Text Heavy to Engaging!

Aug 15, 2016

I have been reading as much as I can about transforming text heavy slides into engaging and interactive slides. This article was helpful and included great tips, but I would love to see some basic examples of how you have put these ideas into play.

Would you reply to this thread and show off your work? I’m looking for primarily simply (not advanced) ideas that either:

·       condense text using layers (hidden in tabs, numbers etc.) or

·       condense text using a pull method where users have to pull the information to reference it before answering a scenario question.







30 Replies
Christie Pollick

Hi, Sabina -- Thanks so much for reaching out with your question! In addition to Brian's great recommendation to share your request in our Building Better Courses forum, I thought  I might also pass along the following discussions and resources that may be of interest:

Hope that helps! :)

Tracy Parish

Here are just a couple of ways I took heavy text or bullet point slides and converted it to less text.  I try to focus on the main points and must knows on the front.  The need to know or might like to know info is hidden from initial view and must been seen to advance or there should they want to know more.

Here are the main points, but if you want more click each item.  The first turns each square over with more text behind.  The second is click each square and one text box changes states to show more info about that point.  The third is showing images, click behind to see more.  1 is set so they can't advance without reading.  The others are you can advance if you don't need to know more.

Not super engaging (I wish I could have done more), but my customers were happy all their content was still covered.


Jackie Van Nice

Hi Sabrina!

This example is from a few years back, but I took an all-text sexual harassment course and narrowed the text down to an minimum while adding in meaningful context, scenarios, and images to create a course that employees and management both loved, and that conveyed the material considerably better than 47 text-only slides.

Here are some captures to show you how I set up the situations, but you'll notice I didn't avoid the essential legalese they needed to include. It's all there, but presented in the form of feedback after the learner has made some decisions. 

I hope that helps. Best of luck, Sabrina!


Setting Up the Situation


Motivating Context


Christiaan Rakowski

I am a big fan of using "Hotspots" to hide details.

On the main page/layer, you can show the basic text and maybe an image. Then, similar to Wikipedia, you make certain words hotspots, where a small balloon will pop-up showing more details.

It depends on your actual text whether or not this approach is useful for you, but I found it to be available most of the times (with minor text rewrites)

Unfortunately, I can't share any concrete samples or screenshots because most clients I worked with don't allow for that.

Mike MacDonald

It's not exactly what you are looking for but one idea I like is to use to get rid of a lot of text is to combine markers and videos. I'm often given very text heavy content and I use programs like Prezi, PowerPoint or Videoscribe to turn the content into a short video. This looks especially good when the videos are set within markers. I'm not allowed to share any I've done though :(

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