e-learning for primary students - buttons question

Hi all,

I'm having a slight issue with some of the feedback on a module I am working on for primary school kids.  The module is mainly linear in nature as it is history based and follows a time line. It does however have a number of instances where the learner can delve into the information to find out more (generally an interaction).

I have used big yellow back and next buttons for the main navigation and a smaller question mark in a circle yellow button where they can expand the information this is generally placed over the images on screen.

The feedback is that the kids don't recognise the question mark button as something they should click on and as such are missing out on this information and the interactions.

Has anyone come across this? and how have you gotten around these issues?





6 Replies
Wendy Farmer

Hi Tristan

Couple of ways I would go about it.  I am assuming there is no audio and also assuming there was no initial intro to the module that told them to click on the ? when they saw it.

I would put an instruction under the text on the left ...Click the ? to learn more (or whatever it is they will do by clicking on that ?

As well I would have a popup that displays 'Not yet - there are things you have missed by not clicking on the ? if they try to leave the screen without having clicked the ?

Could you animate the ? If they go to leave the slide without having clicked it 

Tristan Hunt

Thanks Wendy,

You're right no audio in this module and no instructions screen as I thought it was obvious, although again not the audience I normally design for.

I started with adding instruction on the first slide that contains the question mark button to point it out but then decided to change it all together and put the buttons inside the text section using a descriptive square button similar to the back and next. 

I don't like locking down the navigation especially as we hope non-students will also use this module for general knowledge.



Tristan Hunt

Hi Nancy, That's what I did at first after posting my question, then changed to the example above... 

I think possibly the question mark didn't pop enough against some of the other pictures although the first time it was used was on a black and white photo so I personally thought it stood out enough.

I did find the feedback odd, as my observation of children using tablets etc even before they have learnt how to read and write they can still work out the navigation and make things work.