I went lightbox mad in this course: ELH Challenge #200 - Lightboxes
We got Storyline a couple of years ago and this was the first real course I created and, in addition to creating a real course, I was using it to learn what Storyline could do so I may have gone a bit mad with some features, lightboxes being one of them. They do a variety of things as I've explained below but they are all primarily there to help personalise the content and support the learner without disrupting the flow of what they are doing.
- A timer is built into the master slide and if the course is open for a certain amount of time a lightbox slide pops up reminding the learner to take a break. There are 3 different slides used for this and they get more & more naggy in tone depending on how long the course has been open.
- This course is primarily activity driven and once you get past the introductory slides and into the activities there is a common nav bar that utilises lightboxes in a few ways
- Ask Ali is a central support character in the course and the learner can click on her at any point to bring up specific and general support depending on the slide in question. Some of the lightbox slides that come up actually have a link to another 'Resources' lightbox slide used elsewhere but also relevant specifically at that point.
- Learner notepad: To encourage the learner to make notes and reflect throughout a learner notepad can be accessed at any point and notes made. The lightbox made this function come alive as it would automatically allow the learner to see their cumulative notes to that point.
- Key Contacts: Access to key contacts that the learner may find useful whilst undertaking the course (eg. helpdesk if something crashes etc)
- Resources: Similar to the key contacts but with links to internal resources that can be used throughout
- Reminder of key business info (Primrose Farm): Th is course is written around one fictional business and in the real world the learner would have easy access to some basic business info. The slide is used in the Introductory section before the activities but a lightbox was a great element to save the learner having to return to that point if they wanted reminding of something.