Breaking News - an elearning course for ESL students

I have prepared a new course for my students by the help of Articulate Storyline.They learn  vocabularies first, do some exercise related with them and read the news.

It took a bit long but I think it is worth.

Creating something with Articulate is really fun.

You can have a look at it here; Breaking News Project

It would be great to hear your comments and suggestions to make it better.

13 Replies
Caroline M

Hello hello! I'm a newcomer in the Articulate world!

I really liked the font you used in the "reading article" section: when you click on an underlined word, there's a definition. In the definition, the word is written in blue. What's the font you used?

I really liked the 30 seconds exercise, how did you do that? 

In the section where you have to write the sentence, you forgot to add the dot at the end of the sentence in the jumbled words. Because i was writing exactly what was there and not adding any dot, it was considered as wrong :(

My two cents

Ridvan  Saglam

Hi,

Thanks for your comments.

I didn't add the dot as I want my students to find to add an dot and to be more careful while writing. Maybe I can add it for the next course if it is confusing.

The font which I used is Sketch Nice Font. You can find it here; http://www.dafont.com/sketch-nice.font

I have attached the 30 Seconds exercise story. You can customize it as you wish.

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Rıdvan I really like what you did. You used a variety of SL tools quite creatively. And the screen feels nice and clean.

Tx for sharing the 30-seconds story. Did you create the "timer?" I see that it's labeled screencast.

The one thing that I found a tad unfriendly was needing to hover over the icons on the side (side menu) to get them to display. The effect is cool, but I didn't want to have to hover (lazy! bad memory!!) and there seemed to be plenty of room to either show the entire icon or show more of it. But that's totally personal preference.

Very nice! Kudos.

Ridvan  Saglam

Hi Rebecca,

Thanks for your comments.

I didn't create the timer which I used in that project. I thought it was difficult to make it. But now, I did it I have my own simple timer on my new project.

For the menu, I think it is cooler that way, but some of my students said the same thing, maybe I can change it.

By the way, after Nick's suggestion for Drag and Drop, I started to create a new activity, it looks like a game.

If you have a look at it and give feedback, I would appreciate.

Thanks in advance.

30 Seconds Game

Ridvan  Saglam

Ashley Terwilliger said:

Thanks Ridvan! I like how the letters "roll out" like you toss them out like dice. Nice touch!

Janet Robertson said:

Hi Ridvan

 Great course and fun game. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Janet,

Thanks for your interest. I have published the finished version here; http://community.articulate.com/forums/t/40965.aspx

Thank you Ashley and I want to ask a question. I want to share this template here, the thing is I don't have any commercial purposes, I just use it in my classes. So, I don't have a permission to distribute the background image and watch icon. How should I share it or can I share it as it is in this platform?

Thanks in advance.

Manuel Aicart

Thanks Ridvan, very inspiring. Since you mentioned it, I wondered if you could share the template here. I'm not sure about the permissions to distribute images for non-commercial purposes. I guess worst case scenario the owner would ask you to remove it from this thread, without further importance.

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi All,

I guess I'll take the opposite side here on sharing images and or/work that doesn't belong to you. I'd be very careful about both for reasons of legality and courtesy/respect to the owner.

Here's a link to a post I wrote a while back, telling the story of someone who unknowingly infringed on a photographer's intellectual property

http://refco27.com/it-could-happen-to-you-inadvertent-copyright-infringement/

and I wrote a quick overview of fair use here:

http://refco27.com/copyright-and-fair-use/

Also, if you're employed by someone when you're working on a project, that project often belongs to the employer.

My two cents!