Keep It or Trash It: Drag-and-Drop Sorting Activities #439

Drag-and-Drop Sorting Activities #439: Challenge | Recap

Drag-and-drop sorting activities are a great way to evaluate learners' ability to identify items by dragging them to different drop targets. One of the most common versions of this activity is designed around whether items should be kept or discarded.

Some popular versions of this popular interaction include:

  • file it or trash it
  • keep it or discard it
  • healthy choice or unhealthy choice
  • required or optional
  • report it or ignore it

A variation might include three options, where the third choice is for "optional information." Another variation could be a single drop target choice where users identify only the "keep it" or the "toss it" items.

In either case, this common interaction should be in every course designer's toolkit. And that's what this week's challenge is all about. Let's look at a few examples.

Comstar New Hire Orientation

Here’s a drag-and-drop version that asks learners to identify permissible items for the workplace.

Comstar New Hire Orientation

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Creating Effective Meetings

This is another version of the keep-it-or-toss-it interaction. In this example, learners are asked to identify required and optional items.

Creating Effective Meetings

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Giving Effective Reviews

It’s not always necessary to include two drop targets. In this example, learners choose the necessary items by placing them into a folder graphic. The unnecessary items are left on the slide.

Giving Effective Reviews

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Animate Drag-and-Drop Items Storyline360

Learn how to apply exit animation effects to drag items after they're dropped on correct or incorrect targets.

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🏆 Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share an example of a keep-it-or-toss-it interaction. The examples above all focus on office and workplace topics. Feel free to apply this model to any industry or topic for your example.

If you have extra time this week, consider sharing a few versions of your original interaction. For example, if your original demo uses drag-and-drop, try reworking your file to show how it could function as a text entry or click-and-reveal interaction.

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📆 Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you file (or trash) this week’s challenge, check out the creative ways course designers showcase their e-learning portfolios:

20+ E-Learning Portfolio Tips & Examples from Course Designers #438

E-Learning Portfolio Examples RECAP #438: Challenge | Recap

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📅 Next Week’s Challenge

  • Next week's challenge #440 (11/10): Retail fashion and clothing industry. I still need to find a proper title, but the general focus is choosing, pairing, and dressing for different occasions. Feel free to offer some title ideas.

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