One of the most common interactions in e-learning is the scenario interaction where two (or more) characters are engaged in a conversation. The characters are placed together on the slide and speech balloons are used to indicate what each character is saying.
But speech balloons are only one way designers can show speech and verbal communication. What are some other ways? That’s what you’ll answer in this week’s challenge!
To get help you get started, I’ve rounded up a few community examples that feature creative ways to show dialogue.
There’s no better guide to understanding speech balloons than Comic Book Grammar & Tradition by Nate Piekos. You’ll find a list of every type of speech balloons and when you should use them. If you’re building e-learning scenarios, you’ll want to bookmark this article.
Comic Style Speech Bubbles in E-Learning
Speech balloons don’t have to be used with comic or illustrated characters. I like the way this example combines comic style panels and speech balloons with photographic characters.
Interactive Conversations in E-Learning
In this example, users control the pacing of the conversation by clicking characters to advance from question to answer. The overlapping speech balloons help learners focus on each character’s words.
Using Pull Quotes to Depict Speech
Typically used in journalism, pull quotes are graphic elements that are used to highlight an excerpt or key phrase from an article. This type of approach also works well for showing on-slide speech.
Instant Message Experience
Simulating instant messages on mobile phones is another way to show digital communication.
Showing Text Messages in Film
House of Cards uses animated chat boxes layered over live action footage. This enables viewers to remain in the scene with the actor while the text messages are displayed.
Sherlock takes a more simplistic approach by using floating words without the bubbles around the text. This prevents the graphic elements from appearing outdated as text messaging styles change.
You can learn more about the ways filmmakers are experimenting with text messaging styles in A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film.
Challenge of the Week
This week your challenge is to show how dialogue can be shown in e-learning courses. You can focus on talking, texting, instant messaging, video chats, or any other form of communication.
Your projects can be static or interactive and you can build your demos with any authoring tool. We just want to see your creative solutions for showing dialogue in e-learning.
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Articles and blog posts:
Downloads and templates:
- More than 100 Free Callouts for Your Online Course Design
- Over 45 Free Speech Bubbles to Make Your E-Learning Courses Talk
- FREEBIE - speech and thought bubbles in PowerPoint
Last Week’s Challenge:
Before you sweet talk your way through this week’s challenge, check out the audio portfolio examples shared over the past week:
Wishing you a chat-tastic week, E-Learning Heroes!
New to 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.