E-Learning Challenge #33

Happy Friday, E-Learning Heroes!

Last week we took a fun—and slightly painful—look at common e-learning mistakes. You came up with some classic mistakes that we’ve all made at one time or another.

This week, it’s time to clean up your mess. Yep. You made the mess, now you clean it up!

Challenge of the week

This week your challenge is to give your slides a proper makeover. Assume the bad slide designs were given to you by your client and that it’s your job to make them right.

If you listed the mistakes you made, use that list to guide your makeover. Tell us how you addressed each mistake in your makeover.

This is a great opportunity for you to demonstrate your design approach while helping new users see how to fix similar issues.

Alternative Challenge

What if I missed last week’s challenge?

If you skipped last week’s challenge, you can still participate!  Here’s what you can do:

  1. Create a slide or two showing common e-learning mistakes
  2. List the mistakes you made in the comments section below or on your personal blog
  3. Correct your mistakes in a new slide and tell us what you did to fix the slides

Be sure to include the mistakes you made in the comment section so other folks can focus easily on your specific mistakes.


You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, or PowerPoint to clean up your e-learning mistakes.

Last week’s challenge

Before you start cleaning house, take a look at some of the silly mistakes e-learning designers make:

More about the e-learning  challenges:

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.

Wishing you a mistake-free 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 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.

Daniel Sweigert
Daniel Sweigert

I know this is a bit off topic, but I just wanted to share this great quote from Theodore Roosevelt, because you guys here in the e-learning community, participating in these challenges and getting on the forums to help your fellow e-learning designers/developers are the "doers" of this world. Here it is: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends hims... Expand