The bulletin board interaction in Engage 360 lets learners explore a series of items in a freeform manner. Use the bulletin board interaction to:

  • Make announcements.
  • Provide instructions or reminders.
  • Establish the details of a scenario.

Example of a bulletin board interaction in Articulate Engage 360

Exploring the Editor

The bulletin board editor has three columns with the following panels:

Steps

Located on the left side of the screen, this panel is used to manage notes for the bulletin board interaction.

Preview

Located at the top of the middle section, this panel is used to arrange the layout of notes on the bulletin board.

Text

Located at the bottom of the middle section, this panel is used to add text to each note.

Audio

Located in the upper right corner of the editor, this panel is used to add and edit audio.

Media

Located in the lower right corner, this panel is used to add pictures, characters, videos, and Flash movies.

 

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Here are some tips for working with the editor:

  • Change the width of a column by dragging its boundary with your mouse.
  • Expand the text panel by dragging its top boundary upward if you need more room to work with text.
  • Click the triangle in the upper right corner of the audio panel to collapse it if you need more room to work with the media panel. Click it again to reopen the panel.

Adding Notes to a Bulletin Board

Each step in a bulletin board interaction is called a note. To add a note, do any of the following:

  • Press Ctrl+M.
  • Go to the Bulletin Board tab on the ribbon and click Add Note.
  • Click the Create a new step button in the lower left corner of the Steps panel.
  • Click the Duplicate button at the bottom of the Steps panel to copy the currently selected note(s).

New notes get added just below the note that's currently selected in the Steps panel—unless the summary is selected, in which case new notes get added above it.

Tip: A bulletin board interaction can have up to 100 notes (not counting the introduction and summary).

Changing Color and Style of Notes

To change the color or style of a note, select the note in the Steps panel or on the bulletin board, then use the following formatting options on the ribbon:

Pin Color

This changes the color of the pushpin that attaches the note to the board. To use the same color for all pins, click the Apply to All button to the right of the color selector.

Note Color

This changes the color of the note. To use the same color for all notes, click the Apply to All button to the right of the color selector.

Note Style

This changes the rotation and curl of the note. To use the same style for all notes, click the Apply to All button to the right of the style selector.

 

Note: Custom colors can't be defined for notes and pins.

Renaming Notes

To rename a note, do either of the following:

  • Double-click the note in the Steps panel to open it for editing. Type the new name and press the Enter key on your keyboard.
  • Select the note in the Steps panel, then type the new name in the title field at the top of the text panel.

Tip: You can rename the introduction or summary in the same way.

Rearranging Notes

There are two aspects to arranging notes: layering and spatial layout.

Layering (or stacking) refers to how notes behave when they overlap on the board (three-dimensional arrangement).

Spatial layout refers to how notes are distributed across the board (two-dimensional arrangement).

Layering:

Layering is controlled by the order of notes in the Steps panel. The first note in the list is the bottommost note layered on the board. The last note in the list is the topmost note layered on the board. To change the layer order, select one or more notes in the Steps panel, and do any of the following:

  • Drag them to a new location in the list. An orange line will move with your mouse to indicate where the notes will be dropped when your mouse button is released.
  • Go to the Bulletin Board tab on the ribbon, click Move Note, then select Up or Down.
  • Use the Up and Down arrows at the bottom of the Steps panel.

The order of notes in the Steps panel also determines their sequential order when learners use the previous and next buttons on the player to navigate through the interaction.

Spatial Layout:

Spatial layout is easy to control. Simply drag notes to a new location on the bulletin board.

Simply drag notes in the preview panel to rearrange them on the bulletin board.

Tip: Use the arrow keys on your keyboard for more precise placement. Hold down the Ctrl key while pressing the arrows keys for even tighter control.

Deleting Notes

To delete a note, select it in the Steps panel or on the bulletin board, then do any of the following:

  • Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
  • Go to the Bulletin Board tab on the ribbon and click Delete Note.
  • Click the Delete button at the bottom of the Steps panel.

Tip: You can't delete the introduction or summary, but you can hide them.

Adding Content to Notes

To add text, audio, and media to each note, see these user guides:

Adding and Formatting Text
Adding Audio
Adding Media

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