learning Heroes!
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.