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A lot of creative work comes from changing up default settings. You start with something so common it’s taken for granted and see if you can tweak it to build something more interesting or delightful. 

The “Next” button is a perfect example: an old standby that’s ready for some reimagining. Could you turn parts of your content into navigation, let learners explore the course in any order they choose, or something completely different?

These seven examples from the E-Learning Heroes community show you how to execute these ideas, and more: 

  1. Dave Charney uses drag-and-drop navigation to reinforce learners’ understanding of course content.
  2. Tom Washam’s tiled navigation example proves that good ideas can come from anywhere, including playing Xbox.
  3. Richard Hill uses 3-D tools to navigate a workshop procedure step-by-step.
  4. David Anderson demonstrates the post-roll NEXTCHA technique in this example. (You can learn more about this technique in his post.)
  5. Kimberly Bourque Valliere guides learners through a process with stylish drag-and-drop navigation.
  6. Veronica Budnikas gives learners the chance to explore content in any order with a drop-down menu.
  7. Dan Graham cleverly designed the course navigation in this gaming addiction example to mimic a slot machine lever. 

You’ll find many other examples in this E-Learning Challenge on creative navigation techniques. Of course, if you have an example of your own that you’d like to share, share it in a comment on the challenge post!

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