Looking for background image for a Priority Management elearning

I'm trying to find the best background for my elearning. It's for a Priority Management course.

I'd like to stay away from the classic bullet points, which bore myself to sleep.

In the past, I have used the black(or green)board backgrounds. But for this training, I can't seem to find what I'm looking for.  This course will help underwritters work smarter and more productively.

Any suggestions ?

Thanks,

Julie

23 Replies
Bruce Graham

Hi Julie, 

One style that I have been using for underwriting courses is images set to Black and White, with an 80% transparency.

Most bullets are not bullets anyway, so then can just put a few sentences per "slide" on top.

You can see a few examples here.

Priority Management - clocks, diaries, "winners", schedules, tasklists etc etc.

Hope this helps.

Bruce

Todd Thornton

@juile

Following along with Bruce, you could also incorporate an x/y axis with two key points denoting tradeoffs. Just create a blank one and then change the tradeoffs/priorities/ target points as you move along in the course. You wouldn't want the dashed lines but screenshot from Shutterstock below should illustrate the idea. It's weird, but if you put words on an arrow/graphic most people don't then consider them bullet points.

Todd

Bruce Graham

Todd Thornton said:

@juile

Following along with Bruce, you could also incorporate an x/y access with two key points denoting tradeoffs. Just create a blank one and then change the tradeoffs/priorities/ target points as you move along in the course. You wouldn't want the dashed lines but screenshot from Shutterstock below should illustrate the idea. It's weird, but if you put words on an arrow/graphic most people don't then consider them bullet points.

Todd


@Todd

Clever clever clever!

Could use "Markers" in the various quadrants - you could almost get an entire course on one slide!

Bruce

Julie Frappier

Todd, Bruce, THANK YOU !

This is what I was using as one of my graphic, but never thought of using it as background. CLEVER indeed !

This graphic was inserted in a standalone slide. No background image.

I think I'll use something similar to Shutterstock (the urgency and importance and leave the rest blank) for some of my slides.

Holly MacDonald

Julie

You might want to add "a day/week in the life" component - show a character who is grappling with managing time, then finds out that s/he is spending all time in P3 or even P4 areas. Then you can tell the story of what happens when s/he does not focus on the right priorities - you could use a calendar and create clickable areas that showed a snapshot of the day/task, and then contrast it with when s/he does and show snapshots of that day. That would allow you to be more descriptive of what types of things would fit in each quadrant with things that make sense to underwriters. Make sure to include what's in it for them. What will they gain from good priority management?

Hope that helps,

Holly 

Julie Frappier

Would anyone have ideas on how to make this graphic work in a slide?

I lack in visuals... I want to take Bruce's advice and get an entire course on one slide from this graphic. I'll alternate the graph depending on the content.

However, visually, I'm not sure if all content should be in the quadrant or some on the outside. If all inside, then I'm afraid the slide might be missing something. I could always enlarge the graphic...

Any thoughts?

Julie Frappier

@Bruce Thank you SO much. I love it.

What do you think about the graphic itself? I feel as though the graphic, only the graphic, seems kind of lost on the slide. There's a lot of white space. That's why I added the red border at the bottom with the course name. Any thoughts?

I also played with the red border. I placed it at the top.

Bruce Graham

White space is good, but not too much of it

I liked the red border that you added. The only thing that you might consider doing from a design perspective is to make it the same red as the target.

The RGB values change a little in the target image, but R191, G30, B48 should do it.

Have fun!

Bruce

Todd Thornton

I'm late to come back to this discussion, but in terms of having too much white space you can always duplicate the graphic/resize based on number of sections. If you are doing a course with 4 sections or 4 topics, (doesn't matter) on the main page you could have 4 targets each with the appropriate number of arrows in each target. (1,2,3,4) You'd then use 4 different slide masters in which you'd delete the 3 that are not necessary. (If you are in section 1, you would not show 2,3,4) That way students also know how far along they are in the course. Because of regulatory issues, I tend not to show a player menu to prevent skipping around so adding progress indicators in the background/on the slides can be helpful to students.

Todd

Todd Thornton

@julie

I didn't have arrows handy so I just used ink splatter and numbers which is probably a better way to illustrate the concept. The first image would be the course overview and the second would be what you'd see in section six.

Here's what something in section six could look like. (I used target bullets for speed, but I'd probably match up things better in a real course) Like I mentioned earlier, if students have access to the menu, using the slides/backgrounds to show how far along they are is not that relevant.