How to make corporate slides in an articulate course with dry content more engaging

Hi all

I am working on a program, and there are some slides where I am struggling with an engaging design because there is so much text. The text is in the form of bullet points and I have attached examples of the content to this post. 

Any ideas on how to make these slides more engaging (even slightly) would be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

6 Replies
Daniel Brigham

Renee: Thanks for attaching the file. That helps us help you, which always reminds me of the bathroom scene in Jerry Maguire. But I digress.  A few ideas to help your text-heavy slides be slightly more engaging:

  1. Use a tab interactions every once in a while -- this will break up the blocks of text
  2. Use a slider interaction every so often -- ditto
  3. Create formal questions around the text, so you don't always have to present info in a list-type way
  4. Use images to make the content seem more human -- you've got some emotional language here -- discrimination, pregnancy. Don't you like looking at a cool photo? See photo below.  

My guiding principle, when building presentation type courses is this: mix up the way you are presenting content. Points 1, 2, 3 get you started.

Thanks for your post. --Daniel 

Pearl. The Best Golden Retriever in the World!

Judy Nollet
  • As Daniel mentioned above, you can break up the text by revealing it through various kinds of interactions.
    • Consider asking the user an open question, and having them click to reveal the answer. For example, in your 2nd slide, the text could start by mentioning that the Fair Work Act 2009 aims to protect employees from discrimination. Then ask something like, "What do you think are the situations that need protection?" While I don't know of any research on this, I think just asking that sort of question prompts the user to stop and think for a moment. Which is a good thing. Then have them click to reveal the list.
  • Depending on the number of bullet points, consider simply re-designing the slide to present them in a more visual way. For example, instead of 3 bullet points, have 3 colored boxes, side by side.
  • Remember that slides are FREE! As appropriate for the content, instead of one slide with a lot of text, use 2 or more slides to present the same info.
  • Include images.
    • They provide something to look at besides text. However, to improve learning, images need to be related to the content. In other words, as cute as Daniel's dog is, I wouldn't use that photo for content about discrimination (unless it was about discriminating against people with pets). 
    • Because they take up some of the screen, images can lead to less text on a given screen. (Yeah, they could lead to large amounts of smaller text. But I think most designers will avoid letting the text get too small.)
    • If it's the kind of content that's hard to match with photos, consider adding a "guide," i.e., a cutout photo of a person, who appears like the narrator of the course's text. That allows you to shift to a more personal voice in the text. The research doesn't conclusively show that this helps learning. Some people will like it; some won't. But I think it seems like a more friendly approach.
Ray Cole

My inclination is always to focus on what decisions and actions are informed by the content. That tends to help learners understand how the content is relevant to them and how they would actually use it.

It's not clear from your description who the audience is for this course, but I took a guess and assumed it was HR professionals who want to guard against doing or saying something during the hiring process that would run afoul of Australian law.

Anyway, I took the liberty of re-envisioning a tiny portion of your content. This is pretty rough, but hopefully you get the idea. Instead of telling the learner a lot of facts about the law, this approach tries to focus on getting the learner to make decisions and evaluations that involve whether or not an action opens the (construction) company up to legal risk or not. You would need to set up the scenario first (which I didn't do here):

Racial Discrimination: A Different Approach

This is implemented in just 4 slides (and some layers). I've attached the *.story file.