Tabs interactions are one of the most popular interactions in e-learning. They’re super flexible and come in all shapes, sizes, and designs. The reason tabs are so popular is that they let your learners explore groups of content without having to leave the current slide. No need to jump around between different slides or scenes.
And for course designers new to e-learning or just getting started with Articulate Storyline 360, tabs interactions are a fantastic way to learn Storyline’s core building blocks: slides, states, layers, and triggers.
We use tabs-style activities all the time to teach Storyline in our workshops, webinars, and tutorials. And tabs interactions are what this week’s challenge is all about!
🏆 Challenge of the Week
This week, your challenge is to share an example that shows how tabs interactions can help organize and group related content in e-learning.
Keep it simple if you're new to Storyline—don't worry about fancy visuals or conditional interactivity for now. Instead, focus on inserting objects, adding button states, shape tools, formatting, and alignment. It's all about understanding Storyline's building blocks: states, layers, triggers, and slides.
For the seasoned pros, try kicking it up a notch. Try using conditions to trigger actions when your learners click all the tabs. Experiment with conditional events on each slide layer. Create animated tabs using the new emphasis animations.
Share Your Project Files!
It’s no secret community members love freebies! It’s also no secret that the challenges are one of the most visible ways course designers get their work in front of the community. If you’re up for it, please consider including a download along with your example this week.
If you're looking for more information on how to use and build tabs interactions, we've got you covered. Below you’ll find articles, downloads, and past challenges that'll help you get started.
- Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Tabs Interaction in Storyline
- A Beginner’s Guide to Designing Effective Tabs Interactions
- 7 Tabs Downloads to Help You Create Compelling Click-and-Reveals in Storyline
✨ Share Your E-Learning Work
- Comments: Use the comments section below to link your published example and blog post.
- Forums: Start a new 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 to your posts so your great work gets even more exposure.
- Social media: If you share your demos on x or LinkedIn, try using #ElearningChallenge so your peeps can follow your e-learning coolness.
🙌 Last Week’s Challenge:
Before you get started on this week’s tabs interaction, check out the creative examples from last week’s spotlight masking challenge:
👋 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.
📅 Next Week’s Challenge
- Challenge #449 (02.09): Emphasis animations. You've been asking for this, and now it's here! Show us how you're pulsing, shaking, teetering your slide objects to life.
- Challenge #450 (02.16): Using Themes, Templates, & Slide Masters. Another basics challenge, only this week we're looking at under-the-hood features to help us work faster in Storyline 360 and PowerPoint. Rise 360 users can show their before-after examples using themes and block templates.
Got an idea for a challenge? Are you interested in doing a webinar showcasing how you made one or more challenge demos? Or do you have some comments for your humble challenge host? Use this anonymous form to share your feedback: https://bit.ly/ElearningChallengeForm.