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.

Paul Alders
Dana Kocalis
Dana Kocalis

Here is a list of mistakes that were made on based on the previous challenge and how I fixed them: I started with the idea of showing bad assessment answers, but I got kind of out of control, so there are many things wrong with this: 1. You can't really see the font in the yellow sheep caption (and it's ugly) - Removed 2. The rollover area for the cow is way too small (keep looking you'll find it :) - Rollover areas are larger, and cover the entire animal 3. The actual assessment answers for you to select is on the second slide - Question and answer on same slide 4. And, my original plan....The assessment possible answers are a pet peeve of mine such as "none of the above", "all of the above", "both b and c but not e except after a"....you get the picture. - Only 3 answer... Expand