Show Us Your Creative Menu Navigation Examples for E-Learning

E-Learning Menus and Navigation #79: Challenge | Recap

Intuitive navigation is an important element in e-learning design. Course designers who stick with default player menus usually don’t have to worry about user interface (UI) design since player manages the navigation.

One reason rapid e-learning became so popular with instructional designers is because the tools generated the course menu, freeing IDs to design content rather than program course menus. If there’s a downside to prebuilt menus, it’s that they encourage linear, click-and-read courses.

Custom navigation menus, like those often used in nonlinear courses, can permit learners to jump around the course as they choose. But moving beyond traditional menu navigation means course designers need to think more like UI designers.

To jumpstart this week's challenge, I’ve rounded up some creative navigation examples your fellow community members have shared.

Game Navigation

Video game consoles, traditional board games, and tablet-inspired menus are excellent ways to seek inspiration.

Game Navigation

Game Center Template by Tom Washam

Tabs Navigation

Tabs are the most popular type of menu navigation we see in courses. They’re highly customizable and can be created using a variety of shapes and styles. If you go with a tabs menu, please cross-post in the tabs challenge.
Tabs Interactions by Montse

View the interaction | Download (SL2) | Download (SL360) 

More tabs interactions:

Icon Navigation

Icons and graphics are another popular approach to course menus. When used consistently, visual buttons can remove the need for on-screen button labels. If you’re looking for tips on building your own icons, check out last week’s icon e-learning challenge.

Flat Design Portfolio by Paul Alders

Flat Design Portfolio by Paul Alders

More icon-based examples:

Animated Menus

This mobile-inspired menu includes bookmarking features to indicate completed lessons and a collapsible menu to free up slide space.

Storyline 2: Animated Menu by Jeff Kortenbosch

Storyline 2: Animated Menu by Jeff Kortenbosch

More examples of mobile-inspired menus:

Map Navigation

Similar to the icon-based navigation, map themes are a creative alternative to text-based menus. Nicola shared a branching example based on a village illustration.

Learning Village Branching Navigation

Learning Village Branching Navigation

More examples of map navigation:

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to:

  • create a custom menu example for an e-learning course
  • share your favorite UI design tip for building custom navigation menus

You can design any kind of menu navigation you like. The focus this week is more on navigation ideas and concepts. Don’t worry about putting together a highly polished menu or interaction.


Here are some tutorials and articles that will help you create your challenge demo.

Last Week’s Challenge:

Graphics and Icons from the Articulate Community #78

E-Learning Challenge Recap #78: Challenge | Recap 

Wishing you an easy-to-navigate week, E-Learning Heroes!

New to 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. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

Ushwin Pai