The Pyramid interaction lets learners explore a hierarchical relationship of concepts. Use the Pyramid interaction to:

  • Show relationships within a hierarchy.
  • Compare levels of importance in related concepts.
  • Detail steps in a process or methodology.

Exploring the Editor

The Pyramid editor has three columns with the following panels:

  • Steps: Located in the upper left corner of the editor, this panel is used to manage the layers and segments for your Pyramid.
  • Segments: Located in the lower left corner, this panel is used to select segments of the Pyramid for editing. It also provides a dynamic preview of the Pyramid's layout.
  • Text: Located in the middle of the screen, this panel is used to add text to each segment.
  • Audio: Located in the upper right corner of the editor, this panel is used to add and edit audio.
  • Media: Located in the lower right corner, this panel is used to add pictures, characters, videos, and Flash files.

Here are some tips for working with the editor:

  • Change the width of a column by dragging its boundary with your mouse.
  • Expand the Steps panel or Segments panel by dragging the boundary between them up or down.
  • Click the triangle beside any layer in the Steps panel to collapse or expand it.
  • Click the triangle in the upper right corner of the Segments panel to collapse it if you need more room to work with the Steps panel. Click it again to reopen the panel.
  • Click the triangle in the upper right corner of the Audio panel to collapse it if you need more room to work with the Media panel. Click it again to reopen the panel.

Adding Layers and Segments

Each step in a Pyramid interaction is called a segment, and segments are grouped into layers.

Layers:

To add a layer to your pyramid, do either of the following:

  • Press Ctrl+G.
  • Go to the Pyramid tab on the ribbon, and click Add Layer.

New layers get added to the bottom of the pyramid.

Segments:

To add a segment, do any of the following:

  • Press Ctrl+M.
  • Go to the Pyramid tab on the ribbon, and click Add Segment.
  • Click the Create a new step button in the lower left corner of the Steps panel.
  • Click the Duplicate button at the bottom of the Steps panel to copy the currently selected segment(s).

New segments get added just below the segment that's currently selected in the Steps panel. If an entire layer is selected, new segments get added to the end of the layer. Segments can't be added to the top layer, introduction, or summary. 

Tip: A Pyramid interaction can have up to 11 layers and up to 20 segments per layer.

Changing the Color of Layers

To change the color of a layer, do the following:

  1. Select the layer in the Steps panel or in the Segments panel.
  2. Go to the Pyramid tab on the ribbon, and click Layer Color.
  3. Choose one of the predefined colors, or click More Colors at the bottom of the drop-down and specify a custom color.

Note: Segments on the same layer can't be different colors.

Renaming Segments

To rename a segment, do either of the following:

  • Double-click the segment in the Steps panel to open it for editing. Enter the new name, and press the Enter key.
  • Select the segment in the Steps panel, and type the new name in the title field at the top of the text panel.

Tip: You can rename the introduction or summary in the same way. (Layers can't be renamed.)

Rearranging Layers and Segments

Here's how to change the order of layers and segments.

Layers:

Select one or more layers in the Steps panel, and do either of the following:

  • Drag them to a new location. An orange line will move with your mouse to indicate where the layers will be when your mouse is released.
  • Go to the Pyramid tab on the ribbon, click Move Layer, and select either Up or Down.
  • Use the Up and Down arrows at the bottom of the Steps panel.

Segments:

Select one or more segments in the Steps panel, and do any of the following:

  • Drag them to a new location. An orange line will move with your mouse to indicate where the segments will be when your mouse is released.
  • Go to the Pyramid tab on the ribbon, and click Move Segment. Select either Up or Down to move the segment to a different layer. Select either Left or Right to change its position on the same layer.
  • Use the Up and Down arrows at the bottom of the Steps panel.

Note: The introduction and summary can't be moved, nor can a segment be moved when it's the only one on a particular layer.

Deleting Layers and Segments

To delete a layer or segment, select it in the Steps panel, and do any of the following:

  • Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
  • Go to the Pyramid tab on the ribbon, and click either Delete Layer or Delete Segment.
  • Click the Delete button at the bottom of the Steps panel.

Tip: You can't delete the introduction or summary, but you can hide them. Similarly, a segment can't be deleted when it's the only one on a particular layer.

Adding Content to Segments

To add text, audio, and media to each segment, see the following tutorials:

Changing the Placement of the Pyramid

The pyramid can appear on the left or the right side of your published interaction. Here's how to change its placement:

  1. Go to the Pyramid tab on the ribbon, and click Interaction Properties.
  2. Select the Pyramid tab on the left side of the window.
  3. Choose Left or Right from the Place pyramid on drop-down.
  4. Click OK.

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