How Are You Using Lightbox Slides in E-Learning? #200

Using Lightbox Slides in E-Learning #200: Challenge | Recap

Lightbox slides give course designers an elegant solution for presenting learners with important resources without leaving the current slide. Some of the most common use cases for lightbox slides include:

  • Job aids and handouts
  • Tables of contents and menu navigation
  • Extended resources and reading lists
  • Video how-tos and other types of media

How Do Lightbox Slides Work?

Lightbox slides are loaded on top of the current slide and resized to 80% of the original slide. To help learners focus on the lightbox content, the main slide background is dimmed so all emphasis is on the lightbox.

Storyline 360 Lightbox Slides

The best part about Storyline’s lightbox slides is that any slide in your course can be used as a lightbox slide. This means any slide in your course (menu, dashboard, quiz results, interaction) can double as a lightbox slide.

There are dozens of practical uses for lightbox slides. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share one or more examples that demonstrate how lightbox slides can be used in e-learning courses.


Here are some general articles to help you get started using lightboxes.

Share Your E-Learning Work

  • Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published example and blog post.
  • Forums: Start  your own thread and share a link to your published example..
  • Personal blog:  If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure.
  • Twitter: If you share your demos on Twitter, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you dive into this week’s challenge, check out the fresh batch of tabs interactions your fellow community members shared over the past week:

Tabs Interactions in E-Learning

Tabs Interactions in E-Learning RECAP #199: Challenge | Recap

Wishing you a light-tastic week, E-Learning Heroes!

New to the E-Learning Challenges?

The weekly e-learning 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.

Jodi Sansone
William Johnston
Nancy Woinoski
Jackie Van Nice
Nancy Woinoski
Jackie Van Nice
Chris Undery
Nancy Woinoski
Ryan Derber

Oh my! As soon as I saw David's post last night I started in on this challenge. I absolutely love lightboxes. When I first discovered them, I think I overused them a bit. Funny enough, like Jodi Sansone, I created my course around the DiSC styles. It's a current fascination of mine. Lots of things going on in here but the lightboxes are used as part of the HELP menu (4 separate lightbox slides) and then again as the Answer Key for the freeform drag and drop. And yes, the eggs are so not to scale. Can you imagine if those birds were laying eggs that big? Yikes! Please share any feedback including any constructive criticism. I'm still new to Storyline so it will only help me get better! Here is my post with a description of the course and the link - http://www.goscontrac... Expand

Daniel Sweigert
Daniel Sweigert
Daniel Sweigert
James Addoms

MY SUBMISSION: A lightbox that allows developers to view variable outputs using a lightbox slide. The lightbox can be accessed via the link on the top left. (This would be removed before final publish). There are so any interesting examples posted here of lightboxes used to display content and aid navigation that I didn’t think I could add much to that effort. That got me thinking about how I might use a lightbox in unusual ways. I often find myself creating temporary textboxes on the canvas to hold variable readouts, particularly when a project is fairly complex. This personality profile example required a bunch of logic to calculate the results of a personality quiz. It required even more logic to conditionally displav layers on the results screen ... Expand

Erin Coleman
Joanne Chen
Daniel Sweigert