Bullet points have been a staple in presentations and e-learning courses since the beginning. It’s easy to see why—they’re a simple and effective way to organize content. However, like anything, they work best when used in moderation.
Thanks to all of the block options in Rise 360, bullet points aren’t the only fast and easy option for presenting your content. However, if you’re used to relying heavily on bullet points, you might be struggling to come up with ideas for creative alternatives. You’re not alone! Let’s look at some block types that work well for content traditionally reserved for bullet points.
1. Checkbox Lists
You might wonder, what’s the difference between a bullet-point list and a checkbox list? Interactivity, that’s what! Checkbox list blocks in Rise 360 let learners interact with the content, making them less likely to skim over it. Checkbox lists are especially useful when you want learners to reflect on each item and check it off when they’re done or if it applies to them, like in the example below:
Do you ever use your pointer finger as a guide when you read, to underline the sentence you’re currently scanning with your eyes? Checkbox lists work in a similar way—preventing learners from losing their spot and helping them stay focused on the text they’re currently reading.
2. Flashcard Grids
Next let’s take a look at another one of my go-to Rise 360 blocks for bullet-point content: the flashcard grid. Using flashcards is a great way to minimize the amount of text displayed at any given time, which in turn reduces the cognitive load and makes it easier for learners to focus.
With flashcards in Rise 360, you have the option to use text on both sides, images on both sides, or one of each. It’s up to you! Here’s what it looks like when you use text on both sides:
And here’s another example, with images on one side and text on the other:
See how the images draw you in and make you want to click? If you like the way that looks but don’t have any graphics on hand, don’t worry. Thanks to Content Library 360, you have access to millions of images and illustrations—right from within Rise 360!
3. Labeled Graphics
You can also use one illustration to represent all of your bullet points, like in the example below, and add interactive markers the learner can click on to view the text.
Illustrations aren’t the only option for this approach; photos can work just as well. Check out the example below to see for yourself:
For tips on finding the imagery you need, head on over to this article: How to Find the Images You Want in Content Library 360.
Another creative way to transform your bullet points is by using a series of large images in a carousel block and adding the text below, like in this example:
Are you starting to see a theme here? Whenever possible, it’s a good idea to use relevant images alongside text-based content. It adds visual interest and breaks up the monotony, increasing the likelihood that your learners won’t gloss over your content.
If your bullet points are longer and you’re looking for a way to make them less visually intimidating, accordion blocks are a great option. When learners arrive on the screen, they only see the titles. When they click on the plus (+) icons, they see the additional information for each tab one at a time, making it easier to digest. Take a look at how it works in the example below:
Note that while the example above is text only, you can also add images to each tab if you’d like. It’s up to you!
Much like accordion blocks, tabs break up your content and allow learners to focus on one thing at a time.
In the example above, each tab contains only a sentence or two of text, but that’s something you get to determine. And, of course, you can also add any other relevant multimedia elements you have on hand.
If you found this article helpful, be sure to check out the resources below for more inspiring ideas:
- 7 Creative Ways to Use Images in Rise 360 Courses
- 5 Ideas for Turning Boring Bullets into Engaging Interactions
- Basic Elements of an E-Learning Course
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