Skeuomorphism in E-Learning #124

Skeuomorphism in E-Learning #124: Challenge | Recap

How Can Skeuomorphic Design Help Course Creators Build Better E-Learning?

The flat design trend is still strong in e-learning. We see dozens of well-designed examples every week in the community.

One of the challenges with design trends is that other, equally valid design techniques get pushed aside or forgotten. Skeuomorphism design isn’t dead, but it has taken a back seat to the minimalist design trends we’ve seen over the past two years.

Skeuomorphism works in e-learning because it’s familiar. Using familiar objects, textures, buttons, and design elements can help set the visual voice for the course, which can help the course feel more intuitive and approachable for learners. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share an example of skeuomorphic design in e-learning. You can share static designs or go with something more interactive. The goal is to show how real-world items and environments can be used in e-learning.


Here are some previous flat design challenges to help you see things from the other side.

If you shared an example in the flat design challenge, you’re welcome to redesign your entry in a real-world design.

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you give your course a real-world, skeuomorphic makeover, take a few minutes to check out the amazing course starters your fellow community members shared over the past week:

Course Starter Templates for E-Learning

Course Starter Templates #123: Challenge | Recap

Wishing you a great week, E-Learning Heroes!

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

Cat Frazier
Marissa Carterud
David Anderson
Dianne  Hope

I'm a little bit behind again for this challenge - no excuse really, except that I've been working on developing my new The Knowledge Project website in Articulate Storyline 2 (can't even give you a sneak peek yet because I haven't been given the original graphic design files - waiting, waiting, waiting), and also I've been preparing for an interview with e-Learning Brothers, which I had yesterday. So excited to have them offer me some casual contract ID and development work using Articulate Storyline 2 - yeah!! I'm told they don't generally take on contractors from outside their immediate region due to various issues in the past, but are making an exception for me - here's hoping everything works out! Anyway, here is my submission for this challenge. It's in the form of a blog and a... Expand

David Anderson
Freek Birnie