Tooltips, Hyperlinks, and Explorable Explanations in E-Learning Design #177

Tooltips and Explorable Interactions #177: Challenge | Recap

When course designers think of text, they’re usually thinking about ways to reduce the amount of on-slide text or how to make it more readable for the learner. And that makes sense. Text is still the largest visual communication element in online courses.

But as important as text is in course design, it’s not generally considered an essential element of interactive e-learning.

So how can designers build better courses when they’re stuck working on text-heavy courses?

Ten Brighter Ideas: Explorable Explanations

Here’s a fantastic example of an interactive document that lets users “read and play with an interactive analysis” of each claim in the list. Users can view the source for any statistic by mousing over the value. Data and numbers can also be changed dynamically by dragging or clicking the values.

Ten Brighter Ideas: Explorable Explanations

Click here to view the example

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to create an example that shows how tooltips and interactive text can be used in e-learning.

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you design your explorable explanations, check out the creative ways course designers are using small words to explain complex topics:

Using Small Words to Explain Complex Topics

Using Small Words to Explain Complex Topics #176: Challenge | Recap

Wishing you a great week, E-Learning Heroes!

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