Recently I wrote two parts of a three-part series on how you can take a piece of content and turn it into a variety of interactivity types. For example, I turned this blah PowerPoint deck on ‘how to sell …”
... into a fun, interactive drag-and-drop (Transform Boring Content into a Fun Drag-and-Drop) as well as a hover-and-reveal interaction (Here’s How I Transformed This Static E-Learning Content).
I’m pleased to present the third and final part of this series: the click-and-reveal. Let me explain a few of the tricks I used to turn plain text content into this polished-looking interaction.
Chunk Content with Layers
In our “before” example, all of the content is laid out on two slides, making for a lot of text per slide. The first thing I did was use Articulate Storyline’s layers to create a layer for each step in the selling process. Then, I chunked out the content so each layer displayed the info for just one step. This way, the learners can click through the steps one at a time and consume the content at their own pace, instead of being overwhelmed with lengthy paragraphs.
Incorporate Fun Character Poses
In addition to creating a layer for each step in the process, I added in a different character pose for each step. I tried to associate the pose of the character to match the step in the process, and I think it adds a fun, personal element to the content.
Another simple technique for presenting content in a more smooth and sophisticated fashion is to use simple animations on your objects. Having a text heading fly in, and then timing your text and on-slide content to appear in a certain order, can have a huge impact on how learners take in and retain the information that you’re presenting to them.
A few other things I’d like to call out about this interaction: you’ll notice I’ve eliminated the default gray Storyline player completely to give my course a seamless look. I’ve also applied a dark background color. Here’s an article that explains how to create an invisible player.
Another trick I used to create this click-and-reveal is the button set. I applied a button set to the numbered circles that display the layers with the content. With the button set in place, it means that only one circle at a time can show the selected state. If you don’t currently use button sets, they are a MUST and a huge time-saver, so do yourself a favor and learn more about them here: A Great Storyline Timesaver: Button Sets.
If you enjoy this numbered Storyline 2 click-and-reveal interaction, you'll be pleased to know a free, downloadable version is also available.
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