e-learning course markers

There’s no shortage of ways to add interactivity to your e-learning courses with Articulate Storyline. Today we’re going to take a look at one of my personal favorites: e-learning course markers! What’s so great about markers? Not only are they easy to add to your project, they’re incredibly versatile. You can insert many types of content in a marker, including:

  • text
  • images
  • videos
  • audio

They’re also highly customizable. You can change the color, animation type, and icon to fit your needs. Let’s take a look at some examples of meaningful interactions you can create using markers.

1. Tool Tips, Hints, or Additional Explanations

Markers are a great way to build “self-serve” content into your course, so learners who need it can see it, and learners who don’t can opt out.

For example, if your course contains a lot of complicated terms or acronyms that some learners may not know, you could use markers to provide definitions, like Trina Rimmer does in this example. That way, learners have instant access to the definition, instead of having to go look in a glossary.

Tool Tips, Hints, or Additional Explanations

Another instance when markers come in handy is when you’re creating software simulations. With them, you can give learners the reins, yet still provide them with guidance if they lose their way, like in this example by Charles Hamper.

Tool Tips, Hints, or Additional Explanations - 2

2. Explorable Images or Screenshots

You can also use markers to enhance images such as technical diagrams or product images. In this example created by Jeanette Brooks, we can see how she added markers to highlight the different components of the coffee machine and provided learners with additional information.

Explorable Images

Markers are also a great way to add interactivity to screenshots or screencasts while providing learners with on-demand, supplementary information. This demo shows how markers can turn a static screenshot into an interactive learning experience. This technique allows learners to check out the screenshot in the order that they want, taking as much time as they need while still receiving some guidance if they want it.

Explorable Screenshots

3. Click-and-Reveal or Tabs-Like Interactions

If you’ve got a lot of content to present and you’re pressed for time, why not create a simple click-and-reveal interaction using markers, like this one by Mike Enders? You can choose from a wide range of icons that enable learners to anticipate the kind of content they will see in each marker.

Click-and-Reveal or Tabs-Like Interactions

4. Interactive Maps or Virtual Tours

Adding markers to maps or floorplans is a great way to guide learners as they explore. Whether it’s a fictitious map you’ve created as part of a storytelling e-learning course, like this one by Sam Yates ...

Interactive Maps or Virtual Tours

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