Timers are a common element in game-based learning where time constraints play a role in the success or failure of a task. Timers can be used for most decision-making activities that require learners to quickly process information.
Animated timers can be used to:
- Create a sense of urgency, tension, or pressure
- Simulate real-world tasks that involve time constraints
- Gamify decision-making activities
- Create timed skill and drill exercises
Timers can be created using a variety of techniques including video clips and basic entrance animations. The best part is that timers can be visually themed to align with your course content. Let's look at a few examples:
Card Match Game
Try your memory in this card matching game from Richard Hill. First shared in the memory game challenge, this game features an animated timer that puts learners under pressure to complete the puzzle.
Wait! How’d he do that?
The effect was created using Storyline’s wheel entrance animation and a 35-second duration. Using a longer duration, the entrance animation creates the visual countdown effect. Brilliant!
One Creative Timer Begets Another
I really like the way he visually connected the design of his timer to the theme of his game.
Ridvan shared a few more visual timers that you can download from this discussion thread.
Using Timers to Gamify Existing Slides
You can download his source file and use that as a starting point for this week's challenge.
Using Video Clips as Timers
Animated timers can even be created with simple tools like PowerPoint.
In this example, Tracy Parish created an animated loading bar effect in PowerPoint. Using a screencasting tool, she recorded the animation as it played back.
Because Storyline has a trigger to evaluate when a when a media clip completes, the video’s duration becomes the timer.
Challenge of the Week
This week, your challenge is to share an example that demonstrates how animated timers can be used in e-learning.
NOTE: Your entry can be anything from a rough concept to a polished example. The challenges are open to everyone, regardless of experience or skill level. If you need technical or creative help with your project, please ask in our forums and reference the challenge number you’re working on.
Last Week’s Challenge:
Before you put the time squeeze on your learners, check out the fantastic notecard examples your fellow community members shared in the previous challenge:
Have a great time this week, E-Learning Heroes!
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