Gate screens are a great way to make learners pause and interact with your course before continuing through it. Think of gates like floating dialog boxes that provide a big picture overview or contextual help for a specific slide.
Some typical uses for gate screens are general instructions, navigation and course player tips. They can also be used to provide compliance agreements, course checklists, and custom sitemaps for your course.
Challenge of the Week
Show and share your best out-of-the-box ideas for using gate screens:
- Objective: Design a two-slide interaction that includes a content screen and a gate screen. The content screen can be a placeholder screen. The key is to show how your gate screen will load and close in relation to the course.
- Tools: You can use Articulate Storyline or PowerPoint to create your example.
- Resources: Check out Tom’s post on gate screens and the free Storyline and PowerPoint templates he put together in our downloads section.
- Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published project. The comments section allows links but not attachments. If you have a question or want to share your source files, you should use the forums.
- Forums: Create your own thread in our forums and share a link to your published source file. You can also attach your project files if you’d like some help or feedback.
- Personal blog: Post your published example on your own blog and include a link in the comments below.
Looking for inspiration?
We were totally impressed with the creative ideas you shared in last week’s tabs interaction challenge. Thanks for making it a big success! To warm up for this week’s challenge, check out the creative examples your fellow community members shared last week:
- Heather Steckley kicked off the challenge with a roadmap theme and followed up with an out-of-the-box pseudo-scrolling tabs demo.
- Tricia Ransom shared creative example featuring interactive cabinet drawers with open and closed states.
- Kevin Thorn shared an elegant tabs example with animated tabs. Be sure to grab the free template he shared with his example.
- Przemysław Hubisz shared two grid-based tabs examples: version 1 and version 2.
- Montse Anderson first shared an leadership scenario followed by an interactive quotes demo.
- Andrzej Rudnik shared a wonderful photo slideshow tabs interaction.
- Jenise Cook shared a desktop-themed tabs interaction. To help you get started creating your own tabs interaction, Jenise shared her Storyline file and recorded a screencast. Thanks, Jenise!
Have a gatetastic week, E-Learning Heroes!
Post written by David Anderson