Happy Friday, e-learning Olympians! With the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics today, we’re jumping into the spirit of the games with our own e-learning challenge. You’ve trained so long for this moment—now, it’s your turn go for gold.

This week’s challenge

This week your challenge is to design an e-learning template for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. You can design a general template for the Winter Olympics, or focus your template around a specific country or event.

Your goal should be to build out at least five slides for your template:

  • Cover slide
  • Objectives slide
  • Quiz slide
  • Interaction slide (tabs, timeline, etc.)
  • Scenario slide

Alternative challenge:

Keeping with the sports theme, you can also celebrate the Super Bowl champions with a Seattle Seahawks-inspired design template. You know Tom will appreciate seeing what you come up with.


You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio ’09, Articulate Studio ’13, or PowerPoint to create your Olympic template.


Tom has some great posts on finding design inspiration, creating starter templates and using websites to get started. If you read only one post, I’d check out the post on creating an e-learning template. It outlines the most common slide designs found in courses.

Sharing your examples:

  • Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published project. The comments section allows links but not attachments. If you have a question or want to share your source files, you should use the forums.
  • Forums: Create your own thread in our E-Learning Heroes forums and share a link to your published source file. You can also attach your project files if you’d like some help or feedback.
  • Personal blog: Post your published example on your own blog and place a link in the comments below.

Last week’s e-learning challenge

To help you limber up for this week’s e-learning events, check out the freestyle examples shared in last week’s drag-and-drop challenge:


The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. We’ll feature your work and provide feedback if you request it.

Have a gold-medal week, E-Learning Heroes!

Even if you’re using a trial version of Studio ’13 or Storyline, you can absolutely publish your challenge files. Just sign up for a fully functional, free trial, and have at it. And remember to post your questions and comments in the forums; we're here to help. For more e-learning tips, examples, and downloads, follow us on Twitter.

Jackie Van Nice
Alex O'Byrne
David Anderson
David Anderson
Jeff Kortenbosch
Jeff Kortenbosch

A few things about my template I wanted to share as it was so much fun putting it together. The opening video is actually the Olympic trailer from the Dutch sports program that shows the Olympics. I just setup Articulate Replay to record it from an online video and imported it into my course. The navigation is based on Davids demo he showed me two years ago (http://learn.articulate.com/custom-navigation/) obviously the textual buttons could also be icons. I added the fly-in downward point arrow to emphasize the menu. Since I wanted to be a mobile template I removed the standard previous and next buttons and added to custom buttons to the left and right of the screen. Add a nice push slide transition and the mobile experience is complete. One of the pages I have not put togethe... Expand

Gemma Henderson
Sam Lincoln