Choose Your Own E-Learning Challenge Topic #129

Choose Your Own Challenge #129: Challenge | Recap

Challenge Ideas, Inspiration, and User-Submitted Topics

Where Do You Get Your Challenge Ideas?

The biggest challenge isn’t coming up with ideas as much as it is deciding which challenge to do each week. I currently have over a year’s worth of future challenges mapped out and a Google Doc with over a hundred potential challenge ideas.

Challenge Ideas, Inspiration, and User-Submitted Topics

There’s at least 10+ years’ worth of challenges based on core topics like instructional design, multimedia (audio, video, animation), professional development, and mobile learning.

Industry E-Learning Challenges

Industry-based topics like food and beverage, workplace safety, ethics, education, and airline safety ensure we have another 10+ years of challenges in the queue.

Finally, I pull ideas from forum discussions, user-shared freebies, blog posts, current events, and, of course, creative examples shared in the community.

“I have an idea for a challenge. Can I suggest a weekly challenge topic?”

You sure can. I really like when users submit topic ideas because it helps me tailor the challenges around current, real-world projects.

I haven’t built “real” courses in a several years, so I appreciate when users suggest challenge ideas based on their current projects. And user-based ideas is what this week’s challenge is all about!

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to choose your own e-learning challenge topic and build an example for that challenge. You can choose any e-learning, instructional design, multimedia, or industry-based topic you like.


There’s only one catch.... You didn’t think I’d give away total control, did you?

This week’s entry must be original. You can’t reuse an example you shared in a previous challenge.

But you’re welcome to do a variation on a previous challenge. For example, if you want to share a Tabs Challenge #3, your challenge could be something more specific, like a Vertical Tabs, or Image-Based Tabs. Then you could modify something you shared in a previous challenge.

When you post your entry, please tell us your challenge topic by introducing your entry with, “This week, your challenge is to ...”. This will help others know what to look for when viewing your example.

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you take the challenge reins, check out the airline safety examples your fellow community members shared in last week’s e-learning challenge:

Preflight Safety Demonstrations #128

Airline Safety Training #128: Challenge | Recap


Rise to the challenge this week, E-Learning Heroes!

New to the E-Learning Challenges?

The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

Magic Johnson
Linda Lorenzetti
Cecilia  Bernal
Maija Perfiljeva

Perfect timing, as I just finished a side-project I started a very long while ago. My topic was a practical training for a travel agency and my challenge was to make it as variable-based as possible. Here's the result: While it looks quite simple, it uses 56 variables to track and calculate all aspects of booking, calculate the review score and populate the review comments. I went crazy with the variables as an experiment to reduce the amount of content that would need maintenance/updates. For example, the slide where you book accommodation is the same one for all three scenarios. So, if anything about the accommodation changes, you need to correct only one slide, instead of three. In the end, I cut down what could've been 33 slides to 11. I'll try to add a bl... Expand

Maija Perfiljeva
Irshad kachchi

Possibilities of making classroom based practical via e-Learning I was working on an e-Learning module on how to “tie a knot to restrain load on the vehicle.” Till date, I have developed more than 1500+ hours of courses. But for the first time, I’ve got a situation where I felt as if I was running out of ideas to make the course interactive. The challenge here was to teach the user how to work around with the ropes. If training was on software simulation, then gamification, scenarios and drag & drop would have made the things interactive. But here it was working with ropes and I was not sure how to make it interactive. Initially, I used static images with explanatory text to explain the procedure on how to ... Expand

Zsolt Olah
Tracy Carroll

Demo: Freebie Download: Post: This week, my challenge was to develop a template with Closed-Captioning. I wanted each sentence to appear separately, synchronized with the narration, at the bottom of the slide. (I've had clients who have rejected the Notes tab option, and vetoed the scrolling panel idea for CC.) With this template, you can turn on the CC on any slide, and it will continue to show on every slide with narration, unless you turn it off. The narration is synced to cue points on the slide. You can customize the template with your own images and narration, using the variables and triggers that have been set-up for you. The narration is courtesy of voice actor Andy Bowyer, who gives away a free narratio... Expand

John Toh
Dianne Hope
Veronica Budnikas

Hi all, I love movies and when I watch a movie at home I inevitably have a sketch pad with me so I can jot down any visual ideas I might see. I always make notes and drawings about how I could use a certain effect or shot, or whatever it is in e-learning. So, this week my challenge is to use the credit sequence of a movie of your choice as inspiration to create an e-learning interaction. I created an interaction that could be used as part of an induction course, and I used the credits of the movie The Heat as inspiration. I did a sneaky screencast of the credits so you can see the source of inspiration, but with no audio (the movie has a really cool song playing). Inspired by: My version: Expand

Adam Gavarkovs

HI All. I chose "ARCADE GAME CHALLENGE" for myself. The aim is to create learner controlled character (aka Betty) movement just like in mobile or arcade games using triggers, variables and motion paths. You can move Betty across the screen without her falling off both sides of the screen. I left the demo unfinished with the following challenge to everyone who wants to think about it: 1. Create auto respond from Diane (in blue) when Betty (in green, learner-controlled) gets close. 2. Add suitable action for the ACTION button and other game elements (such as scores) 2. Suggest suitable learning / training contexts for this type of interaction. The demo and source files are below. Demo: Source f... Expand

Ashi (Neha) Tandon
Joanne Chen
Daniela Slater
Daniela Slater
Daniela Slater