How Can Learners Choose Their Own Custom Characters in E-Learning? #195

Choose Your Own E-Learning Characters #195: ChallengeRecap

An easy way to increase learner engagement is to give learners opportunities to personalize their learning experience. And letting them choose an avatar that best represents them is one of the easiest (and most popular) ways to design more personalized, and engaging, courses.

Technically, this is a simple process. Using a single variable (usually text or number), you can dynamically change an object’s state to show a specific character. The design challenge is finding unique ways to present a series of characters learners can choose from. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about! 

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to show one or more ways learners can personalize their courses with custom avatars.

The emphasis this week is on character selection and the different ways different characters can be presented and selected. Please include at least two screens to show how the avatar is carried over from the selection slide to the content slide. 

Are you new to Storyline 360 or unsure how to use variables? No problem! You can create a mock-up or storyboard of an interaction showing how character selection would work in your design idea. Your entry doesn’t need to be interactive.

Last Week’s Challenge: 

Before you personalize this week’s challenge, take some time to check out the creative ways course designer are designing software simulations:

Designing More Engaging Software Simulations in E-Learning #194

Designing More Engaging Software Simulations in E-Learning #194


Wishing you a personal week, E-Learning Heroes!

New to the E-Learning Challenges? 

The weekly e-learning 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. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

Jodi M. Sansone
Jodi M. Sansone
iDesign Gyan
Shannon McGinnis

This is so basic I'm almost embarrassed to share it but it's my first time using variables. I do sales training so this is a sample of how I might use avatars for a scenario-based, sales course. I have the learner enter his/her name and choose an avatar. Feedback welcomed--I'm a newbie! So after that first, fast attempt with variables, I went back and did a little design change and update. I still need to reference the name and complete the rest of the course but this will be a real course I develop for my company: I hope to get good enough with the variables that I can have levels to unlock and a token economy within... Expand

David Anderson
Shannon McGinnis
Ridvan  Saglam
Jackie Van Nice
Shannon McGinnis
Dan Sweigert
Erin Coleman
Jeffrey Riley
FasterCourse Templates
Benoît Cadars
Nancy Woinoski